Volunteer drivers needed to help local seniors remain healthy and independent, one mile at a time

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Volunteer drivers give Lavonne Raven
her independence back
92-year-old Lavonne Raven can attest to the value of the Volunteer Transportation program, which matches local seniors with caring volunteer drivers to take them to their medical appointments.

Like many others who are no longer able to drive themselves, she relies on Volunteer Transportation to access important medical care.

Lavonne was never a homebody, so she was devastated when her family took her keys away two years ago. She no longer had the freedom to come and go as she pleased, and she had a long list of recurring appointments.

She struggled with getting to her oncologist, urologist, orthopedic specialist, vascular surgeon, chiropractor, physical therapist, audiologist and eye doctor. She felt like she’d lost her independence.

It was then that Lavonne discovered the Volunteer Transportation program, which quickly became a huge part of her life. She continues to use the service multiple times per week. 
“I truly do not know what I’d do without the program. It is just so wonderful. Each driver is marvelous, and each ride is like a day out for me!” she says.

Lavonne is just one of the program’s 2,000+ clients, and each senior has a unique story what the Volunteer Transportation service means to him/her. But one common theme is the same in all client narratives: Volunteer drivers ensure that they have the good health and high spirits they need to keep “on the road” to improved quality of life.

More volunteer drivers are needed throughout King County! Use your own car and choose the times, days and areas in which you wish to drive. Call 206-748-7588, email or visit the webpage to find out more. Go the “extra mile” for local seniors!


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