Volunteer driver programs can be found all over the state. Below is a partial listing of volunteer driver programs in Massachusetts. In addition, many Councils on Aging in Massachusetts offer volunteer driver programs. If you don’t see something in your immediate area, call your local Council on Aging to ask what transportation options they offer.
Click here to see an interactive map of volunteer driver programs in Massachusetts, or scroll down to find a local volunteer driver program. All information in the map is also included in the text below.
Massachusetts Volunteer Driver Programs
Eligible trips include shopping, errands, and social trips, but medical appointments are prioritized. Call (413) 499-0524 for more information or to learn more about transportation resources for seniors in Berkshire County. Based in Pittsfield.
Volunteers provide door-through-door, assisted medical transportation to consumers of services at the LifePath. Consumers can also request a volunteer to accompany them on public transit.
The Millbury Council on Aging runs a transportation program that takes seniors and individuals with disabilities anywhere within a one-town radius of Millbury. For more information, call the Council on Aging at (508) 865-9154.
Seniors and people with disabilities who live in Cambridge and Somerville and find it difficult to use public transportation are eligible for this program. Any local destination is an eligible trip, but priority will be given to medical appointments. Call (617) 628-2601 x3118 to schedule a ride. Trips must be scheduled at least 10 days in advance.
Hosted by Mystic Valley Elder Services, TRIP is a program where the drivers are recruited by seniors themselves. To learn more or apply for the program, call (781) 324-7705. Based in Malden.
Northern Essex Elder Transport (NEET)
NEET is located at 100 Main St. Amesbury, MA 01913. Phone: (978) 388-7474 or email Drive4NEET@verizon.net.
A non-profit since 1981, this volunteer program serves the elderly in fourteen Merrimack Valley communities through the local Councils on Aging. NEET has won many awards and grants over the years.
Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC)
The OCPC runs a volunteer driver program through their Area Agency on Aging. Any Council on Aging in the region can opt in. Participating Councils on Aging handle volunteer recruitment and scheduling, while OCPC handles reimbursement. Based in Brockton.
Volunteers provide free rides for Norfolk County resident Veterans to and from medical appointments and other necessities, using the volunteers’ own vehicles. Riders must be ambulatory or bring a caregiver to assist them getting in and out. Trips provided in and around Norfolk County including to VA Hospitals in Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, or Brockton whenever a volunteer is available. Call (781) 329-5728 to learn more.
The Road to Recovery Program matches cancer patients with drivers to take them to their cancer-related appointments. The program is not meant to fulfill every transportation need that cancer patients might have, but is meant to supplement what their family and friends can provide. If the program receives a request it cannot fill, staff members try to connect the patient with other transportation providers. Offices are located in Acton, Holyoke, Northborough, and West Bridgewater.
This information is provided by EOHHS Human Service Transportation Office