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Uber donates 10,000 free rides to health care workers

Who says there's no such thing as a free ride?

Ride-hailing app company Uber is partnering with four local hospital systems in Western New York to provide 10,000 free rides for their health care workers and first responders.

The company will allocate 2,500 free rides each to Kaleida Health, Catholic Health, Erie County Medical Center and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to distribute among their nurses, doctors and other staff.

"Transportation can be challenging during the pandemic and we know this gracious donation will be very helpful to our ECMC family," said Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., ECMC's president and CEO.

The donation – obtained with help from state Sen. Timothy Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, D-Buffalo – is part of Uber's larger commitment to provide 10 million rides and food deliveries to health care workers, seniors and others in need nationwide. The goal is to ensure the workers can get around safely and easily, without extra financial burden.

“This will be a tremendous help to our associates who rely on public transportation to get to and from work,” said Catholic Health Chief Administrative Officer William Pryor.

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