Transportation assistance for volunteers

  • March 13, 2018 2:50 PM
    Message # 5970105

    Does anyone offer Trimet or other transportation assistance to volunteers so they can get to and from their volunteer shift? If so, at what point do you ask volunteers if they would like this type of assistance? 

  • March 28, 2018 10:34 AM
    Reply # 6004522 on 5970105
    Anonymous

    Hi, Liza! If your volunteer is an older adult (60 or over) a person with a disability of any kind, Ride Connection might be a good resource for them.  We offer one-on-one travel training for people who want to learn how to use public transportation, which we offer at no cost. Travel trainers can familiarize them with TriMet's trip planning site, bring out maps and schedules, or actually ride the bus, MAX, Streetcar, etc. with someone until they're comfortable and confident traveling independently. We also offer door-to-door transportation at no cost, much of which is provided by Volunteer Drivers. When someone calls us, they'll talk to a Travel Options Counselor, who can help them identify other options that may fit their unique situation, too.  Our main number is (503) 226-0700, or you can check out our website: www.rideconnection.org. It sounds like it might be a challenging conversation if you're noticing a Volunteer needs extra support getting to their volunteer gig, so feel free to reach out if you want to bounce ideas around or talk through what that conversation could look like: Pam Monahan, (503) 528-1738, or pmonahan@rideconnection.org.

  • March 28, 2018 10:35 AM
    Reply # 6004523 on 5970105
    Anonymous

    Also - if a person's barriers to getting around on TriMet are financial, one of our Travel Options Counselors can point them in the right direction to get fare assistance, too.

  • March 29, 2018 9:35 AM
    Reply # 6006507 on 5970105

    Thanks, Pam! Right now the volunteers who we know need transportation assistance are youth who don't get Trimet passes from school and working adults who don't have personal vehicles. Ride Connection is a great resource and I'm glad you reminded me of the various services that we could offer our volunteers!

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software