Helping Hands looking for volunteer drivers
Helping Hands transportation scheduler Sandi Petherick and transportation volunteer Kelly Long assist client Delma into a Helping Hands vehicle for her regular transportation ride. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The holidays are almost upon us and Helping Hands is excited not only about its new office location at 575 West St. S., but also its new year recruitment process for volunteers.
“We have had a great year and had the opportunity to bring a string of wonderful new volunteers into our organization to complement our dedicated volunteers that have been assisting us for years,” said Lisa Mossman, co-ordinator of transportation. “Kelly Long, a transportation volunteer, has been with Helping Hands since 2013 and while she is keeping herself busy with family life and schooling, she enjoys her volunteer time with Helping Hands.”
When asked what motivates her to put her hand out to the community and provide volunteer transportation to seniors and adults with physical disabilities, Long said her passengers are lovely and endearing people.
“Every day of volunteer driving is always a positive and enlightening experience. The flexibility of Helping Hands allows me to pursue my goal of obtaining my real-estate licence while continuing to be a volunteer and giving back to my community. I would strongly urge anyone considering becoming a volunteer to join Helping Hands’ team. They are truly a wonderful and unique organization,” Long said.
Helping Hands staff make sure new volunteers feel comfortable in their roles, with hands-on orientation and training initiatives to participate in. Also, the option for the volunteers to use their own vehicles for transportation purposes, while receiving mileage reimbursement, can go a long way, especially for extra cash after the holidays. Agency vehicles may also be available to provide transportation services, including several wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
Helping Hands client Delma has been using transportation services since 2013 for distance appointments and local rides that are more challenging for her.
“I can’t say enough about Helping Hands and the buzz around town of their organization. Helping Hands volunteers show a great deal of respect for clients, and they are extra courteous, offering door-to-door service and even an umbrella on a rainy day,” Delma said.
Helping Hands’ transportation program operates seven days per week, including evening service.
“We are currently requiring volunteers to provide local and distance rides and for those volunteers interested, additional wheelchair training for wheelchair rides would be welcome,” said Victoria Cescon, co-ordinator of personnel. “Traditionally, this season, many of our volunteers travel to warmer climates, creating more of an urgent need for additional assistance in the transportation department.”
To give the gift of giving by donating your time to volunteer for transportation, email email@example.com or call 705-325-4299, ext. 248.