Sponsor a Ride Expands Nationwide; Offers local trips to at-risk Asians

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Rewards sponsors while providing save travel to Asian females, seniors, and disabled

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When people can give and get at the same time, everybody wins!

Due to increases in violent attacks and threats against Asians in recent months, many feel unsafe travelling via public transit or on foot. Sponsor a Ride is a new service, funded entirely by donations and individual and corporate sponsors, which addresses the problem by underwriting Lyft, Uber, and cab trips for Asians who are female, Seniors, or disabled, and in genuine financial need. As of May 20 service is offered nationwide.

According to co-founder Soan Gunawan, "When we heard about the horrific attacks we wanted to help. We figured the most immediately useful thing we can do in the near term is sponsor trips for those who are genuinely fearful of local travel, especially at night. And if we can provide a superior experience for both rider and sponsor, we can maintain the service for as long as the risks continue."

Both those who want a ride and those who wish to sponsor one can do so by visiting sponsoraride.net.

Individuals and businesses who donate at least $40.00 to provide rides for Asians at risk can be mentioned on the website as members of the Circle of Heroes, according to co-founder Anna Chu Lin.

Heroes receive significant benefits including publicity for their OWN Cause, non-profit, school, or enterprise through the group’s social media, which reach 290,000 unique viewers monthly.

Riders get reimbursed by filling out a Google form on the site, and submitting a selfie and a photo of their receipt from Lyft, Uber, or the taxi company (necessary so as to discourage fraud).

"We notice that both sides of the transaction feel rewarded," says Chu Lin. "The traveler has the cost of their safe ride underwritten, and the sponsor gets well-deserved recognition for helping someone at risk get to where they need to go. We are always thinking of new ways to reward both the sponsor and the rider."

When sponsors underwrite more than $100.00 for rides a donation is made in their name to the Scholarship Fund of Asian Women in Business (awib.org).

Sponsor a Ride emphasizes that they only underwrite essential travel, not pleasure trips. For more information go to sponsoraride.net. twitter.com/RideSponsor, Instagram.com/sponsoraride, https://www.facebook.com/Sponsor-A-Ride-108761884716533

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