Ride-sharing company Lyft and No One Left Behind, a nonprofit organization that helps Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters, announced they will partner to help those wartime allies with income as they resettle in the U.S.
Piloting in D.C., the program will provide those with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) with the opportunity to earn income through driving for Lyft.
The U.S. State Department estimates over 9,000 immigrants with SIVs have resettled in D.C. since 2008.
“Lyft’s partnership is integral to our mission to support these heroes and their families as they get resettled with transportation and a source of income,” said Matt Zeller, co-founder and CEO of No One Left Behind. “We want them to successfully transition into their new lives and receive their due for the service they provided to our troops. Earning a living is a big part of the puzzle, and we are thrilled to work with Lyft to help.”
To date, No One Left Behind estimates that they have helped over 5,000 of the approximately 50,000 immigrants with SIVs that have resettled in the U.S., working to ensure that those who have served alongside U.S. troops as combat interpreters in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are able to find new lives in America.
Lyft’s Express Drive program aims to give those immigrants the chance to easily and affordably get on the road and begin earning, even if they don’t have a car.
Lyft will also providing No One Left Behind with ride credits to enable SIVs and their families to take Lyft rides to essential appointments with doctors, registration offices, government agencies and more.
The company said that while the partnership will pilot in D.C., there is potential for it to extend to additional cities in the future.
“Lyft is proud to support this community of Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters and veterans as they transition to a new life in the United States,” said Stephen Taylor, Lyft’s Mid-Atlantic general manager. “With 10 percent of Lyft drivers being veterans and being a veteran myself, our partnership with No One Left Behind is one that we’re especially proud of.
“Lyft is honored to assist these veterans with flexible opportunities to earn a living as they plant new roots in this country,” he said.