Volunteers needed to give senior citizens a lift

Ensuring that senior citizens can go grocery shopping, retrieve medications from a pharmacy and make all their medical appointments helps keep the elderly living in their homes longer. To maintain that quality of life some independent seniors just need a lift occasionally.

Mesa County’s Support Our Seniors program, called SOS, is in need of volunteer drivers to help get seniors around. Volunteers are reimbursed $.55 a mile. Currently the program has four regular drivers, but about 20 drivers are needed to get the more than 35 seniors around, said Linette Perez of Mesa County’s ARCH program, which oversees SOS.

“If we had more drivers, we could do trips to the salon,” Perez said. “We’ve had to really cut back.”

The program works around volunteer driving schedules, and drivers are not expected to be able to drive each day. Most volunteers sign up for a day a week, or they make themselves available for a time on weekends, Perez said.

“Most people say I’m already going grocery shopping, I wouldn’t mind taking someone with me,” she said. “(Seniors) are very grateful to people who take them.”

The SOS program has been around for at least a decade, Perez said, and some of the participants are former drivers.

Volunteers must pass a background check.

For more information and to volunteer, call 248-2746.


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