Everybody Rides Metro


Everybody Rides Metro LogoThe Everybody Rides Metro foundation was created by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board of Trustees and received its 501(c)(3) status in September 2006. The foundation was the first of its kind in the country and has provided more than 2 million bus rides since its creation. 

As part of the Reinventing Metro Plan, SORTA committed $500,000 per year to support low-income riders. Effective January 1, 2021, ERM will distribute these funds by subsidizing 50 percent of the cost for partner social service agencies to provide Metro fare media to individuals in need of medical, social services, or work-related transportation.

Vision

An affordable ride for every community member in Hamilton County

Mission

Removing economic barriers and providing sustainable transportation to low-income riders so they can access employment, maintain well-being, and enjoy a better quality of life

Become An ERM Partner

Metro has one of the lowest bus fares in the country, but when faced with paying for rent, food, medicine and other necessities, some people don’t have any money left in their budgets. In fact, one-fourth of Cincinnati residents live below the poverty level and, for many, Metro is the sole source of transportation. ERM will work with local partner agencies to provide fare assistance to clients so they can get to jobs and job training, healthcare appointments, and other needed services.

If you're interested in becoming a partner, please download the application form below and return to cjones@go-metro.com. If you are an existing partner agency and have questions, please call Caprice Jones: 513-632-9218.


ERM Partners

If you are a rider in need of assistance, please contact any of the partners below.
Bethany House CityLink/Changing Gears Lydia's House
Caracole Inc. Dress for Success Mt. Healthy Alliance
The Caring Place Easterseals New Foundations Transitional Living
Center for Employment Opportunities  Freestore Foodbank Our Daily Bread
Central Clinic Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services Santa Maria Community Services
Children's Home of Cincinnati Health Access Now St. Vincent DePaul
Cincinnati Union Bethel Lighthouse Youth Services Talbert House


Donate

The $500,000 dedicated annual funding provided by Reinventing Metro is a great start, but the need for transportation grows bigger by the day. That’s why ERM is happy to accept your tax-deductible donation. Your gift will help provide rides to jobs, health care and other vital human services for those who need them.

When you give to Everybody Rides Metro, you’re providing more than a bus ride… you’re giving someone a chance for a better life.

Everybody Rides Metro is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. All contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Everybody Rides Metro accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and checks.






Everybody Rides Metro Board 

Aaron Bley - CABVI, ERM Board President

Vice President of Community Relations for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI).

Aaron Bley, Vice President of Community Relations, joined CABVI’s staff in December 2016. Aaron was previously the Senior Corporate Relationship Officer at the American Red Cross, Cincinnati-Dayton Region. He also served as the Regional Director for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and worked in a variety of community affairs positions with Mercy Health Partners. Aaron earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Xavier University and his master’s degree in Communication from the University of Cincinnati. Aaron also hold a Certificate in Corporate Community Relations from Boston University.

Aaron and his wife Donna have been married for 30 years and have two children, Ian (26) and Gage (24).


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Gina Marsh, Chief of Staff, Office of Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus , ERM Board Vice-President

Gina serves as the Executive Director of the Human Services Chamber, an association of over 70 local human services providers. As Executive Director, Gina helps to further the organization’s mission to advocate for public policies that are beneficial to the human services sector and the residents they serve. In this role, she advocates with her colleagues for issues such as expanded affordable housing options, eviction prevention support, and robust public transit.

Prior to her work with the Human Services Chamber, Gina worked for over a decade for the City of Cincinnati, where she served in a variety of roles and learned how to navigate the politics and processes of local government. As an attorney for the City, she worked with Council Members, the Mayor, the City Manager and department heads to craft legislation and rules implementing operational and policy priorities. Gina also formed working relationships with multiple community leaders and organizations in her role leading a council office.

Gina earned her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law prior to moving to the Cincinnati area in 1999. She has been an active community volunteer over the past 15 years, serving as trustee for her community council and on the parent board of two CPS schools. She is passionate about Cincinnati and its people and ensuring that seniors, people with disabilities, children and those who are economically disadvantaged have meaningful opportunities to contribute to the community and live joyfully.


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Katie Frazier, Changing Gears

Katie Frazier is the Program Director at ChangingGears, a Cincinnati nonprofit organization that removes transportation barriers for people who are working their way out of poverty. In her eight years of experience there, she has seen the importance of having access to reliable and affordable transportation options. She is currently completing a degree in organizational leadership from Xavier University. She has also been active in the neighborhood organizations of Westwood, where she resides.




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Kreg Keesee, SORTA Board Chair

Mr. Keesee serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Michelman, Inc., an innovative supplier of sustainable specialty chemicals used in a variety of industrial applications based in Blue Ash. Kessee joined Michelman in 2016 as Chief Supply Chain Officer and assumed his current role in 2019. Prior to this role, he spent 18 years at Sun Chemical where he held leadership positions in the supply chain, information technology and graphic services. He started his career as a commercial lender with Michigan National Bank and spent eight years working in Procter & Gamble’s food and beverage division. He received his degree in economics and later a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Mr. Keesee, his wife, Shannon, and two children live in Hyde Park. He joined the SORTA Board in 2014.


Angela King, The Freestore Foodbank

Dedicated social service provider with 30 years of experience in the non-profit social service profession to include but not limited to the following expertise: proficient leadership and management of a diverse team of direct service providers; knowledgeable and competent in case management & crisis intervention, program development, improvement & management and clinical supervision; excellent collaboration with integrated teams consisting of several service lines as well as multiple community providers; proven and effective strategic leader with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects and organizational tasks with minimal supervision within a complex healthcare and social service organization; proven adept skills in improving staff and program performance to meet and exceed utilization, compliance, best practice and documentation standards. 


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Kathleen Wyenandt, SORTA Board Member

Kathleen Wyenandt is a project manager with Advance Transportation Systems, Inc. (ATS Logistics). Wyenandt previously served as Butler County Democratic Party Central Committee chair and as a member of the Butler County Board of Elections. Wyenandt received her B.A. in political science and psychology from Miami University. She resides in Liberty Township. 






ERM Staff

Donna Adkins, Program Director
Caprice Jones, Program Manager
Shannel Satterfield, Board Liaison

 

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