The new MyRide Oak Ridge Senior Transportation Program is hosting its third Volunteer Driver Information and Training Session from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 17, 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, a press release said. Through the program, volunteers will use their personal vehicles to drive seniors to doctor appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential destinations.
The program allows seniors to keep some of their independence while still participating in social activities like going to church, playing bingo at the Senior Center, or volunteering, the press release said.
MyRide volunteers are asked to commit at least three hours per monthâ€”just one morning or one afternoonâ€”to drive a local senior on an essential trip within the City of Oak Ridge.
Volunteers with the program must have a valid Tennessee driverâ€™s license, a clean driving record, and proof of insurance, the press release said. As a supplement to the driverâ€™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, the release said.
Those interested in learning more about volunteering for the program can attend the August 17 session without being obligated to participate. A light lunch 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.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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