( ENSPIRE Community ) Chance The Rapper Partners Up With Lyft to Provide Funding for Chicago Public Schools
ENSPIRE Contributor: Carlos Luciano
Chance The Rapper, born Chancelor Bennett received the BET Humanitarian award this past June for his continuous efforts to improve and empower communities in the city of Chicago. For instance, Bennett started a twitter campaign to stop gun violence for 42 hours using the hashtag #May23, he’s also partnered with Detroit based nonprofit The Empowerment Plan to provide over 1,000 coats for Chicago homeless. That’s just a small glimpse at what Chance has been up to in the pursuit of uplifting his hometown. The rapper met with state governor Bruce Rauner in order to exchange ideas on school funding. After which, Chance donated $1 million dollars which gained attention for this problem Chicago public schools are facing.
In order to further pursue his goals, Chance the Rapper teamed with ride-sharing service Lyft to support underfunded Chicago public schools. As of Oct. 10, Chicago Lyft can opt into rounding up their fare to the nearest dollar to benefit the New Chance Arts & Literature fund, which provides art enrichment for Chicago public schools (CPS). Riders can do this by simply selecting the Lyft’s roundup & Donate option in their settings, and choosing “CPS The New Chance Fund.”
Back in September, the artist announced that his organization SocialWorks had raised $2 million for 20 Chicago public schools. Alongside being a charity in support of CPS, SocialWorks brings focuses on positive events around Chicago and brings them to attention. “Every contribution … brings this city and this nation closer to providing a well-rounded quality education for each and every child,” Chance said at his SocialWorks summit in August. “Funding quality education for public [school] students is the most important investment a community can make.” Chance’s partnership with Lyft is sure to encourage others to do more for Chicago’s youth.