Local nonprofit helps seniors stay independent; volunteers needed

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by Emily Hummel, KVUE.com

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Posted on January 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

AUSTIN – Austin’s oldest and largest senior transportation service entered the new year with a new name and has sounded the call for volunteers.

Formerly known as Faith In Action Caregivers, Drive a Senior's core service is providing volunteer-based transportation services to seniors. The nonprofit organization operates in 66 zip codes in the greater Austin area.

Each year more than 1,600 volunteers give rides to 2,800 senior citizens. The transportation service helps seniors stay in their own homes and maintain their independence. "When driving is no longer an option, it is easy to feel stuck and alone,” says board president Pat Liston.

Drive a Senior volunteers help by providing rides to the doctor’s office, grocery store, or pharmacy. 

"Being a Drive a Senior driver is flexible volunteerism," explains Janet Allen, Executive Director of the Drive a Senior program in Southwest Austin. "You can give rides in your neighborhood, near your workplace, and on your schedule. And no long-term commitment is required.”  

The demand for transportation services is increasing. If you'd like to volunteer with Drive a Senior, visit driveasenior.org.

Click the player below for a video from Drive a Senior.

 

 

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