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Victoria Mehren has been hired to oversee volunteers and transportation efforts for the nonprofit Senior Ride Nashville, a transportation call center and volunteer ride service for older adults that will launched this summer.
According to Mehren, the organization is currently seeking caring, reliable volunteer drivers to provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores and other destinations. “We will begin piloting rides in September in the Bellevue area with additional services areas to be added in the coming months,” she said.
The creation of Senior Ride Nashville is the result of work begun in May 2015, when the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee convened a Senior Transportation Leadership Coalition to address the growing need for affordable, available, assisted transportation for seniors, according to a release.
Information is currently provided on the organization’s website about signing up as either a volunteer driver or to be a rider.
Volunteer drivers are required to provide a minimum of one ride per month using their own car. (The maximum trip time is three hours) Volunteer training is also required that begins with a brief interview, background check and driving record check.
When fully launched, Senior Ride Nashville will offer information and referral services to match seniors and caregivers with the most appropriate transportation options, whether it’s ride share, public transit, paratransit or SRN’s assisted ride service.
Ultimately, Mehren says, Senior Ride Nashville strives to improve quality of life for older adults in Davidson County by providing guidance on mobility options.
The service will also hope to provide courteous and safe door-to-door volunteer transportation for those eligible for service, enabling them to maintain their independence and dignity for residents of Davidson County age 60 and older.
Learn more at seniorridenashville.org.