A Richmond-based organization is making an urgent call for volunteer drivers to help seniors get around the city.
The Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) transportation service is seeing a growing need from older adults who require help getting to their medical appointments and community activities such as visiting friends and family.
Volunteer drivers can work on a flexible schedule and can accept or decline ride requests based on their own availability.
They can also use their own vehicle or use one provided by RCRG, which will have a plexiglass barrier installed between the front and back seats.
Carol Dickson, manager of RCRG’s seniors community support services, says the organization has been working to get the service up and running again after having temporarily suspended it due to COVID-19.
“Access to transportation is essential for keeping older adults independent and connected to their community,” says Dickson.
She added that health and safety measures are put in place to make sure clients and volunteers “feel comfortable driving together.”
The transportation service is part of the Richmond Better at Home program, which is operated in partnership with the United Way of the Lower Mainland and Province of B.C.
For more information or to volunteer, visit www.RCRG.org/DriveForSeniors or call 604-279-7020