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On the road to make a difference

Become a Rides for Health volunteer in June!

May 2016 R4H training photoRides for Health volunteers like Marvin Kelley (right) are making a difference to people like Terry Day (left), and so can you!“I’m retired… loving it,” Rides for Health volunteer Marvin Kelley laughs. “I love to drive, I like to meet new people, I’ve always enjoyed people of my age or older. Helping has been kind of a theme in my career and my life, and now I’m involved here with Rides for Health.”

Rides for Health, a program of LifePath (formerly Franklin County Home Care) matches volunteer drivers with home care clients in need of a ride to places like their doctor’s office or pharmacy.

“We hear over and over again that transportation is really a critical unmet need for the area,” says Rides for Health Program Director Trevor Boeding. “This program was developed to respond to that need.”

Marvin appreciated the training he received with the other volunteers. “I expected to be trained and screened. That adds an element to my confidence in being able to provide this kind of service.”

“Our hope for the Rides for Health program,” says Trevor, “is to expand the number of volunteers that we’re able to provide and thereby be able to serve more elders.”

Marvin encourages you to become a volunteer. “Give it a try,” he says.

Becoming a volunteer is simple. After completing the application process, you will attend a half-day of training. The next free training takes place on Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 1 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

For application materials and more information, go online to LifePathMA.org/RidesforHealth to download the forms or contact Trevor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 413-773-5555 x2241, or 978-544-2259 x2241.