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Kewaunee County in need of volunteer drivers

Volunteers are the backbone of a community that keep members happy, healthy, and involved. If you look around at all of the different organizations or community events held in Kewaunee County, the bulk of the work is done by people who volunteer their time, energy, and passion for making Kewaunee County a great place to live. 

 

Kewaunee County Human Services is recruiting volunteers for the Driver Escort program.  The Driver Escort program is available to individuals in the County who are eligible for services and do not have any other means of transportation and want to remain independent in the community.  The program runs on the use of volunteer drivers to provide the rides to screened participants.  Currently, the program has 27 volunteer drivers that provide an average of 280 rides per month to individuals in the County and an average of 3306 miles are driven per month.  Volunteers receive mileage reimbursement.  Our program is growing and we need additional volunteers to meet the demand of rides. 

 

We asked our current volunteers why they volunteer and here are some of the responses; Jean Robinson who has been volunteering since 2016 states “The clients are so grateful for the rides and how many people you would never have met without volunteering. It really is very satisfying how wonderful you feel in helping people.” Another volunteer; MaryAnn Breitlow shares “I very much enjoy helping people, but until I joined the transportation program, I never realized how much of a need there was.  Many people have no other way to get to their appointments as other driving services are much more expensive. It is so wonderful to be able to look back on your day and know that you helped someone who could not have gotten to their appointment or work etc. without your help. The mileage reimbursement is a nice plus as well. It is also a great way to meet new people and even keep some as friends. If there are any retirees out there who want a more fulfilling life and are a good driver, this is a great opportunity!”

 

Becoming a volunteer is easy!  If you have a valid driver’s license and some time to spare, you can volunteer and set your own schedule.  The program runs Monday through Friday during office hours.  Training is provided.   Please reach out to us for more information or with questions, we can be reached at 920-388-0626.

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