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RSVP seeks volunteers to drive seniors in central Oklahoma

Provide-A-Ride is seeking volunteers to help seniors with transportation needs in the Oklahoma City area.
By Nasreen Iqbal, Staff Writer Published: May 20, 2014
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RSVP of Central Oklahoma, a nonprofit dedicated to linking seniors with volunteer opportunities, is seeking volunteer drivers for seniors in need of transportation and compassion.

Provide-A-Ride has recently expanded its service areas to include Yukon and Mustang and is seeking volunteers in those areas as well as throughout Oklahoma County.

Since 1994, Provide-A-Ride has offered free medical transportation to Oklahoma County adults 60 and older living on low to moderate incomes. Volunteers drive clients to their appointments and remain with them throughout the appointment.

Nearly one quarter of adults 65 and older who live in Oklahoma County are unable to drive, said Beth Patterson, Provide-A-Ride executive director.

Many do not have relatives in the immediate area, and friends and neighbors are not always available to drive them to medical appointments.

Volunteers should be 50 or older, provide their own vehicles, determine how often they want to drive and select the geographic areas they want to serve. In turn, drivers receive a handicap parking permit, free supplemental accident and liability insurance and mileage reimbursement.

“We have a tremendous need for volunteers,” Patterson said. “In addition to feeling good about helping someone in need, our drivers get to hear some amazing stories along the way.”

Volunteers can offer as much or as little time as they would like, Patterson said.

How to help

To register as a Provide-A-Ride client or to become a volunteer driver, call 605-3106.