United Way

Ride United Transportation Access (RUTA)

Get a discounted Lyft Ride of up to $25 round-trip (one-time use). The Ride United program seeks to reduce transportation barriers that prevent individuals from accessing healthcare, getting quality jobs, completing education programs, and more. Transportation have proven to be a key issue for many individuals seeking services to support pandemic recovery.

See if you qualify

  • Must have valid use for the service (see valid uses below)
  • Must live in an area with adequate Lyft driver supply.
  • Must comply with Lyft's Health Safety Requirements, which include wearing a face covering and this may change.
  • Must be 18+ years old or will be accompanied by someone who is 18+ years.
  • Must have a smartphone (to create/use a personal Lyft account via app).

Note: There is no proof of income required for this program, but the Client needs a payment method on file in their Lyft account in the case that the round trip ride exceeds the $25 credit


You must download and install the Lyft app before you get your discounted ride.
If you do not have the Lyft app you can sign-up here: Kern County - Lyft


Call us during business hours, at 661-834-1820 to request a ride or fill out the form below to receive a call from a staff member.


Medical Trips*

  • COVID-19 vaccine appointments
  • Flu vaccine appointments
  • Non-emergency medical appointments
  • Pharmacy/prescription pick up
  • Non-emergency hospital visit

Employment Trips

  • Job interviews, job training, and job fairs
  • Pre-job requirements (drug test, finger printing, other required documentation)
  • Work
Public Benefits Trips
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Social Security Administration
  • Rental assistance appointment
  • Utility assistance appointment
  • WIC appointment
  • Tax preparation services
  • Financial coaching
  • Medicaid/CHIP benefits access
  • Housing benefits access
School Success and Readiness Trips
  • School physicals
  • Required school vaccination appointments
  • Kindergarten registration
  • Classroom meetings with teachers


Legal Trips
  • Eviction Court
  • Court Ordered Community Service
  • Probation / Parole Check-in
  • Court Ordered Education
  • Commute to/from Court Proceedings and/or Counsel


Our Focus

Early Childhood Literacy

Financial Stability


We are all part of this community and together we can make it succeed. At United Way of Kern County we believe that UNITED we can make change happen... one day at a time.