Driving for Liberty certainly has its perks. For starters, you get paid to help your community, work as much or as little as you’d like, and you get the chance to meet new people. Sometimes, there’s even more – just ask Mason Schramm. Mason had the honor of driving the first-ever Liberty trip in Yankton on June 30th. As if kicking off the first ride-sharing operation in South Dakota wasn’t special enough, his passenger just happened to be the city’s mayor, Jake Hoffner.
Mason’s love and devotion for his family and community made driving for Liberty an easy decision. It also didn’t hurt that his wife, Kate, is the Liberty Area Manager for Yankton. Kate’s leadership, the support of city officials, and the community’s embrace of the new-ride sharing service enabled Liberty to go from launch to first ride in under a month. That first ride is one that neither Kate nor Mason will forget.
The inaugural ride idea started with Nathan Johnson, a Yankton city commissioner and Yankton Area Progressive Growth member that was originally involved in bringing Liberty to Yankton. Kate, Yankton’s Area Manger then invited Mayor Hoffner to ride with Liberty during one of his famous Facebook Live videos. “Mayor Hoffner is proud of this town and likes to showcase some of the happenings through his Facebook page,” Mason said. “Kate and I thought it would be fun to have the Mayor ride along with Nathan and broadcast the first Liberty trip on Facebook. They ended up switching to filming the trip on a phone and posting it after the fact!”
“Giving the first Liberty ride in Yankton was a lot of fun,” Schramm said. “Mayor Hoffner is a really fun person to be around and he was a fantastic first passenger!”
Along with giving the inaugural ride in Yankton, Mason knows what it means to support those in need in his region. When he isn’t selling real estate, you can find him volunteering with multiple organizations such as the LINC committee, Pathways Shelter for the Homeless, the Optimist Club, and the Boys and Girls Club. “I’m always looking for places to plug in and help out,” Mason said.
In his spare time, when he isn’t volunteering or helping his community by being a Liberty driver, you can find him golfing, fishing, playing basketball, or disc golfing. “I am an avid sports fan and will gladly talk about practically any sport,” Schramm said.
What drove Mason and Kate to Liberty’s mission?
“It was hearing Valerie talk about it at 1 Million Cups in Yankton that got Kate interested. She saw the love and drive that Valerie had for helping people and identified with that on a personal level. We moved back to Yankton after almost 6 years in West Virginia because we wanted to be a part of making a positive impact on our hometown.”
With limited transportation in rural communities, millions of seniors, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and young families lack necessities like health care, groceries, and employment because they cannot drive or afford a vehicle. With this in mind, Mason strives to help provide transportation services for those in his community. Meeting new people in and around Yankton is an added bonus.
“We’re strong believers in the idea that neighbors should help neighbors,” Schramm said. Liberty is one way we can live out that vision.”
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