RideConnect of Westchester


Older woman preparing to get in a car

Who is RideConnect?

FSW’s RideConnect program provides opportunities that encourage independence and mobility for those 60+ in Westchester and Southern Putnam counties. Volunteers donate time and use of their cars to provide free rides for seniors to do shopping, medical, social, and other errands.

 

Providing grocery & medical deliveries during COVID

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, our seniors have never felt so scared or isolated. Their outlet to the world was cut off, and so we pivoted to bring the world to them: our volunteers now bring the groceries and necessities they need to them so they may remain safely in their homes until the virus passes.

In this time of crisis, if you need help accessing groceries or medication, let our volunteers shop for you. Call us at 914-242-7433 and we’ll find a volunteer to match you with.

 

grocery volunteerLives changed: Success stories

There’s no end to the stories and testimonials we get from both our seniors and our volunteers on how this program has impacted them. Some of our favorites include:

 

Nourish Our Seniors Matching Challenge Campaign
Donate today and your gift will be doubled! During this time of pandemic, our seniors can no longer shop for their own food. But they definitely still need groceries. And for too many, the financial implications of this crisis have impacted them.

So that no senior goes hungry in these challenging times, we’ve been issued a matching challenge to raise $8,000. And when we do, United Way of Westchester/Putnam and the Field Hall Foundation will match your gifts to the Nourish Our Seniors campaign by donating $8,000 in gift certificates for senior food needs. Donate today!

 

Providing Rides to Seniors Since 2010

Driver standing in front of RideConnect bus

All aboard FSW’s popular shopping bus!

If you are a senior over 60+ in Westchester and Southern Putnam County and you need a ride somewhere, we’ve got you covered. You may choose to ride anywhere: the hairdresser, shopping, cultural events, employment, medical appointments, the movies, religious gatherings – wherever you’d like to go.

 

Call us at 914-242-7433 and one of our transportation counselors will find a volunteer driver best matched to suit your transportation needs. (Note: these services are limited during the COVID pandemic. We are now only offering essential rides to seniors, mainly for medical visits).

 

Running on Volunteer Power!

Across Westchester and southern Putnam counties, a caring fleet of hundreds of volunteers donate their time and use of their cars to provide rides, completely free of charge, for thousands of seniors to do their shopping, medical, social, and other errands.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our work. They hail from all walks of life: young mothers, retirees, full time workers with a weekend hour to spare, and everything in between. We welcome you to join this esteemed RideConnect driving team!

 

Other Senior Services

In addition to providing volunteer transportation and information/referral services, RideConnect also has staffers who can provide guidance and support to families or clients seeking assistance with other aging-related issues. Connect with us and access over 50 other programs and services offered by Family Services of Westchester, such as My Second Home adult day care and Home Health Care.

 

The RideConnect Story

Our story began in 2010 with the concept of providing a one-stop-shop for older adults to obtain information on transportation options.

In 2012, we realized just what a basic human need transportation is, especially in spread-out areas like Westchester and southern Putnam counties. Our older residents need to travel to work, shopping, medical appointments, and simply to stay connected.

And so later that year, our volunteer driving program was launched, which has since become the heart and soul of RideConnect. Today RideConnect provides the vital link that helps keep thousands older adults throughout Westchester and southern Putnam stay healthy, active, and connected to their communities.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible for RideConnect?
A:
 RideConnect serves adults aged 60+ throughout Westchester and southern Putnam Counties.

Q: What is the cost of the service?
A: 
Our services are always FREE. Donations are always happily accepted.

Q: What are the hours of service?
A: 
RideConnect’s call center is staffed Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM, but rides can also be scheduled for evenings and weekends. Our website is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Q: What areas do you serve?
A: 
RideConnect volunteers are available to serve seniors throughout Westchester and southern Putnam Counties.

Q: How do I access your services?
A: 
Call 914-242-7433 and our transportation counselors will be happy to assist you. Or if you prefer, head to www.rideconnectwestchester.org.

Q: Are there restrictions on the types of destinations served by RideConnect?
A: 
No, seniors may choose to ride anywhere: the hairdresser, shopping, cultural events, employment, medical appointments, religious gatherings – wherever they’d like to go. Our transportation counselors will find a volunteer driver best matched to suit any caller’s needs.

Q: Does RideConnect offer any other services?
A: 
Yes, since RideConnect is a program Family Services of Westchester, our transportation counselors have access to the more than 50 other programs and services that FSW offers and can refer callers to appropriate services. In addition, we have access to experienced social workers who can assist families in need, when necessary.

 

Location:
2875 Route 35, Suite 6S-5, Katonah, NY 10536

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Contact Information:

 Transportation Counselors:
914-242-7433
www.rideconnectwestchester.org

Karen Ganis, Director
914-864-0955 :: kganis@fsw.org

Marietta Manoni, Mobility Coordinator
914-864-2036 :: mmanoni@fsw.org