This is a guest blog post from MassMobility.
There are many reasons why people aren’t able to drive, including overall health, sight, medication, or a disability.
For people who live in suburban or rural areas in particular, finding transportation can be extremely difficult — public transit isn’t always an option. They often rely on friends and family to provide rides to things like doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping trips, and social activities. However, friends and family have their own responsibilities and may not be able to help as often as they might want to.
That’s where volunteer driver programs come in.
Why Should I Become a Volunteer Driver?
Becoming a volunteer driver is a great way to help out others in your community. There are many volunteer driver programs across Massachusetts that are always looking for helping hands. The commitment is often as much or as little time as you can give, whether that’s one ride every month or multiple rides a week.
Volunteers make a big difference in their passengers’ lives, opening up access to medical care, visiting loved ones, and more. The people who rely on volunteer drivers report that these programs are incredibly meaningful. And it helps build community — as a driver, you have the chance to make friends with your passengers.
Ways to Become a Volunteer Driver
If you are interested in volunteering, there are a number of organizations you can reach out to:
- Contact your local Council on Aging. If they don’t currently operate a volunteer driver program, they may know if a neighboring town does.
- Reach out to your regional elder care agency. These organizations are regional sources of information for aging issues. Sometimes they host their own volunteer driver programs, or they’ll know which towns in your area need volunteers.
- Find other local volunteer driver programs in Massachusetts from a list compiled by MassMobility, a joint initiative of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
- Volunteer for the statewide Road to Recovery program, hosted by the American Cancer Society. This program helps cancer patients get to and from treatment appointments when they have no other way to get there.
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