|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[Seattle/Los Angeles/Chicago/Washington DC] (April 14, 2021) – The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) today announced that in partnership with Lyft, they will provide access to free or discounted rides for Asian American Pacific Islander older adults throughout the country to get to and from vaccination sites. This is made possible in part through support from fellow Lyft partner, Chase. The collaboration is part of Lyft’s Universal Vaccine Access campaign, which is mobilizing a coalition of partners to provide access to rides to and from vaccination sites across the country.
“Our partnership with Lyft allows for a collaborative solution to support our most vulnerable community members,” said Joon Bang, President & CEO, NAPCA. “COVID-19 has amplified transportation insecurity and with the continued increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, our initiative seeks to prioritize safety and transportation access for Asian American and Pacific Islander older adults. We’re thankful for all of the teams at Lyft and Chase for standing with our community and working with us to help put our elders first.”
“Access to reliable transportation represents a major barrier to care for millions of Americans across the country, especially for vulnerable communities” said Heather Foster, Head of National Policy Engagement, Lyft. “The strength of all of our partners, including the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA), combined with our ability to address transportation barriers enables us to support equitable vaccine access to those who need it most.”
Individuals in need of transportation access from the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-336-2722 (English), 1-800-582-4218 (廣東話/Cantonese), 1-800-683-7427 (普通话/Mandarin), 1-800-582-4259 (한국어/Korean), and 1-800-582-4336 (Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese) or visit www.napca.org for more support. To learn more about how Lyft is helping people book vaccine rides for themselves or a loved one, or to fund a ride for someone in need, please visit the Lyft website.
About National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
Founded in 1979, NAPCA is the only national non-profit organization that preserves and promotes the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and diverse older adults. In its 41 years, NAPCA has served over 100,000 diverse older adults through the organization’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), Resource Center, and the newly launched Multilingual Helpline.
Lyft was founded in 2012 and is one of the largest transportation networks in the United States and Canada. As the world shifts away from car ownership to transportation-as-a-service, Lyft is at the forefront of this massive societal change. Our transportation network brings together rideshare, bikes, scooters, car rentals and transit all in one app. We are singularly driven by our mission: to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.