Pilot program launches in Washington, DC, for Afghan and Iraqi wartime allies with Special Immigrant Visas
Lyft, the fastest-growing on-demand transportation service in the US, and No One Left Behind, a non-profit organization that helps Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States, today announced a partnership that will enable these wartime allies to earn valuable income through driving with Lyft as they resettle into new lives in the United States. The partnership is piloting in Washington, DC., where the US State Department estimates over 9,000 SIVs have resettled since 2008.
To date, No One Left Behind has helped over 5,000 of the more than 50,000 SIVs that have resettled in the US, working diligently to ensure that those who have served side-by-side with US troops as combat interpreters in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are able to find new lives in the United States. The partnership will provide these wartime allies with the opportunity to drive with Lyft through Lyft’s Express Drive program, allowing these heroes to easily and affordably get on the road and begin earning, even if they don’t have a car.
Lyft is 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. While this partnership will pilot in DC, there is potential for it to be extended to additional Lyft cities in the future.
“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.”
“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 Steve Taylor, General Manager, Lyft, Washington D.C. “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.”