Where Volunteers Make a Difference

Give the Gift of Independence

Do you like to drive?  Enjoy meeting people?  Like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference in someone’s life?  Then RSVP’s Driver Services Program could be an ideal volunteer opportunity for you.  As a volunteer driver, you can help older adults in your community remain independent in two important ways.

Rides to Medical Appointments

As an RSVP driver, you’ll provide rides to medical appointments for older adults in Dane County who don’t have access to car, bus, family or friends to transport them. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles and are reimbursed for mileage. The driving schedule is very flexible. You can choose to drive as often as you like and select the days that work best for you. You’ll receive a call when we have a ride request and can accept or decline based on your schedule.

If you are a Veteran, you may especially enjoy the satisfaction and camaraderie of driving a fellow Vet to appointments.  See our Vets Helping Vets page for more information.  

Home-Delivered Meals

In Dane County communities outside of Madison, RSVP works with local senior centers to deliver hot, nutritious meals. This program improves the health and quality of life of older adults and allows them to remain in their homes. Drivers who deliver meals also enjoy flexible scheduling.  

As an RSVP driver in either program you’ll receive:

  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Extra accident and liability insurance coverage
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are helping others

Bus Buddy Coordinators

Many seniors do not use the Madison metro buses because they haven't had the opportunity to learn the bus system. If you are a seasoned bus rider, volunteer to teach someone else how to achieve more independence and mobility by using the bus system to get to senior and community centers, shopping and entertainment.

How to Volunteer

Your gift of time can help an older adult in your community retain his or her independence.

  • If you would like to be a volunteer driver, contact Gene Kundert at 608-441-7896 or 608-238-7787, or email .
  • If you would like to become a Bus Buddy Coordinator, contact Jan Karst at 608-441-7891 or .

Driver Services Brochure

Download a printable copy of the Driver Services Brochure.

 

 

Drivers & Passengers Tell Us

Independence
“If it wasn’t for RSVP, I wouldn’t be able to live in my home.”
- Waunakee Home-delivered Meal Recipient
Friendships
“I will certainly miss the satisfaction of knowing that I made a difference in many people’s lives by getting them to their appointments. I made so many friendships with passengers and will have such great memories.”
- Retired Driver Escort

Seniors

Do you need a ride to a medical appointment?

Do you want to learn to use the bus?

Current Drivers

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