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Become a Rides for Health volunteer in September!

April 2016 AVS R4H Marvin photoRides for Health volunteer drivers help elders in the Home Care Program at LifePath retain their independence. Once Terry Day (left) has scheduled a medical appointment, she will call Marvin Kelley (right), Rides for Health volunteer, to arrange transportation in advance. Marvin is ready to escort Terry from her door, to his car, and into the medical building and will also bring her back home.Healthcare transportation is a critical need for elders living in our community. In a few hours a month, you could help as a Rides for Health volunteer!

Volunteer Rides for Health drivers are critical to the health of elders who are home care clients of LifePath in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. In providing an elder with a ride to a medical appointment or the pharmacy, volunteers make a difference in the lives of the elders with whom they’re matched.

You can give the gift of independence to someone like Terry Day, who says of her volunteer, Marvin Kelley, "He is right there beside me. Rides for Health gets me where I need to go, when I need to go."

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

How to become a Rides for Health volunteer

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 Monday, September 25, 2017, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Greenfield Community College’s downtown location. Light refreshments will be served.

For Rides for Health volunteer application materials and more information, click here.

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 eliminate our waiting list and serve more elders.”