Helping Hands in need of volunteer drivers
SUBMITTED PHOTO Volunteer Tom Shular fills up his vehicle. The lower gas prices make it easier for Helping Hands to deliver some of its services.
Helping Hands transportation volunteer Tom Shular is enjoying the recent decrease in gasoline prices.
“I provide regular transportation services for Helping Hands clients, both in Orillia and Coldwater areas, but can often drive clients to appointments in out-of-town locations as well,” he explained. “With the decrease in gas rates, there is a significant savings on fuel costs that, in turn, allows Helping Hands to allocate more funds into direct service delivery for clients.”
Transportation costs for the clients remain at a constant, affordable rate and do not fluctuate around the gas rate at the pumps. However, decreased fuel costs allows funding to go further, providing more capacity to serve more clients in the community.
“We want to maintain an affordable transportation program for seniors and adults with disabilities and part of keeping costs lower is having volunteers provide the service with reimbursement for their mileage,” said Lisa Mossman, co-ordinator of transportation.
This time of year, additional volunteers are crucial to continue the program sustainably. With the cooler fall weather here and winter soon to follow, additional volunteers are needed for the transportation program.
“The dedication and compassion of our existing volunteers never ceases to amaze us here at Helping Hands and we are confident that our team will expand to include new volunteers with the same qualities,” said Mossman.
For more information about services or volunteer opportunities, call 705-325-7861 or visit helpinghandsorillia.ca.