United Way Expands Ride United Program to Support Pandemic Recovery

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 4, 2021) – United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg today announced the expansion of its Ride United program, which launched in May as a resource for individuals to get to and from COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Now, the program is expanding to offer a greater range of services to support pandemic recovery.

Ride United now offers round-trip, on-demand Lyft rides to connect community members to services that are critical to pandemic recovery, including education, employment, health care and more. Riders fill out a request form and, if eligible, are contacted via text message with next steps.

The program will also become available to individuals living in the Fredericksburg region through a partnership with the Rappahannock United Way. This expansion is scheduled to launch in mid-October.

The program and its expansion were made possible by a $10,000 donation from the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen.

“Transportation continues to be a challenge for many across our region as we work our way out of the pandemic. Access to school, jobs and healthcare is especially important,” said James Taylor, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. “We saw an opportunity to expand the program to benefit more people in and beyond our region after our initial rollout in May and we’re grateful to for the continued support of Allen & Allen in this expansion of services.”

“The Ride United program is a great addition to the many COVID inspired resources that Rappahannock United Way has provided to our community during the pandemic,” said Sarah Walsh, chief impact officer at Rappahannock United Way. “Having reliable and affordable transportation has been an ongoing challenge for many local households when trying to access healthcare services and work, so we are proud to join forces with our friends at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and Allen & Allen.”

For individuals interested in using the program, Ride United can be utilized for the following reasons:


Medical Trips* 
  • COVID-19 vaccine appointments 
  • Flu vaccine appointments 
  • Non-emergency medical appointments 
  • Pharmacy/prescription pick up 
  • Non-emergency hospital visit 

*Ride United may NOT be used for COVID-19 testing. 

Employment Trips 

  • Job interview, job training, job fair 
  • Pre-job requirement (drug test, finger printing, other required documentation) 
  • Work (one-time) 

Public Benefits Trips 

  • Department of Social and Health Services 
  • Social Security Administration 
  • Rental Assistance Appointment 
  • Utility Assistance Appointment 
  • WIC Appointment 
  • Tax Preparation Services 
  • Financial Coaching 
  • Medicaid/CHIP Benefits Access 
  • Housing Benefits Access 

School Success and Readiness 

  • School physicals 
  • Required school vaccination appointments 
  • Kindergarten Registration 
  • Classroom meetings with teachers

Of the program expansion, Edward Allen, president of Allen & Allen said, “At Allen & Allen, we’re always looking for meaningful ways to make an impact across the community, and with offices in both Richmond and Fredericksburg, we’re excited to see the positive effect this program has on people looking to improve their lives.”

For more information about Ride United, visit www.YourUnitedWay.org/ride-united.


About United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg empowers individuals and addresses systemic problems to provide everyone with a clear path to success. We do this by conducting research, funding programs and organizations, driving systems-level change and engaging with individuals in 11 localities across the region. Learn more at YourUnitedWay.org.

About Rappahannock United Way

Celebrating over 80 years in our community, Rappahannock United Way is a local nonprofit serving Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline. Rappahannock United Way’s vision is a community where individuals and families achieve their potential through Education, Financial Stability and Healthy Living. Together, we can create opportunities for a better tomorrow.