Rides for Seniors

On September 1, 2005, Senior Helpline Services began offering to our ambulatory otherwise home-bound senior residents of Contra Costa County, free one-on-one, door-through-door rides provided by volunteer drivers. These rides are primarily for the purpose of obtaining medical care, groceries, and other basic necessities. Training for volunteer drivers includes learning & practicing safety techniques.

The Rides for Seniors program was added to fill a gap in services for seniors who no longer drive & cannot access other forms of transportation. Unless they are able to use public transportation, paratransit, vans, or cabs that provide only curb-to-curb service, seniors often have difficulty in accessing medical care and obtaining basic necessities. In our society, mobility = independence, so without a safe and available alternative to driving, the end result for seniors is often long term institutionalization.

In order to ensure the safety of our Rides for Seniors clients, these clients must also participate in the Reassurance Phone Friends program.

If you need rides, click here to become a client. If you would like to assist us, click here to volunteer (and note the requirements in the yellow box to the right).

   Volunteer       Donate
   Become a Client
Rides for Seniors Volunteers must:
  • be between the ages of 25-75 years.
  • agree to fingerprinting and a DMV background check.
  • have a valid drivers license, proof of insurance, and current vehicle registration.
  • attend a Senior Helpline Services training class.
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