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My Mental Health Drive Across 65 Lyft Cities for Charity

My Mental Health Drive Across 65 Lyft Cities for Charity

[Update – Now that the road trip is done, check out my actual route, trip logs and time lapse videos in this summary post!]

I have been thinking for the last year on how to give back to charity by leveraging this website’s readership and through Lyft. There have been many various charities that have partnered with Lyft or have leveraged Lyft’s community outreach. I was particularly inspired by Lyfting America (Jane LeBoeuf) and how she drove across the country twice in promotion of Lyft. I plan on doing something similar, but on a larger scale.

My plan is to drive through all Lyft cities in the lower 48 states and give at least one Lyft in each city. The only cities I cannot perform a Lyft in is in NY where I would need TLC plates. I also forgot that Lyft also operates in Hawaii, and it would be a tough journey to be able to drive on Lyft in Hawaii with my own car.

I chose to support mental health organizations because my wife sees so many mental health patients as a primary care physician at her hospital day in and day out and she sees the impact it has on their families and the community. However, there is less funding that go towards these issues every year. This issue has been made worst by the government funneling more money into prisons and out of mental health hospitals.

Here are some details about the charity drive:

How Can You Help?

I have set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise additional money for charity. It will be running for the next few months. Below is the link to the campaign:

GoFundMe Rideshare Dashboard Mental Health Drive

Even a dollar will go a long way so give what you can and it will be deeply appreciated!

You can also help by emailing ridesharedashboard at gmail.com with travel advice, what to see in each of the below cities and your best food recommendations. I have travelled extensively abroad, but I will be visiting many of these states for the first time.

Route Details

I will be starting the drive next week. My plan is to drive to Burlington to start my trip Tuesday night. I am also arranging my move from Boston to Seattle this weekend so timing may change.

The route length is 12000 miles, so it will take me hopefully 20 days (600 miles a day with stops in various cities).

Here is a map of the trip. Luckily, I found a website called My Route Online that helped me optimize my route.

Here is the list of cities I will be visiting in order:

1Boston, MA, USA
2Barnstable, MA, USA
3Providence, RI, USA
4Hoboken, NJ, USA
5Philadelphia, PA, USA
6Baltimore, MD, USA
7Washington, DC, USA
8Virginia Beach, VA, USA
9Durham, NC, USA
10Charlotte, NC, USA
11Savannah, GA, USA
12Jacksonville, FL, USA
13Orlando, FL, USA
14Miami, FL, USA
15Tampa, FL, USA
16Atlanta, GA, USA
17Lexington, KY, USA
18Cincinnati, OH, USA
19Columbus, OH, USA
20Pittsburgh, PA, USA
21Cleveland, OH, USA
22Toledo, OH, USA
23Detroit, MI, USA
24Ann Arbor, MI, USA
25Lafayette, IN, USA
26Indianapolis, IN, USA
27Louisville, KY, USA
28Nashville, TN, USA
29Memphis, TN, USA
30New Orleans, LA, USA
31San Antonio, TX, USA
32Dallas, TX, USA
33Oklahoma City, OK, USA
34Tulsa, OK, USA
35Chicago, IL, USA
36Milwaukee, WI, USA
37Madison, WI, USA
38Minneapolis, MN, USA
39Omaha, NE, USA
40Lincoln, NE, USA
41Denver, CO, USA
42Colorado Springs, CO, USA
43Salt Lake City, UT, USA
44Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
45Phoenix, AZ, USA
46Tucson, AZ, USA
47San Diego, CA, USA
48Corona, CA, USA
49Orange County, CA, USA
50Los Angeles, CA, USA
51Santa Barbara, CA, USA
52Bakersfield, CA, USA
53Fresno, CA, USA
54Modesto, CA, USA
55Stockton, CA, USA
56San Jose, CA, USA
57Cupertino, CA, USA
58San Francisco, CA, USA
59Napa Valley, CA, USA
60Sacramento, CA, USA
61Lake Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
62Reno, NV, USA
63Portland, OR, USA
64Seattle, WA, USA
65Spokane, WA, USA
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