Who can ride?
Find a ride with a volunteer driver
To find a volunteer driver program near you, try these steps:
- Search Ride Match for transportation options, including volunteer driver programs
- Contact your local Council on Aging to see if they offer a volunteer driver program
- Contact MassOptions to connect with your region's Aging Service Access Point to see if they offer a volunteer driver program
- Some Villages offer transportation as one of the volunteer services they provide
- Explore whether local community-based organizations in your area offer volunteer driver programs
Start a volunteer driver program
Local Volunteer Driver Programs
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 in Millbury or surrounding towns. Contact your COA to learn if your city or town operates a volunteer driver program.
Regional Volunteer Driver Programs
Some regional organizations also operate volunteer driver programs. Here are some examples from around Massachusetts.
Volunteers provide door-through-door, assisted medical transportation to LifePath consumers. Consumers can also request a volunteer to accompany them on public transit.
Hosted by Mystic Valley Elder Services, TRIP is a program where people ride with a friend or neighbor who drives them where they need to go.
NEET is an aging services provider offering transportation for seniors through the generosity of volunteer drivers and the collaboration of 13 local Councils on Aging in Essex County.
RSVP Volunteers provide local and long distance medical transportation to self-mobile individuals age 60+. This door-to-door service is available to residents of Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham.
Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC)
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 residents who are veterans to medical appointments and other important destinations, using the volunteers’ own vehicles.
Nauset Neighbors - service currently suspended due to the pandemic
This all-volunteer Village - serving the Cape Cod towns of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, and Wellfleet - offers a range of services to help older Cape Cod residents stay in their homes. Enrolled members can request volunteer-provided services including transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, exercise, and other purposes.
American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery - service currently suspended due to the pandemic
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.