Centralina Encourages Volunteerism through its new transportation service—Volunteer Transportation Services (VTS)

During “National Volunteer Appreciation Month” the Centralina Area Agency on Aging wants to remind you about a new volunteer opportunity available through Volunteer Transportation Services (VTS).

Volunteerism is an enormous part of making progress in strengthening communities across the country. National Volunteer Appreciation Month, celebrated annually during the month of April, is a time to highlight the many volunteer opportunities available across communities and to celebrate those who dedicate their time to give back.

Centralina’s Area Agency on Aging manages VTS, which is a program that works to meet the unmet transit needs of older adults, veterans and persons with disabilities residing in the nine-county region. The service helps to fill a gap to meet the growing need for riders that do not qualify for other transportation services.

“The program allows neighbors to help neighbors—people who need rides are paired with local volunteers willing to provide a ride,” said Katie Kutcher, Centralina’s Aging Programs Coordinator.

VTS complements existing transportation services out there and provides safe, reliable transportation options where other services may not fit the need.

The program is currently recruiting volunteers to provide non-emergency access to medical care, grocery stores, cultural facilities, senior centers, churches or other needs and destinations for those in need. Volunteers are required to complete an initial orientation training and can also attend a defensive driving course offered through AAA at no charge.

"This is a collaborative effort that responds to a need in this region," said Kutcher. "VTS is an efficient way to provide additional human services transportation options that can improve quality of life for residents of this region and is a great way to make a difference in the community."

For more information about becoming a volunteer or a passenger contact Nikki Miller, VTS Program Specialist at nmiller@centralina.org or call 844-VTS-RIDE.

Community sponsors and partners are also needed. Contact Katie Kutcher at kkutcher@centralina.org or 704-348-2705 for more information on how to become a VTS sponsor or for more information about the program.

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