Uber program supporting local communities in N.Y.

| 07 Aug 2017 | 12:20

    Uber Technologies has launched a community giving program in New York State, where all contributions are directed by drivers who partner with Uber. The program, called Project Jumpstart, donates quarterly and is a way of supporting drivers who partner with Uber while they’re off the road and to empower them to spark change in their communities.
    “Project Jumpstart will support local causes that are most important to drivers who partner with Uber,” said Danielle Filson, Uber spokesperson. “We encourage drivers with a cause they care about to submit nominations for a chance to receive funding for local community initiatives across New York State."
    Every three months, driver-partners in New York State can submit an application for sponsorship of a cause that is important to them — from cleaning up a local park to funding an after-school program — and Uber will award up to $30,000 in funding each business quarter.
    Uber launched Project Jumpstart in New York City last year and recent grants include:
    • Support for FIRST Robotics, which teaches kids robotics and fundamentals of building a business using robotics and funding for a robotics event in Utica;
    • Funds to support a renovation project at the Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey located in Queens;
    • Support for a night school program at the East Side House Settlement in the Bronx where 17-21 year olds can participate in enrichment activities while fulfilling high school curriculum requirements; and
    • Funding to deliver home-cooked meals to the needy on Thanksgiving Day
    There are three categories of initiatives eligible for Uber funding each month:
    • Education and arts
    • Community development
    • Health and public safety
    The number of winners each month may vary based on size and scope of projects submitted. Uber drivers should go to https://www.uber.com/drive/upstate-ny/resources/project-jumpstart to submit an application.