RSVP was recently awarded $31,500 from the Oakwood Foundation, one of the largest grants they have made in our community, in support of RSVP’s Driver Services program. This grant will enable us to recruit more drivers next year, targeting the Madison area to help with the increasing demand for medical rides as well as offering transportation for other important trips that help seniors remain independent. Transportation is one of the most pressing needs facing older adults today and with the growing senior population there is more demand. Over the past two years RSVP has experienced a 15.7% increase in the number of rides county-wide. In Madison demand has been even higher with a 55% increase in rides provided by RSVP volunteer drivers. This support from the Oakwood Foundation has come at a perfect time, allowing us to recruit more drivers to meet growing transportation needs.
We are very grateful that the Oakwood Foundation selected RSVP for this significant grant as well as for the new partnership opportunities to extend our services. Teresa Midthun, Executive Director of the Oakwood Foundation wrote “Your work closely aligns with our mission to support the highest level of independence for a diverse community of older adults and we are happy to invest in RSVP of Dane County.”