Ride United

Most of us take transportation for granted. The ability to get from Point A to Point B, while critical, is usually an afterthought. For many people in our community, however, transportation is a major challenge. If you cannot drive yourself and are unable to secure a ride, transportation can be an insurmountable barrier between you and your job, your doctor, your school and more.

Our local United Way wants to help people get where they’re going, which is why we launched Ride United. Ride United is a United Way program that provides on-demand Lyft rides for people with no other transportation options.

How does It work?

Ride United offers temporary, pre-scheduled LYFT rides to connect Martin County residents to education, employment, health care and other critical services. Those in need of transportation assistance should reach out to a participating agency to determine eligibility or schedule a ride.

Ride scheduling is available during operating business hours (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.). Weekend and evening rides are available upon pre-scheduled request. 

Drivers are not employed through United Way; they are local community members employed by Lyft. 



Agencies, Eligibility, Restrictions



  • ARC of the Treasure Coast: 772-283-2525
    Services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • CareerSource Research Coast: 866-482-4473 x116
    Manages a workforce development service delivery system.

  • Caring Children Clothing Children (4C's): 772-221-8777
    Provides clothing and literacy services to children who need assistance.

  • Cleveland Clinic Martin North Cancer Center: 772-223-5945 x13719
    Offers comprehensive cancer care for patients and families.

  • Communities Connected for Kids: 772-201-2522
    Enhances the safety, permanency and well-being of children through a community network of family support services.

  • Council on Aging: 772-223-7800
    Provides care and services to seniors to improve quality of life.

  • GenesisCare: 772-403-2390
    Provides advanced treatments and comprehensive care for cancer and other complex diseases.

  • Hobe Sound Early Learning Center: 772-546-5462
    Provides families, regardless of income, an affordable early education program.

  • Hobe Sound Strong: 862-262-1661
    Increases kindergarten readiness.

  • Hope Center for Autism: 772-334-3288
    Services for children affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • House of Hope: 772-286-4673
    Provides food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information, referral and case management.

  • LAHIA: 772-781-7002
    Reduce hunger and mitigate serious health and safety risks for adults and families who are homeless and/or indigent living.

  • LifeBuilders of the Treasure Coast: 772-882-1222
    Services for those progressing through the criminal justice system or dependency court.

  • Little Lights Dentistry: 772-223-9781
    Provides free dental care for uninsured, low-income children.

  • Martin County Family Promise: 772-266-9327
    Assists families experiencing homelessness and low-income families to achieve independent, sustainable housing.

  • Martin County Health Department: 772-221-4000
    Protect, promote & improve the health of all Martin County residents.

  • Martin County Health & Human Services Department: 772-288-5785
    Provides information, referrals, resources, and services, through collaboration with community partners to support sustainability. 

  • Martin County Healthy Start: 772-463-2888
    Support and education to pregnant women, infants, and their families.

  • Martin County Library Systems: 772-219-4907
    Connect with people to create learning experiences that improve individuals and communities.

  • Martin County School District: 772-219-1200
    Educate all students for success.

  • Martin CountyVeteran Services: 772-288-5448
    Assists former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents in obtaining federal and state benefits available to them.

  • New Horizons of the Treasure Coast: 772-468-5600
    Comprehensive mental health and substance use recovery agency.

  • SafeSpace: 772-223-2399
    Provides services to victims of domestic violence and their children.

  • Salvation Amry: 772-288-1471 x203
    Serves clients through case management services.

  • Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce: 772-287-1088 x103
    Unites business and professional people to expand the economy of our area.

  • The Inner Truth Project: 772-200-4599
    Offers therapeutic services to survivors of sexual trauma and educates the larger community on prevention strategies.

  • Treasure Coast Hospice: 772-233-8984
    Provides hospice and grief support services to patients and families.

  • Tykes & Teens: 772-220-3439
    Provides mental health and wellness services for children and families.

  • Volunteers in Medicine (VIM): 772-218-9366
    Provide free healthcare for those who have no access to care.

This free service is available to Martin County residents or clients of a participating agency who need transportation for any of the following areas:

  • Health appointments
  • Employment opportunities
  • Procurement of food
  • Educational
  • Legal
  • Housing
  • Economic stability

Client must be a Martin County resident and 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult.

  • Client cannot alter the route to do other business/errands without consent from the requesting agency and UWMC. These rides are meant for a single or round-trip ride to and from the destination.  
  • The maximum limit is $25 each way, with exceptions for emergency situations. Every effort will be made to accommodate as many rides as the grant will provide with a minimum of 250 one-way rides or 125 round trip rides.
  • Rides can be canceled within an hour of trip with no cancellation fees. Fees will not be charged to participating agency or client, but will reduce the number of trips available through the grant. 
  • This grant is purposefully designed with low barriers to access services. As per the grant recommendations, there is no income level to be eligible to participate in this program, however a local restriction is a client can only make use of this program a maximum of 5 times (round-trip) per grant cycle or on a case-by-case basis.