A Senior Citizen in Your Neighborhood Needs a Ride — And You Can Help
A senior in your neighborhood needs a lift. And you have a chance to help.
Ironically, older folks often relinquish their driver’s licenses at a time in life when they begin to need it most, according to Barb Nadeau of Senior Services Associates Inc., a non-profit agency dedicated to sustaining and improving the quality of life for mature adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers in Kane, Kendall, and McHenry counties.
Nadeau says seniors are desperate for rides to the doctor, or for necessary medical treatments. Senior Services Associates’ mission is to keep older adults safe and healthy in their own homes, and the organization has found that transportation to doctor appointments, banks or groceries is one of the biggest concerns for seniors.
Volunteer drivers are being sought to help out in driving their peers in their own cars to necessary appointments. Volunteers with valid driver’s licenses, their own vehicles, and automobile insurance can apply to become volunteer drivers through Senior Services, and request reimbursement for their mileage, too.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP, sponsored by Senior Services, offers excess liability insurance and mileage reimbursement for their volunteer drivers. Volunteers also benefit from becoming associated with RSVP, one of the premier volunteer organizations for older adults in the Unites States.
“Participation with RSVP offers mileage reimbursement, association with new friends who share your ideals, and a sense of pride in making a difference in our neighborhoods and our world,” Nadeau said in a news release.
For more information about becoming a volunteer driver with RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, of Senior Services Associates, Inc., contact Nadeau at 630-553-5777. You can learn more about senior issues and assistance at www.seniorservicesassoc.org.
SOURCE: Senior Services Associates news release