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18 01, 2017

Say thanks to Bill Miller – all January

By |2017-03-08T18:14:39+00:00January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bill Miller, a volunteer driver with Drive a Senior West Austin, has been named one of nine “RecognizeGood” Legends for 2016. RecognizeGood is a local nonprofit that highlights ordinary individuals who inspire their community by going to extraordinary lengths in service to others. Nominees are voted on by past Legends, with each new Legend receiving a $1,000 donation to the non-profit of his or her choice.  Each Legend is also entered in the annual “Say Thanks, Austin” campaign, where community members can cast thank-you votes for their favorite selfless servant. The Legend with the most votes receives a $10,000 donation to that favorite non-profit.

The Say Thanks campaign runs from  January 5-30 and voters may vote online, by email, via text message, on social media or with a paper ballot. Anyone may vote once per day, using each voting method, so a truly committed voter could tally 156 votes single-handedly. The voting methods are:

Bill, who retired from the U.S. Air Force, has been driving for Drive a Senior – West Austin since 2007. He has chauffeured 760 trips with senior riders who need a lift because they want to continue living at home but no longer drive themselves. He makes those trips  – to doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies – about four times a week, sometime more than once a day. All told he’s logged more than 17,000 miles for Drive a Senior. Besides his driving duties. “On top of that,” says West Austin Drive A Senior Executive Director Martha Stuber, “Bill is always the first to volunteer to do the minor home repair and yard work that our clients often need.” Once a week he drives veterans to the VA Hospital in Temple.

Bill is an inspiring example of the kind of folks that serve their senior neighbors through Drive a Senior’s volunteer network. Together they provided more than 35,000 rides in 2016 for more than 2,500 active senior passengers. The network expects the need to expand in the years to come and is seeking to add at least 300 new volunteer drivers in 2017.

12 01, 2017

We really love our ‘friends’

By |2017-11-02T00:06:53+00:00January 12th, 2017|elgin|0 Comments

We really love our ‘Friends’

Not too long ago, we began a new program called “Friends of Drive A Senior- Elgin” and we are excited about the great response we received. Drive a Senior depends on grants and donations to sustain our program and, once again, the Elgin community came through for us.

“Friends” are recognized at four different membership levels based on their annual contribution. All “Friends” will receive updates with the latest and greatest happenings from our Elgin region. This includes newsletters, upcoming events and opportunities to participate in making a difference in the lives of our clients. Forming this group has helped us expand our connections with the Elgin community and made it possible to better serve our clients.

For information about becoming a “Friend” please contact our office at 512.281.6065 or elgin@driveasenior.org.

12 01, 2017

Van program keeps local seniors on the move

By |2017-11-02T00:09:03+00:00January 12th, 2017|elgin|0 Comments

Van program keeps local seniors on the move

There’s a new van in town. Thanks to a generous grant from Bluebonnet Electric we were able to purchase a new van, which we use to make group trips for our senior passengers. Most of our van trips are social outings to restaurants, museums, music shows, shopping and grocery stores. This program has been a wonderful addition to our medical transportation, as the friendships made are simply priceless.