Hub International Sponsors Two Easy Lift Vehicles

The organization’s Adopt-a-Van program was created to provide much needed revenue to support Easy Lift’s charitable mission while also providing a unique marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

“At HUB, we know it is our responsibility to contribute to our community to help and nurture the ones we work to protect through our insurance products,” said Darren D. Caesar, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer with Hub International. “I am personally happy to see all the good work Easy Lift does for those unable to obtain transportation on their own.”

Santa Barbara’s close-knit community also helped pave the way for the partnership.

“It’s great to reconnect and work with Darren, whom I’ve known since our Goleta Boys Club days,” said Ernesto Paredes, Easy Lift Executive Director.

HUB International is a leading global insurance brokerage that provides a broad array of property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services.

Established over 30 years ago with just one vehicle, Easy Lift has become a vital community presence whose mission is fulfill the community’s need for specialized transportation to allow individuals and organizations access to essential programs and services.

Easy Lift has 25 vehicles in its fleet and is operated by a professional team that keeps up with the expanding needs of elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged passengers. Last year, Easy Lift scheduled over 74,492 Dial-A-Rides for 1,873 passengers.

The Children’s Accessible Transportation (CAT) program, now active for three years, has collaborated with over twenty youth charities and provided over 8,000 rides to less advantaged children of our community. The Greatest Generation Accessible Transportation (GGAT) program, which commenced in March 2011, collaborates with senior-serving agencies beyond their Dial-A-Ride service, and has provided 1,800 rides in just six months.

For more information on the Adopt-a-Van program and other marketing opportunities for your business, please contact Melinda Johansson at or (805) 845-8963.

Pictured from left is Easy Lift’s Executive Director Ernesto Paredes with Hub International’s Darren D. Caesar and Joshua Stichter.


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