Uber Grant Provides Opportunity to Restart Ride Program for The Salvation Army
Anchorage- The Salvation Army Alaska Division has been selected as a grant recipient of the 2018 Uber PNW Community Impact Initiative. The $5,000 in-kind Uber ride credits will enable The Salvation Army to restart their ride program for homebound senior participants of its Older Alaskans Program.
This partnership between The Salvation Army and Uber brings both organizations together to address a significant community challenge in an innovative and impactful way. By utilizing the core of Uber’s business operations, The Salvation Army will be able to solve the challenges that were brought forth after the ride program was discontinued due to funding restraints.
"In the communities where we do business, we use our technology and resources to support organizations that are making meaningful, positive impact,” said Brooke Steger, General Manager for Uber in the Pacific Northwest. “The Salvation Army Alaska Division is certainly one of those organizations, so we’re proud to support their work.”
The senior population in Alaska is increasing at a faster pace than any other population in the state. Many of those seniors are remaining in their own homes as opposed to moving to a senior care facility. The support service we provide through the Older Alaskans Program works to support the growing needs of seniors who do not have access to transportation.
“Through the partnership between The Salvation Army and Uber, the Older Alaskans Program can now use the ride credits to transport participants in need to their medical appointments,” said Robert DeBerry, Salvation Army Alaska Division Communications Manager. “The loss of the ride program left a significant gap in our services, so we’re grateful to get it partially back up and running again for those most in need.”