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Many Councils on Aging (COAs) offer volunteer driver programs. For example, the Millbury Council on Aging runs a transportation program that takes seniors and individuals with disabilities anywhere within a one-town radius of Millbury. Contact your COA to learn if your city or town operates a volunteer driver program.
Some regional organizations also operate volunteer driver programs. Here are some examples from around Massachusetts.
Rides for Health
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.
TRIP Metro North
Hosted by Mystic Valley Elder Services, TRIP is a program where the drivers are recruited by seniors themselves.
Northern Essex Elder Transport (NEET)
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. Phone: (978) 388-7474 or email Drive4NEET@verizon.net.
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.
RSVP Rides for Veterans, Norfolk County Commissioners’ Office
Volunteers provide free rides for Norfolk County resident Veterans to and from medical appointments and other necessities, using the volunteers’ own vehicles.
American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery
The Road to Recovery Program operates statewide and 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.