Driving Change: United Way of Martin County's Ride United Program Receives $21,222 Grant from United Way Worldwide

United Way of Martin County is excited to announce that its Ride United Program has been awarded a $21,222 grant from United Way Worldwide. Martin County is proud to be one of 55 United Way organizations across the nation to receive this vital support and one of only four in Florida - receiving the highest grant amount among Florida recipients.

Ride United addresses critical transportation needs in Martin County, providing temporary and complimentary rides to community members. Since its inception the program has achieved remarkable success:

  • From August 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024:
    • 342 Unduplicated Riders
    • 2,093 Rides Completed
    • $18.06 Average Cost Per Ride

By offering reliable transportation, Ride United ensures that lack of transportation is not a barrier to accessing essential services such as medical appointments, employment opportunities, and educational resources.

"We are incredibly honored and grateful to receive this grant from United Way Worldwide," said Carol G. Houwaart-Diez, United Way of Martin County President and CEO. "The funding will enable us to expand our Ride United Program, helping even more community members overcome transportation challenges."


Ride scheduling is available during operating business hours (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.). Morning, evening and weekend rides are available upon pre-scheduled request. To obtain a ride, eligible participants must:

  • Be a Martin County resident
  • Travel to/from a Martin County location
  • Have a critical service need (medical appointments, employment opportunities, educational resources, food procurement)
  • Be 18+ years old or accompanied by an adult
  • Schedule rides during operating business hours (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)


The program has already demonstrated a profound impact on the community, and with this new grant, it is shifting into high gear. United Way of Martin County is committed to building a stronger, more resilient community, and this grant is a testament to the effectiveness and importance of our programs.

For more information about Ride United or how you can support the program, please visit www.unitedwaymartin.org/RideUnited or contact our office at 772-283-4800.

About United Way of Martin County
United Way of Martin County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: enhance healthy living, improve education, and support financial stability. To learn more about United Way of Martin County, visit www.unitedwaymartin.org.