Free Rides to Veterans for Job Interviews

Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to veterans for job interviews

By Leo Shane III and Andrew Tilghman, Staff writers 8:10 a.m. EST November 10, 2015

An Uber app is displayed as cars drive by in Washington, D.C. The ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber will be donating free rides to veterans who need transportation for job interviews.(Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will donate tens of thousands of free trips to veterans for transportation to work, job interviews and other critical needs, officials announced Tuesday.

The move is part of a broader effort by the White House’s Joining Forces initiative to help end homelessness among veterans, and encourage corporate partners to fill the unmet needs of America’s military families. Initiative officials made the announcement on behalf of the two companies on the eve of Veterans Day.

The ride-sharing services offer on-demand transportation services in metropolitan areas across the country, allowing people to use their phones to request and pay for cab service.

“We have heard time and time again that transportation to and from work and job interviews is often a significant hurdle for homeless veterans trying to find work,” Air Force Col. Nicole Malachowski, Joining Forces executive director, wrote in a statement hailing the announcement.

“If a veteran is working a night shift or employed in a remote area of a city, public transportation is not always a viable option, and there is limited funding available for alternative transportation.”

Company officials said the rides will be made available in coming months, through veterans organizations working with the Labor Department’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.

In addition, Uber officials announced plans to allow customers to donate $5 toward additional rides for veterans on Veterans Day, through the company’s apps.

The most recent estimates put the number of homeless veterans in America at just under 50,000 people. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that more than two-thirds of those veterans live without access to reliable transportation, limiting their ability to gain and hold jobs.

More information on the free rides will be available on the Department of Labor website, and on the Uber and Lyft websites.

Job fairs for service members, vets being held nationwide this fall

The full list online- Check it out here!

We thought we would highlight a few local to the DMV:

Baltimore

Quantico, Va.

Fredericksburg, Va.

  • JobZone Job Fair, 3-7 p.m. Dec. 3, Fredericksburg Expo Center and Conference Center, jobzoneonline.com

Springfield, Va.

McLean, Va.

Vienna, Va.

Lexington Park, Md.

  • JobZone Job Fair, 3-7 p.m. Nov. 10, Bay District Volunteer Fire Department social hall, jobzoneonline.com

Linthicum Heights, Md.

Washington, D.C.

Help Support Veterans This Holiday Season

The Frederick, MD Texas Roadhouse will have a Hero Tree set up in our restaurant starting, today, Wednesday, Nov. 4 – Tuesday, Dec. 1. We invite you to give back to our veterans this holiday season by donating a Texas Roadhouse gift card to the Hero Tree. You can purchase a gift card for any amount of your choice.

When you donate $5 or more to our Hero Tree we will give you a free* Appetizer!

All gift cards will be donated to our local VFW group.