Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Teams Up With Uber, Launching New Pilot Program to Better Serve Boston Youth

Uber will provide subsidized rides to a select number of ‘Bigs’ in
underserved neighborhoods of Boston

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
, one of the nation’s
leading one-to-one mentoring programs, today announced the launch of a
new pilot program in partnership with Uber.
The six month pilot program will enable 50 Big Brothers and Big Sisters
to travel with UberPOOL at no cost on Saturdays and Sundays to meet with
their Little Brothers and Little Sisters in Boston’s underserved
neighborhoods.


With more than 600 youth waiting for a mentor in the City of Boston,
this pilot will directly address the underserved neighborhoods of
Roslindale, Mattapan, Dorchester, Hyde Park and Roxbury. Historically,
these areas have the longest wait due to the limited public
transportation and inaccessibility for many volunteers without a car.
Through the Uber partnership, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts
Bay can provide service to youth in those areas that are hard to reach
by public transit.

“Uber is a rapidly growing company known for its innovation in
transportation, so we are thrilled to partner with them,” said Wendy
Foster, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts
Bay. “We pride ourselves in constantly evaluating how we can better
serve the community, and with many youth waiting to be matched in areas
limited by public transportation, the Uber relationship is powerful.
This pilot program will make it possible for Bigs without a car to get
to the kids and communities who need us the most. This partnership could
really be a game changer.”

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay has been transforming and
inspiring communities for decades and we are excited to work with them
to help open doors and connect mentors to youth in Boston’s underserved
neighborhoods. As a global leader in transportation, this collaboration
represents our important commitment to not only giving back, but
innovating within a community we call home,” said Chris Taylor, Uber
Boston General Manager.

50 Bigs will be selected for the pilot by Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Massachusetts Bay over the 6 month period based on their geography,
access to transportation options and interest in being matched with
youth from the waiting lists in Roslindale, Mattapan, Dorchester, Hyde
Park and Roxbury. Selected Bigs will be able to access a Big Brothers
Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay account on Uber that will enable him or
her to travel to and from their Little Brother or Little Sister’s home,
and with their Little Brother or Little Sister to activities in the
Boston area. The option is available on Saturdays and Sundays between
the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Little Brothers and Little Sisters will
only be allowed to travel via Uber when accompanied by their Bigs. There
will be no cost to the Bigs during these time periods, and UberPOOL
drivers will be fully compensated for the value of each ride.

For more information about the partnership, please visit www.bbbsmb.org.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
 is an innovative,
energetic organization that is making a real difference in the lives of
over 2,100 youth by providing them with an invested, caring adult
mentor. With research and proven outcomes at its core, Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is working to ensure every child has the
support from caring adults that they need for healthy development and
success in life. The organization’s vision is to inspire, engage and
transform communities in Massachusetts Bay by helping youth achieve
their full potential, contributing to healthier families, better
schools, brighter futures and stronger communities. To learn more, visit www.bbbsmb.org.

About Uber
Uber is a technology platform that is evolving
the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers
through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more
possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our
founding in 2009 to our launches in over 400 cities today, Uber’s
rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their
cities closer. Follow us on Twitter: @Uber and
find us on Facebook: Uber.

Contacts

Version 2.0 Communications for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay
Katie
Kennedy, 617-426-2222
kkennedy@v2comms.com
or
Rich
Greif
VP of Marketing and Community Engagement
RGreif@bbbsmb.org