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.
To learn more about the driver experience and the connections they make with passengers, view our Buzzed Into Madison interview with Bob and Karen Downing.
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 Mary Schmelzer at 608-441-7896 or email .
- You may also contact Steve Jaeschke at 608-441-7892 or email . Or, call the RSVP general number at 608-238-7787.
- 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.
The Road Ahead - RSVP's New Driver Services eNewsletter
Now you can keep up to date with happenings in the Driver Services Program.
Click here to access the most recent copy of The Road Ahead.