Zipcar, the world's leading car-sharing network, the launch of its "Drive to Donate" program in support of Southside Blooms.
A Chicago-based organization that strives to uplift Chicago's South Side by using sustainable urban farms and employing youth from underserved neighborhoods.
From now until September 30, 2022, Zipcar members can book designated vehicles in the Chicago area creatively wrapped with sketched flowers in honor of Southside Blooms' mission.
For every hour a "Drive to Donate" vehicle is reserved by a member, Zipcar will donate $1.00 to Southside Blooms, with a goal of raising up to $20,000. Urbanites can also learn more about how to support the program by scanning a vehicle's QR code.
Two Chicago Organizations Driving Urban Sustainability to Support the Community
As a mission-driven organization, Zipcar aims to positively impact the communities it operates in by eliminating the need for personally owned cars (which sit parked about 95% of the time) and to enable simple and responsible urban living.
People who do not own a car drive less and embrace more sustainable forms of transportation, which means fewer vehicles on the road, less carbon emissions and a more sustainable environment, creating more space for people and the things they love, like green space for growing flowers.
Zipcar has partnered with Southside Blooms to support the organization's efforts in creating jobs for at-risk youth, converting vacant lots into safe and productive community assets, and actively contributing to the health and resilience of the environment through regenerative farming practices.
"Since 2006, we've been working with the Chicago community to provide equitable and sustainable transportation through our car-sharing network.
Now, we are excited to partner with Southside Blooms to positively impact the community and support its mission to alleviate poverty in underserved neighborhoods of Chicago" said Justin Holmes, Vice President of Marketing and Public Policy at Zipcar.
"It's a privilege to help spread awareness of this impactful organization and to continue to drive forward a more sustainable and equitable future for Chicago."
"Southside Blooms is so important to our community and the youth that we support. Every ride a Zipcar member takes in a wrapped car will provide more opportunities for us to continue our work, and directly impact the lives of Chicago's youth," said Quilen Blackwell, President and Founder of Southside Blooms.
About Southside Blooms:
Southside Blooms is a nonprofit farm-to-vase florist on the Southside of Chicago, providing unique and fashion-forward arrangements, while maintaining an uncompromising dedication to both the environment and its surrounding communities.
For more information, please visit https://www.southsideblooms.com/