Lyft Awards Community Grant to Day Eight

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2018) – Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., today announced the April winner of its monthly Community Grant Program, Day Eight, a non-profit which empowers its participants through arts performances, classes, workshops, and publications. The grant will be used to provide transportation to seniors to and from poetry events.

“Transportation is often a significant barrier to participation, and with this award we can help residents of senior village communities travel safely to and from these poetry events,” said Robert Bettmann, project director for Day Eight. “Lyft’s support helps bring seniors together.”

Lyft has worked to reduce the transportation limitations which affect the ability of older adults to operate independently. It recently partnered with Erickson Living to expand transportation access to thousands of active senior residents, offering them an on-demand mobility option to go to destinations of their choice.

“Inclusion is core to Lyft’s values, and we continue to be committed to safe and reliable transportation for everyone in the community, including our seniors,” said Steve Taylor, General Manager for Lyft Mid-Atlantic. “Art should be accessible to everyone, so we’re proud to award Day Eight our Community Grant to support connecting seniors to life-enriching activities.”

Launched in January 2018, Lyft’s Community Grant Program supports the incredible work of DC area non-profit organizations focused on building stronger, healthier, more equitable communities. Any 501(c)3 organization that operates in the DC metro area is eligible to apply. Interested applicants can learn more about the opportunity and apply by visiting Lyft’s DC Community Grants website here.


About Lyft:

Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available to 94 percent of the US population. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities.

About Day Eight:

Day Eight was founded in 2005 to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects. Recent programming includes an open-to-all poetry competition (“the DC Poet Project”), an Arts Writing Fellowship, and the Jefferson Place Gallery Archive —, and funders have included the DC Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information visit