Imagine being a senior who has just been told by their doctor that he or she can no longer drive. What was once a piece of their daily independence has now been taken away permanently. Imagine being in their shoes, overcome with anxiety or worry of not knowing how to get to a doctor's appointment or to the grocery store.
If you were in a senior's shoes, where would you turn to for help? Answer: Interfaith Senior Programs of Waukesha County.
“Thank you so much for your program of ‘transporting seniors to their destinations.’ As I have sold my car, it's so hard to find ways to get around,” shared Dorothy, an Interfaith client.
Our transportation program matches volunteer drivers with seniors and adults with disabilities in their community who need help. Our program focuses on trips to client’s health appointments, grocery stores and food pantries.
Interfaith has seen a significant rise in client needs and is seeking to find volunteers who are able to assist us with this program. In the first seven months of 2012, client requests have increased by 24 percent when compared with the same period in 2011. Clients are requesting up two 2 rides per week.
“I have used your 'ride' service and I must say many doctor appointments would be missed if not for your help,” Interfaith client, Geri, said in a thank you note to our agency.
Most transportation requests are within 15 minutes of a client’s home and average about one hour per trip. There is even some opportunity to travel to Milwaukee with clients if you are interested.
Volunteers may choose one-time requests or serve on an on-going basis. Interfaith Senior Programs personally assesses all clients and trains its volunteers, even offering special mobility trainings throughout the year. “One reason I feel so good about volunteering is that I’m not from the area and am unable to help my parents. I want to know my parents could get help if my siblings weren’t available,” shares, Interfaith driver, Gail.
Are you ready to serve and help our clients who can no longer drive? Do you want to help them eliminate the worry of how they're going to get to their next appointment?
Laura, Interfaith client, wrote, “I want to thank you for the ride I received from calling Interfaith. Your drivers are all so courteous and helpful.”
Join our volunteer driver team today! Contact Marcia at 262-549-3348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.