Friday afternoons are particularly busy for Kirk Betterkind, who schedules all rides for the YWCA Job Ride program.
The program provides subsidized rides for low-income people to and from work (and to interviews and training) and about 1/4 of them do not get their work schedules for the next week until the Friday before. In all, Betterkind schedules about 2,000 rides a month.
He started at the agency as a part-time driver about 3 1/2 years ago and liked it so much he went full-time and quit his other job. He’s been the scheduler for almost two years.
He calls it a “feel good job.”
“Most riders really appreciate us because they have no other way to get to and from work,” says Betterkind. “It’s a form of social service that benefits people who already have jobs. It’s vital.”
– Judith Davidoff