Seniors First promotes rural transportation services
December 9, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Seniors First has launched an outreach campaign aimed at recruiting riders and drivers in rural communities for their recently expanded My Rides Program.
The My Rides Program was extended earlier this year to offer door-to-door volunteer transportation services in the communities of Sheridan, North Tahoe and areas located east of Colfax to the State Route 20/ Ineterstate 80 Interchange near Yuba Gap.
Now, under a grant provided by The SCAN Foundation, Seniors First is focused on launching an outreach campaign aimed at raising awareness and use of the new program and evaluating the program's effectiveness.
"Expanding the My Rides Program into the rural areas in Placer County is a critical step to improving access to services for seniors and other households in remote areas where lack of public transportation, and often difficult road conditions exist," said Amy Bakker, transportation coordinator for Seniors First.
"Transportation services are an important means for those living in rural areas to stay connected to their neighbors and maintain a strong sense of community. This grant will enable us to boost outreach services in rural areas where connecting with riders and drivers is often challenging," she added.
The My Rides Program compliments public transportation by reimbursing volunteers to transport individuals to non-emergency medical and other appointments, where no transit service exists or when the individual is unable to utilize public transportation for other reasons. The My Rides Program also offers transportation assistance to families of limited means with children under the age of 6.
My Rides utilizes volunteer drivers who have agreed to provide rides to eligible destinations for Placer County residents unable to use conventional public transportation. Drivers, who are screened by Seniors First, choose the days, times and geographical locations they are available to drive and are reimbursed for the mileage driven.
Seniors and other eligible residents who need rides to non-emergency medical and other essential-needs appointments contact My Rides to arrange for transportation. Riders are typically picked up at home, driven to their destination and then returned back home.
The My Rides Rural Trip Program is supported by a grant from The SCAN Foundation, dedicated to creating a society in which seniors receive medical treatment and human services that are integrated in the setting most appropriate to their needs.