Union Cab’s “Democracy in Motion” Still Rolling Strong
Madison, WI: In anticipation of what is sure to be a significant midterm election on November 6, 2018, Union Cab of Madison Cooperative
is gearing up for their seventh year of providing free rides to and from the polls for Madison area voters.
While Union Cab members often volunteered to drive voters to the polls in prior years (since the late 90s), Democracy in Motion was
officially formalized in 2011 in the wake of Act 10. The Budget Repair Bill and subsequent protests got many more people in the
community involved in local politics and renewed an interest in participating in the Democratic process. In response, and wanting to take
some kind of positive action, Union Cab expanded their non-partisan effort to help get out the vote.
Not everyone has access to a polling place without transportation and not everyone can afford a ride there. Being a worker cooperative
with one worker/one vote, making sure everyone has access to voting is especially important to Union Cab. The second Cooperative
Principle of democratic member control speaks to the belief that everyone's voice should be heard. Removing the barrier of lack of
transportation speaks to the company’s Vision Statement of “serving our community in such a way that Union Cab is recognized as a
sustainable asset and valuable resource by all.”
In the 2016 general election Union Cab gave a total of 535 free rides through the program. They have provided 230 rides so far in 2018 for
three elections. Riders can take the free ride from their home to their polling place and back. If getting home first isn’t a viable option, they
can ride from their workplace. Poll workers are eligible for rides to and from anywhere. Reserving ahead of time is encouraged!
Rides are offered to voters in Madison and the following connecting municipalities: Sun Prairie, Middleton, Monona, Shorewood, Town of
Madison, Town of Blooming Grove (segments within Madison), Town of Burke (segments within Madison), Maple Bluff, and Fitchburg.
In addition, Union Cab will be partnering again with The League Of Women Voters of Dane County and the Dane County Voter ID
Coalition to give rides before the election to the DMV to acquire a Voter ID. To set up those rides, voters should contact the Dane County
Voter ID Coalition.
2018 Holiday Wish List Now Available!
Madison, WI (October 22, 2018) – Spread the holiday cheer by giving back. 2018 has been an especially challenging year for thousands
of families across Dane County. Our neighbors in Sun Prairie were rocked by a devastating explosion in July, and in August much of
southern Wisconsin was devastated by historic flooding. These events can cause a huge financial and emotional strain on families, and
we keep them in our hearts and minds as we head into the holiday season.
In response to this overwhelming need in our community, United Way of Dane County is releasing its annual Holiday Wish List. The
Holiday Wish List is a compilation of more than 80 local nonprofit agencies offering a wide range of holiday volunteer and donation
opportunities to help local families in Dane County.
Examples of volunteer opportunities include wrapping gifts for children and families, hosting donation drives, and shoveling snow for
older adults. Additionally, this list is a great resource for those looking to donate items such as food, clothing, toys and decorations during
the holiday season.
This year, more than 25 Dane County libraries will have printed
copies of the Holiday Wish List thanks to Isthmus. The list is also
available at a variety of local businesses, at United Way of Dane
County’s office at 2059 Atwood Ave, and at www.
unitedwaydanecounty.org. You may also contact United Way at (608)
246-4380 to obtain a paper copy. There is no charge for the
The Holiday Wish List is compiled by United Way of Dane County
and distributed in partnership with Isthmus, United Way’s Business
Volunteer Network (BVN) and BMO Harris Bank.
To register for volunteer projects online, head to volunteeryourtime.
org or by contacting the volunteer manager on the listing. You can
also make a difference in a family’s life by making a financial
investment in United Way supported programs.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and
family, and that giving back will be a part of that experience!