Drive to make a difference

by Cecilia Naismith

If you love to drive and have a few hours to spare once or twice a week, Community Care Northumberland can show you how you can make a difference.

The agency has clients throughout Northumberland who require transportation to medical appointments and to social and recreational activities – and they are hoping to recruit reliable, caring volunteers who can make it happen.

This might mean taking someone to a medical appointment with an out-of-town specialist, or perhaps just to an appointment at the local hair salon or a grocery-shopping trip.

The volunteer drivers who make this service possible are a welcome supplement to friends and family members who help those who, for whatever reason, cannot drive.

The commitment of the volunteer involves picking up a client, dropping him or her off at an appointment or activity, and later picking up the client and getting him or her home. Volunteer drivers receive some reimbursement to help offset the cost of gas, paid directly to them by the client.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Community Care at any one of its seven offices throughout the county – Brighton (613-475-4190), Campbellford (705-653-1411), Colborne (905-355-2989), Cobourg (905-372-7356), Hastings (705-696-3891), Port Hope (905-885-9860) or Warkworth (705-875-7654).

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