Why serve on this team?
If you don’t have a car or can’t drive, Long Island is a tough place to live and survive. When people get old or injured and can’t drive, they feel isolated and lonely. They come to church and SRC activities less often. Their health is endangered when they can’t get to their medical appointments. By providing transportation to church or medical appointments you can help people get the help they need.
Your role as a driver
- Make phone contact with the person who needs a ride.
- Prepare your vehicle to carry a guest.
- Give assistance necessary when you pick up a person.
- Drive carefully and safely to the destination.
- Park and escort into their appointment or into church.
- Use the travel and waiting time to build a relationship and talk about common interests.
- Be available to drive them home either by staying with them or Returning at a designated time.
- Help the person get into their home safely.
- Be available to receive a request for a ride.
- Make a phone call to set up a ride for their trip.
- Map out the trip on a GPS or local maps.
- Be on time for pick up.
- Drive safely and obey all traffic rules.
- Use the travel time to get to know the person and build them up with your words.
- Report to the transportation coordinator about the trip.
Next steps . . .
Travel with a transportation team member when they are providing a ride. Offer your services and ask for people who need rides. Think about how far you are willing to travel giving rides to those in need.
Notes . . .
Make sure your vehicle is comfortable and clean. Determine the best place for the person to sit in your vehicle. Take a genuine interest in the person you are transporting. Don’t agree to make unnecessary trips. You are not a taxi service. Keep records of your trips, time and fuel expense. It could be tax deductible.