The Issue: Seniors with Limited Transportation Options
Many seniors are living longer, more productive lives but are forced to give up driving due to poor vision or illness. With limited mobility and lacking public-transportation options, these seniors may not be able to travel to important appointments away from home, such as medical and dental visits.
The Campaign: Supplying Gas Cards to Volunteer Drivers
If 100 people donate $7, then Escorted Transportation Service Northwest (ETS/NW) can provide 50 $14 gas cards to volunteer drivers. Each additional $14 raised will fund another gas card for a driver. ETS/NW's 70 volunteer drivers transport seniors to and from medical appointments in their own vehicles and often receive no reimbursement for gas money. Each driver traveled about 876 miles in 2011 and used more than $171 worth of gas during their service.
Check out more Groupon Grassroots campaigns here.
Escorted Transportation Service Northwest
Fed up with hearing about rude encounters between taxi drivers and the elderly, taxi dispatcher Dan Quiery decided to volunteer time in his retirement to righting these wrongs through Escorted Transportation Service Northwest (ETS/NW). Now the organization's 2011 Volunteer of the Year, according to the Daily Herald, Dan and a team of 70 volunteer drivers at ETS/NW offer both companionship and a vital service as they transport senior citizens to and from medical and dental appointments in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The seniors often have limited transportation options and would not be able to get to their appointments without aid. Though $12 donations are requested for each ride, the drivers chip in their own money to cover the cost of the trip's gas. Still, this does not deter founder Kathy Kasprowicz and her dedicated volunteers—honored with the 2012 STAR Merit Award from The Beverly Foundation—who were proud to have provided 2,453 roundtrip rides throughout the region in 2011 alone.