Rappahannock United Way and the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg have announced the expansion of its Ride United program, which originally 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 in the Greater Fredericksburg region beginning 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.
The Ride United program seeks to reduce transportation barriers that prevent individuals from accessing healthcare, getting quality jobs, completing education programs, and more. Transportation has proven to be a key issue for many individuals seeking 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 the next steps.
Request a Ride
Rappahannock United Way is committed to helping increase vaccine access to families and individuals in our communities by providing free rides (up to $25) each way, to and from vaccination appointments. If you need transportation to get to a vaccine site, you can request a free or discounted ride through the Lyft Ride Service by filling out the registration form.
For COVID-19 vaccine appointments, individuals may request up to three rides total.
For all other uses, individuals may request up to two rides per person/phone number per week for up to two months.
You must download and install the Lyft app BEFORE YOU GET YOUR FREE RIDE.
If you do not have the Lyft app you can sign-up here: Fredericksburg - Lyft
If you want to get a fare estimate for your ride before you go: Lyft Fare Estimate
Ride United can be utilized for:
- 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.)
- Job interviews, job training, and job fairs
- 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