Lyft has partnered with Back on My Feet, an organization that combats homelessness through the power of running, to provide staff members with ride credits so they can get to their morning runs with their members.
Their teams have resumed in-person runs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at 5:45 a.m. (they meet at Thomas Jefferson Park or Riverside Drive at 140th Street in Harlem, NY) and staff members were finding it challenging and expensive to get there at such an early hour because the subway is still shut down overnight.
They didn’t want to change the times because they’ve found early morning runs support members in building positive community, self-confidence, accountability, and essential soft skills which are key for their progress on the road to long-term employment and independence.
Back on My Feet knows the difficulties its communities have faced and wanted to make sure it could support its members and alumni when they need it the most. The fact is the continued shutdown of the subway overnight is hurting groups like these and Lyft thought it was important to step in.
Photo credit: Run the River in Harlem, NY.