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RCC Now Offering Ride Service For Senior Citizens

by Karen Goff February 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm 2 Comments

RCC logoReston Community Center has joined the NV Rides network to offer a new transportation program that offers reliable, personalized transportation to Reston adults 55 years and older who cannot drive.

NV Rides Reston will provide door-to-door rides to help get older adults to important engagements, ranging from social and enrichment activities to medical appointments.

Rides are provided by volunteer drivers, free of charge, to anyone age 55 or older who resides in Reston Community Center’s Tax District boundaries. The map is available on our website at http://goo.gl/W4TYRH. There are no income-level requirements.

“I am thrilled to see RCC address the critical need of affordable and accessible transportation for the growing population of older adults in Reston,” said Beverly Cosham, Chair of RCC Board of Governors. “The RCC Board and staff team have been studying this program for many months and we are very happy to bring this volunteer driver approach to Reston.”

NV Rides is a network of service providers that coordinates volunteer driver transportation programs throughout Fairfax County. The development and administration of NV Rides is a unique partnership between Fairfax County, the Jewish Council for the Aging, and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.

The program partners use cloud-based software, “RideScheduler,” to assist staff in posting and assigning rides. This user-friendly system allows drivers to accept a ride with a click of a button; it also generates route maps and sends drivers reminders of upcoming appointments, says RCC.

RCC is in need of volunteer drivers to make the program a success, says Eileen Boone, RCC Director of Leisure & Learning.

All volunteer driver applicants will undergo a thorough DMV and background check, as well as training on how to use the web-based scheduling system, RideScheduler, where they will be able to freely choose the appointments that best suit their personal schedule – no minimum number of rides required.

Volunteer drivers will also receive a mileage report for their annual tax filings. Interested volunteer drivers can apply on RCC’s website.

For more detailed information, contact Karen Brutsché, RCC 55+ Program Director and NV Rides Reston Coordinator, at 703-390-6198 or [email protected], or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com/nv-rides-reston.

  • John Lovaas

    It will be interesting to see what demand there is for this 55-plus service. Good idea to have senior coordinator for the service.

  • gullyterrier .

    What a great service. Mu Aunt lives in the Lake Anne Fellowship Home and it has been difficult for her to get around since she gave up driving a few years ago. What a blessing this will be if she could take advantage of this service.

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