RSVP Volunteer Drivers provide an invaluable service to the community by providing medical transportation to seniors who otherwise may not receive the necessary medical care they need because they are unable to access or qualify for other transportation services.
Volunteer Drivers receive mileage reimbursement, excess accident and personal liability insurance, annual recognition luncheon and receive the bi-monthly RSVP Review. Volunteer Drivers choose how often and when they provide rides based on their availability and the location and time of the ride.
The Medical Transportation Program is in dire need of volunteers. We are looking to recruit up to 20 new volunteers.
Call RSVP today at 315-798-8710 if you can give some of your time to help a senior get the medical treatment they need.
RSVP Volunteer Transportation Program – FAQ
The Parkway Center Needs Volunteer Drivers
For more than 15 years the Parkway Center has been providing rides to medical appointments utilizing volunteer drivers. Last year 9 volunteers provided more than 700 rides.
The program is vital for Oneida County’s ambulatory seniors who are 60 and over and have no other means of transportation.
If The Parkway Center has so many drivers, why are we asking you to join?
Like all of us, the volunteer’s situations sometimes change, and they find they are no longer able to drive,
so we constantly need others to fill in. The reason this system works is because many people are willing to help out
on an occasional basis by giving of their time, vehicle and energy to help seniors get the medical care they need to stay healthy.
What does it mean to join as a volunteer driver?
It means you indicate your willingness to be called by the program’s coordinator when a request for transportation comes in from someone who lives in your area. You will be asked if you would be able and willing to drive on the requested date and time. At that time, you indicate if the appointment will fit into your schedule.
The system is set up to respond to the needs of both volunteers and passengers.
Will any of your costs be covered?
The Parkway Center offers mileage reimbursement for the distance you travel from your home until you return home again.
Just want to volunteer?
No problem, contributions of mileage are greatly appreciated and helps keep the program going.
The Coordinator will work out an easy way to confirm the trips you took to keep paperwork to a minimum.
What about insurance?
While driving for the RSVP Transportation Program you will be covered by an excess liability insurance policy under The Parkway Center.
You must maintain your own automobile insurance with TPC Coverage being secondary.
The Parkway Center’s policy does not provide physical damage coverage for your vehicle; this should be covered by your own policy.
Never volunteered before?
If you enjoy driving this is a rewarding way to help others in your neighborhood.
Requests for transportation are for routine appointments – not emergencies.
Snow birds welcome – just call when you’re available to help.
Please give volunteer driving a try.