Ride United offers free rides to work and school
A United Way program is helping put people on the path to better lives, whether that is free trips to the doctor or to school.
In WAAY 31’s Connecting North Alabama, we spoke with two men, with two completely different backgrounds and personal stories, but they share one thing in common; they both have Ride United and said it changed their lives for the better.
“Without Ride United, I couldn’t go to my doctor’s appointments, I couldn’t get my insulin, and I couldn’t continue treatment because I couldn’t make my appointments for my la mental health, nothing could be done without Ride United, ”said Jake McKinney.
McKinney came to Alabama in the winter of 2021 with nothing but a suitcase. He heard about Ride United while looking for a cab to his vaccination appointment.
Ride United is a free transportation service to get people to work, as well as to school and doctor’s appointments. They believe that anyone who wants to work or go to school should be able to do so.
“It’s the fact that I couldn’t go there, I had no transportation and it’s like the way they came in and immediately helped,” said Joseph Galloway.
Thanks to Ride United, Galloway can now attend Calhoun Community College and then begin his job search.
“It’s so exciting,” Galloway smiles. “It gives me the opportunity, you know, not only to find a job and help me get into it, but it helps me realize my long term dream of having a car and saving for it, while I have work and get a nice apartment in Huntsville. “
Ride United said the free transportation allows them to give a helping hand to those in need, instead of just a donation.
Ride United is in its second year of offering free rides to Huntsville residents so they can get to and from work. They have given around 3,000 rides to people in need so far this year.
To apply for the Ride United program, click here.