The new MyRide Oak Ridge Senior Transportation Program is hosting its next Volunteer Driver Information and Training Session from 10 am until noon on Saturday, March 14, at the Oak Ridge Senior Center.
MyRide Oak Ridge began with a soft launch in the spring and provided its first ride on April 12. Through the program, volunteers will use their personal vehicles to transport seniors to doctor appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential destinations.
The program allows seniors to keep some of their independence by providing a way for them to go shopping, run errands, volunteer, or participate in social activities at the Senior Center.
MyRide volunteers are asked to commit at least three hours per month – just one morning or one afternoon – to drive a local senior on an essential trip within the City of Oak Ridge.
Volunteers with the program must have a valid Tennessee driver’s license, a clean driving record, and proof of insurance. As a supplement to the driver’s personal insurance, MyRide Oak Ridge has excess liability insurance for all volunteers. Additionally, state and federal Volunteer Protection Laws offer another layer of safety for volunteers.
Those interested in learning more about volunteering for the program can attend the March 14 session and learn more without being obligated to participate. Light snacks will be provided.
Guests who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by calling MyRide Oak Ridge at (865) 425-5055 or the Oak Ridge Senior Center at (865) 425-3999 or for more information fill out the Volunteer Application Form and return to the following:
MyRide Oak Ridge
P.O. Box 1
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
The funding for this project was provided through a grant awarded by the Davidson County Chancery Court, Part III from the SeniorTrust/ElderTrust settlement (Case No. 11-1548-III) and through a contract administered by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.