RideConnect Needs Volunteer Drivers to Transport Older Adults

10/30/11

RideConnect, FSW’s new transportation referral program, is looking for volunteers (over 55 years of age) to provide rides to older adults in Northern Westchester.  Older residents  living in Mount Kisco, Katonah,  Lewisboro, North Salem, North Castle, Pound Ridge and Somers will receive these rides, which can take them outside this immediate service area. These rides will enable older adults to keep their doctor’s appointments, go shopping, visit family members, see the hairdresser, etc. “Residents living in these towns often face a $50 taxi fare to get from one place to another, so we are hoping to find volunteers to transport these older adults so they can remain active in their communities,” explains Karen Ganis, Director of RideConnect. “Their volunteer efforts can give older adults the gifts of mobility and independence.” Volunteers must have a valid and clean driver’s license and a flexible schedule.

 Staff members from RideConnect serve as personal assistants and direct callers to the fastest, most cost-effective transportation option that will meet their needs. The call center, (914) 242-7433, is staffed from Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. In addition, the program’s website, www.rideconnectwestchester.org, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.   To learn more about the program or volunteer to drive, call Karen Ganis at (914) 864-0955.