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Congratulations to RSVP's Bus Buddy Coordinators, Susan Morrison, Heather Johnson, Bruce Verhelst, and Angela Haskin who have received the 2018 United Way Distinguished Service Award.  These dedicated volunteers lead our Bus Buddy Tours and work with seniors individually to help them increase their independence by learning to use the Madison Metro Bus System.

Bus Buddy Coordinator Heather Johnson, who has volunteered with the program since it began four years ago, also received WKOW-TV's Jefferson Award for May, 2018, honoring her outstanding work in the Bus Buddy Program.  Read more about her reward here.

Bus Buddy Tours offer seniors, age 60 and over, an opportunity to learn to navigate the Madison Metro Bus System while enjoying a group tour to a fun Madison location.  The program was designed to help ease the way for those who are not used to using the bus system, while creating a fun group social outing.  Bus Buddy Tours are supported with funding from Dane County Human Services and AAA, and there is no cost to participate in the tours listed below.

Thursday, May 17: Madison Children's Museum
Enjoy a tour and hands-on fun at the Children's Museum followed by lunch in the cafe.

Tuesday, June 19: Wisconsin History Museum
Enjoy the museum exhibits followed by lunch and a free concert on the Capital Square.

Wednesday, July 18: Vitense Golfland
Have fun playing miniature golf followed by a light lunch.                                 

Thursday, August 16: Chazen Museum of Art
Tour the museum followed by lunch on the lake at the UW Memorial Union.

RSVP Bus Buddy Coordinators are also available to work one-on-one with seniors wishing to learn how to use the Madison Metro Bus System.  They will accompany you on your first few bus rides and help you gain a comfort level with traveling by bus.

To join us for any of these trips or for more information, contact Diana Jost at or 608-441-1393 or Jan Karst at or 608-441-7891.

Volunteers Tell Us

Provides Structure to My Days
“Volunteering has put me in touch with people I would not have normally met. Introduced me to others from different cultural backgrounds. Helped provide structure to my days.”
- RSVP Volunteer