For most of us, car keys represent freedom and independence. According to the American Association for Retired People, more than 95 percent of seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible, but the key to remaining independent is transportation. When driving is no longer an option, running simple errands like getting to the grocery store, doctor’s office, or beauty shop is a critical challenge. Staying connected is essential to healthy aging, but without transportation, many seniors feel stuck and alone.
Every day, more than 10,000 Americans turn 65. In Austin, the number of people age 60 and older is growing and expected to more than double in 10 years, creating a significant mobility gap. For thousands of senior citizens in our community, not having transportation may mean they are no longer able to stay in their own homes. Sometimes, public transportation isn’t available where they live or when they need it, and often there is simply no one available to give them a ride.
Volunteering to be a Drive a Senior driver is easy and flexible.
- No long-term commitment is required
- Choose the times and locations most convenient for you
- Organize drives around your schedule – weekly, monthly, or as convenient
- Schedule drives from your computer or by phone
- Drive seniors living nearby (area bounded by Burnet Road, FM 1325, IH-35 and W 45th Street)
To volunteer, please call 512-453-2273, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.driveasenior.org. Drive a Senior is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.