By Rusty Bradshaw
Northwest Valley Connect officials are looking for a few good drivers.
The nonprofit agency helps Northwest Valley residents with transportation challenges find alternatives. One of those is Northwest Valley Connect’s volunteer driver program, in which volunteers use their own vehicles to provide rides for residents for doctor and other medical appointments, grocery shopping and other trips within the area.
“How many of you have volunteered — recently, in the past — or maybe think about it as something you would do in the future?” asked Kathy Chandler, Northwest Valley Connect executive director. “Do you know that volunteering is a privilege — it is a gift of time given to you which you are able to give to someone else. How gratifying is that?”
NVC’s need for drivers continues to grow. The agency responded to more than 10,500 requests for transportation referrals and rides during the past year, according to Ms. Chandler. Most calls are from residents 55 or older with physical limitations, she added. In the past three months inquiries from Sun City, Sun City West and Surprise residents doubled figures at this same time last year.
“Of course, it (volunteering) means leveraging your time with the greatest return,” Ms. Chandler said. “No amount of time given is too little.”
NVC’s area of service has also seen growth and now includes Litchfield Park, Goodyear and Avondale, according to Ms. Chandler.
“The projection for 2018 response to inquiries is 14,000 or more,” she said.
Call 623-282-9304 to volunteer.
Northwest Valley Connect is a nonprofit transportation coordination service for residents of the west region of the Phoenix metropolitan area. NVC officials aim to educate the population it serves on existing transportation resources as well as provide new senior transportation options to service unmet needs.