When a person is no longer able to drive, they must rely on family, friends, or neighbors to get them to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, hair appointments, visiting friends, and more. For example, if someone doesn’t have a driver available to, a taxi ride from Georgetown Center to Midcoast Hospital is $50.00 round trip.
Many Georgetown residents currently provide an amazing amount of support in driving other folks, but they are often very busy and may be aging themselves. Our goal is to provide another option for those who may not reliably have this support and take some of the pressure off current ride providers.
Under Cindi Compton’s leadership, we are investigating a variety services that may be able help. One of the options is People Plus’s Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN). In this system we would recruit local volunteer drivers to transport Georgetowners to various local and regional destinations. Riders would be asked to make a donation for the ride, but that wouldn’t be required if they were unable to pay.
There are many issues to investigate with VTN and the other programs we are reviewing. A key element will be surveying those who might participate in such a program to see what they need and what would be important for them in a ride program.
If you have any suggestions, please let us know. The best solution will be one that comes from participation by as many town folks as possible.