SHARE A FARE INC

Omaha, NE   |  http://www.shareafare.org/

Mission

Share A Fare provides transportation for the blind and visually impaired citizens in the Greater Omaha area by promoting a cab subsidy program through fund raising to enhance independent travel and effective participation in society.

Ruling year info

2004

Office Manager

Jim Jirak

Main address

Po Box 6253

Omaha, NE 68106 USA

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EIN

71-0957506

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2016, transportation became a great challenge as many bus services were eliminated across the city of Omaha. Further changes occurred in April 2017, as services were remapped, and MOBY Services limited, leaving many blind and visually impaired residents cut-off from bus service. Such changes interrupt and affect the orientation and mobility skills of the blind and visually impaired. In an effort to be responsive to the needs of Share A Fare participants, we added City Taxi, Inc. to the option of Happy Cab coupon books to assist the Blind and Visually Impaired in their search for affordable transportation options.
As we carefully analyze the changes in our current participant needs, we are planning for an increased demand for cab use, particularly in the winter season. For our supply to meet participant demand, we will utilize grant funding to purchase additional cab coupon books for our participants.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Share A Fare Cab Subsidy

The Share A Fare program allows blind and visually impaired residents to purchase cab coupon books on a monthly basis at a fifty percent discount. In recent years, each participant has been able to purchase up to $75.00 of cab coupons a month. Our goal is to secure the financial resources necessary to ensure Share A Fare is a viable transportation alternative for its participants.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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Number of participants engaged in programs

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Related Program

Share A Fare Cab Subsidy

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Cab Subsidy Project is built around these goals:
1)Expand Share A Fare to provide more low-cost options for transportation to our program participants.
We have added City Taxi, Inc. to the option of Happy Cab coupons to extend the service area of transportation to our participants.
2) Increase supply of cab coupon books to coordinate with demand of current participants.
We are motivated to grow our availability of cab coupon books through direct assistance fundraising. Funds raised are used for cab coupon purchases, which directly benefit our participant supply. Through increased supply, we can better serve our 412 participants, offering each participant 1 to 2 additional coupon books in winter months.
3)Increase funding for the ability to increase our number of program participants.
Share A Fare has hired a grant writer to assist in expansion of our program funding. With additional funds, we will have the ability to reach additional blind and visually impaired residents of the greater Omaha metro.

Share A Fare's Cab Subsidy Program is ongoing. Participants first apply for access to the program, requiring blind and visually impaired individuals to submit a certification from their doctor, nurse, optometrist, or rehabilitation counselor verifying low vision or legal blindness to meet the set standard.

Once approved, participants may purchase up to 3 coupon books in a calendar month. All orders received by the 20th of each month, are processed by the 25th of that month, through the mail.
Cab coupons can also be purchased at one of two monthly meetings of community partners: Omaha Association of the Blind and Omaha Council of the Blind.

Share A Fare purchases the cab coupon books in bulk, as funds are available, from Happy Cab and City Taxi.
We continue to market our program, targeting teachers who serve visually impaired children/teens, eye doctors, low vision providers, eye physicians, state agencies and senior citizen resources. Public Service Announcements have been developed. We continue to dedicate ourselves to making the program more visible. With grants received we have updated our website, and brochures, as well as developed a Facebook page.

We have been successful with the cab coupon program. We have grown the program from inception. With much of the city not having access to public transportation we have completed a pilot program expand our services to include UBER and Lyft. We have also allowed participants the option to purchase at least one additional book of cab coupons during winter months and with additional funding will allow for additional books and/or promo codes to be purchased.

With much of the city not being serviced by public transportation we have successfully completed a pilot program to examine the need to expand the program to include Uber and Lyft. We have the capacity to and plan to implement this in 2018. This will increase the number of participants and make it even more affordable option.

We already have participants using the cab coupons successfully. But additional funding will allow participants to purchase additional books/promo codes.

Financials

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Operations

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SHARE A FARE INC

Board of directors
as of 11/20/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jim Jirak


Board co-chair

Rachel Carver

Glendora Weilland

Kristal Platt

Nancy Flearl

Dick Weston

Rich Kuper

Rachel Carver

Jim Jirak

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes