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Free Rides to Your Dose of Hope

Monday, March 29, 2021

Categories: Blog, Community

As Michigan and the nation work to safely distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Michigan’s public transit systems have the infrastructure to support the equitable distribution of vaccines to people across the state who face transportation and access challenges in rural and urban areas and communities.

We at CATA are working with the state, local health departments and regional transportation partners to give you, our loyal riders, a ride to your dose of hope. We are supporting the state’s Spread Hope, Not COVID public education campaign to help inform and educate our community on the three safe and effective vaccines.

"If there is ever a time that we should come together as a community and serve those with the greatest need, it is now," said CATA CEO Bradley T. Funkhouser, "And CATA is poised to help."

CATA understands the obstacles that marginalized populations face when it comes to transportation. We would like to step in and solve that obstacle by giving free rides to scheduled COVID-19 appointments.

"We partnered with other state agencies and transit leaders, including Clinton Transit and Eatran, resulting in unparalleled coordination of transit in our region," Funkhouser said. "Together, we are helping to educate underserved populations about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, and to provide safe transportation to and from vaccination sites on behalf of those who still have too little."

All individuals with proof of a COVID-19 vaccination appointment are eligible for free transportation service. CATA rides are available seven days a week to vaccination sites. Clinton Transit and Eatran trips are also offering free trips. To schedule your ride to hope, visit cata.org/RideToHope or click the image below.

Ride to Your Dose of Hope Web Button

CATA is here to help you! That is why we have taken on this task to keep our community safe by helping to inform and transport residents to their dose of hope.

For more information about how to schedule your vaccine appointment, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine. Residents who don't have access to the internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The Nationwide #SoundTheHorn Campaign

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Categories: Blog, Community, Employees

Traffic lights and cars on Michigan Ave

On the road, horn honks are typically used to alert other drivers or pedestrians. Today, they will be used to say two words: thank you.

At 3 p.m., our operators will honk their horns twice in solidarity with transportation workers nationwide as part of the #SoundTheHorn campaign.

“We proudly sound our horn today in honor of transit workers the world over who are doing their part to contain this tragic pandemic,” said CATA CEO Bradley T. Funkhouser. CATA participated in the original campaign on April 16 and again on May 21.

Operators will sound the horn once to thank healthcare professionals, grocery store clerks, first responders, gas station employees, and other heroes who are performing critically essential work during COVID-19. They will sound the horn a second time to thank transportation workers nationwide for getting these essential workers where they need to go.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the dedication and commitment of our own essential workforce has been nothing short of heroic,” Funkhouser said. “Our call takers have fielded tens of thousands of calls. Our operators, mechanics, utilities and facilities personnel are working together to fulfill life-sustaining and medically necessary trips, as well as trips to get critical-infrastructure employees to work, often at great personal risk.”

Searching for your own ways to thank essential workers and spread positivity during COVID-19? Check out a few ideas here.

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Spreading Positivity Amidst COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Categories: Blog, Community

In this time of uncertainty, it's more important than ever to show kindness to those around us. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are so many opportunities to show appreciation to others, even if we're bound to the confines of our own homes.

Here are some fun ways to keep yourself busy while giving back to the community.

1. Make handmade masks

Are you crafty or know how to sew? The City of Lansing has opened up donation sites where people are able to drop off handmade masks. Click here to learn more.

To learn how to make your own masks, click here.

 

 

Coloring image of Jali and Doppsee

 

2. Support local artists

Local artists are joining the movement to help make at-home quarantine a little more bearable. One artist released free Lansing-themed coloring pages you can print and colored, with new pages released daily! Once you’ve colored these pages in, be sure to share them with #coloryourlansing.

Check out all of her coloring pages here.

 

Photo of many thank you cards to bus drivers

 

3. Thank people on the front line

Make cards to deliver to cashiers on your trip to the grocery store, or post a shout out to bus drivers and health care workers online. Do you have a neighbor working in one of these essential industries? Drop off goodies, letters or cheer them on to let them know you appreciate their work. 

 

4. Send letters to local nursing homes

People across the world are writing letters and creating drawings to send to people in assisted living and nursing homes. This is a scary time for many of them, and a letter of love or appreciation can mean so much. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Buy Nearby (@mibuynearby) on

 

5. Shop local

Support your local businesses by ordering takeout, purchasing gift cards or leaving them positive reviews online! Places like Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, Blue Owl Coffe, and AnQi Sushi are still open for deliveries and/or curbside pickup. Other businesses like Nuthouse Sports Grill are taking a temporary hiatus, while offering gift cards in the meantime.

Lansing Brewing Company has even been hosting cocktail classes and deals on their social media! Check them out here.

 

 

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