Volunteer Driver Programs

One of the remarkable characteristics of the United States is its volunteer spirit. This spirit is generated and conveyed by thousands of volunteers. While national, state and local government entities sponsor many volunteer programs, the non-profit sector also offers a rich array of volunteer opportunities for Americans. Volunteer driver programs have been providing transportation to older adults for more than sixty years. They are organized for many reasons. (1) Other services are not available. (2) Seniors cannot access services that are available. (3) They are inexpensive to operate. (4) They can provide transportation assistance. (5) They can get seniors where they need to go. The Beverly Foundation’s information about volunteer driver programs was gathered in the course of the Beverly Foundation’s annual STAR Search surveys from 2000 through 2010.

The volunteer driver program informational and resource materials available on the Beverly Foundation’s website describe what they are, what they look like, how they are organized, what makes them low in cost, and their risk factors (including liability, exposure, and insurance), and include a calculator for measuring their senior friendliness, and a variety of models, case examples and work books.

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