Volunteers Needed for New Senior Transportation Program

POSTED: SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

The new MyRide Oak Ridge Senior Transportation Program is hosting its next Volunteer Driver Information and Training Session on Thursday, September 12, from noon until 3 p.m. 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 and still participate in social activities like going to church, playing bingo at the Senior Center, or volunteering.

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 can attend the session on September 12 without being obligated to participate. Light snacks will be provided. Guests are asked to RSVP by calling MyRide Oak Ridge at (865) 425-5055 or the Oak Ridge Senior Center at (865) 425-3999.

Potential volunteers can also download and print the Volunteer Application Form online and return it by email to kmayes@oakridgetn.gov or by standard mail to the following address:

MyRide Oak Ridge
P.O. Box 1
Oak Ridge, TN 37831

About Oak Ridge Senior Center: Oak Ridge senior citizens have had a facility dedicated to their needs since 1977. The Senior Center is now temporarily located at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike inside the Recreation Building of the Civic Center. You can learn more about them on Facebook, check out their website or give them a call for more information on programs offered by the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department.