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 round-trip, on-demand 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 and schedule a ride.
- ARC of Martin County: (772) 283-2525
Services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Caring Children Clothing Children: (772) 221-8777
Provides clothing and literacy services to children who need assistance
- Health & Human Services Department Martin County: (772) 288-5785
Provides information, referrals, resources, and services, through collaboration with community partners with the goal of supporting sustainability.
- Hobe Sound Early Learning Center: (772) 546-5462
Provides families, regardless of income, an affordable early-education program
- Hobe Sound Strong
- 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
- Martin County Healthy Start: (772) 463-2888
Support and education to pregnant women, infants, and their families
- Lifebuilders of the Treasure Coast: (772) 882-1222
Services for those progressing through the criminal justice system or dependency court
- Light of the World Charities: (772) 223-9781
Provides free dental care for uninsured, low-income children
- SafeSpace: (772) 223-2399
Provides services to victims of domestic violence and their children
- Tykes & Teens: (772) 220-3439
Provides mental health and wellness services for children and families
- Veteran Services Martin County: (772) 288-5448
Assists former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents in obtaining federal and state benefits available to them as a result of their active military service.
- Volunteers in Medicine (VIM): (772) 218-9366
Provide free healthcare for those who have no access to care.
This free service is available to clients of a participating agency who need transportation for any of the following areas:
- Health appointments
- Employment opportunities
- Procurement of food
- 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 case by case basis)