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Volunteer Driver Program in need of more drivers

HUMBOLDT COUNTY- Transportation for health care needs can be a challenge for some senior citizens.  The Area 1 Agency on Aging is trying to change that, but first, they need your help.

Ruby Dollar, who lives in Eureka, suffered a stroke in 2012.  She used to have to catch multiple buses in order to see her doctor in Fortuna. 

"It wasn't any fun, I'll tell you. It was terrible. I didn't like it at all," said Dollar.

But then she heard about the Area 1 Agency on Aging Volunteer Driver Program, which provides transportation for people over 50 from Trinidad to Eel River Valley, who need rides to medical appointments.  Gaylord Hughes is a volunteer and has driven Ruby Dollar multiple times.

"It makes me feel happier, better and more complete. I've done something, I've accomplished something, rather than just sit around watching TV," said Hughes.

Now, the agency needs more drivers.  They only have 27 volunteers, and many people to serve.

"Sometimes we haven't been able to fill up our calendar for every person just because we haven't had enough drivers," said Maureen McGarry, who works with the Area 1 Agency on Aging.

McGarry says there is always another appointment, and always a need for another driver.

“It means the world to me to have this program, because, like I said, I don't want to change doctors,” Dollar said.

And with more drivers, people like Dollar won’t have to.

For information about how to become a volunteer driver or to sign up to use the program, call the Area 1 Agency on Aging at 442-3711.