Some of our seniors do not have their own vehicles and may not even have family in the community, which has left them without the ability to get to health care appointments.
Whitevalley Community Resource is looking for volunteer drivers to assist seniors with their quality of life, independence and connection to the community by providing them with transportation to their appointments.
If you think you might be able to occasionally help out – you need to have a valid driver’s license, and 5 years of driving experience with a clean driver’s abstract. You will supply your own insured vehicle with a minimum of $2 million liability, pass a criminal record check for vulnerable persons, be sensitive towards seniors, and be available Monday to Friday – as per your time preferences.
Our volunteers come from churches, civic organizations, early retirees who are paying it forward, parents who are teaching their children to respect elderly citizens and anyone who has a bit of time to help a senior neighbor.
Volunteer drivers provide seniors who live in Lumby rides to medical appointments in Vernon. A typical round trip takes 2-3 hours, a one-way drop off, only about an hour and you will receive a fuel reimbursement. You will not be asked to support or transport medically fragile seniors.
By volunteering to help local seniors, you are supporting a diverse, inclusive and vibrant community for everyone. For more information on how you can support this important new program, please call Dawn at 250-547-8866.
A weekly feature for Lumby, Cherryville, and area seniors. For more information about any of the following please contact Lauralee or Jenny at (250) 547-8866 Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Office (250) 547-8866. Funding support provided by Interior Health, the Province of British Columbia (Community Gaming), United Way Southern Interior and United Way Lower Mainland.