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TRAIL OF LIGHTS 2018

The City of Austin Trail of Lights allows 3 days for private parties of non-profit groups to drive through the annual display and experience the magic of the holiday season.  This year, Drive A Senior as a network had 8 vehicles full of delighted seniors: 2 buses, 3 vans, and 3 personal vehicles.  All of our clients expressed excitement and gratitude for being included in this wonderful event.  One client said, through tears, “I actually feel like I am part of something this year and not just a shut-in.” Another client said, “I haven’t been out and about in the city at night for at least 3 years.”  We are so thankful that we get to share in these magical moments with our dear seniors!

Every year during the holiday season, many seniors remain isolated and alone in their homes. In order to help eliminate social isolation, DaS-West Austin makes sure that every one of our clients receives a home-visit with a package of homemade cookies every December! We want our clients to feel loved and thought of during the Holiday Season.
This is a large undertaking as every client needs to be called to take their cookie order AND to conduct our annual Client Survey. We need at least 10 volunteers to assist with this process which will begin at the end of October. Phone calls are so special to our clients and will only take a couple hours of your time if we reach our 10 person goal.
If you would like to participate in this very meaningful celebration with us, please call the office and let us know, we will give you everything you need when the time comes.
512-472-6339
COFFEE WITH THE DIRECTOR
Please join other volunteers for a casual drop-in coffee and snack mixer. DAS staff and board members appreciate all that you do for our clients and we would like to spend time with you more often.
We would also like to provide opportunities for volunteers to mix and mingle, build friendships, and share stories and ideas about your experiences with clients.
Drop in our office at Tarrytown United Methodist Church the morning of Tues. Dec. 4th from 9-10am. We will provide coffee and light snacks.

GAMES DAY 2018

This year’s Games Day was a total hit!  The DELL Intern Program sent several interns to our West Austin location at Tarrytown United Methodist Church to be table hosts for the games we had set out for clients.  Central Market was generous enough to cover the entire cost of lunch, beverages, and snacks!  A big THANK YOU to both companies for your partnerships in making this event a huge success!

Bill Miller – Making a Difference

KEYE recently did a Making a Difference segment on our very own Bill Miller. He has driven with us since 2007 and has driven over 17,000 miles since then. Thanks to Bill for his time and service to our community. He has also previously been recognized as a “Legend” by Recognize Good. You can check that out here.

Pictured (L-R): Executive Director Martha Stuber, Board Member Bill Miller, Board Member Mike Murphy

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Bounded by the Colorado River to the west and south and Loop 360 and US 183 to the north, this region serves downtown Austin as well as Central Austin, Old West Austin, Hyde Park, Rosedale, Tarrytown, Allandale, Northwest Hills and North Shoal Creek.

WEEKLY VAN SCHEDULE

MON 78751, 78756, 78757, 78758, 78759
HEB (Far West) | Walmart (Northcross)
TUE
WED 78701, 78703, 78705, 78731
HEB (Far West) | Walmart (Northcross)
THU
FRI

Van passengers need to reserve their seats at least three business days in advance by phoning 512.472.6339. All are morning trips.

How you can help ….

SHARE SOME OF YOUR TIME: Even if driving’s not your cup of tea there are a world of ways to help your homebound senior neighbors. Are you good with a wrench? Join our brigade of part- time handymen. Like to visit? Make occasional home visits; they’re always welcome. Like spending time on the phone? Check in with a senior neighbor who’d love a chat? How about helping out in our office part time? Assisting in our next fund-raiser? Passing out flyers? If you have the time, we have the task.

PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Donations make it possible for Drive a Senior to serve our nearby senior citizens and to plan to continue that service  as the needs grow. You can donate to Drive a Senior – West Austin online here. And there lots of other ways a little contribution can turn into a lot of rides, such as:

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Spread that smile around…

Make Drive a Senior – West Austin the recipient of your Amazon Smile program and whenever you make a purchase Amazon sends  us a “finders’ fee.” That way everybody smiles.

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RideShare … and share with us

The next time you venture into Austin, leave the driving to Ride Austin and  ‘Round Up’ for Drive a Senior in the app. We get the difference between your fare and the next whole dollar. Every time.

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Reward us too …

You already save money with your Randall’s Remarkable card. But you can also make money for Drive a Senior with your grocery purchases. Visit the Courtesy Booth at your Randall’s and add our number (below) to associate our cause with your card. Randall’s will send a check  for 1 per cent of all grocery purchases by Remarkable Card holders who add our number. You only need to add the number once. Here’s that number: 7670 

YOUR LOCAL DRIVE A SENIOR

2601 Exposition Blvd.  | Austin, TX 78703
westaustin@driveasenior.org
512-472-6339

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Stephanie Lane

SERVICES COORDINATOR |  Laurie Ehrlich 

TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR |  Beverly MacCarty

SUPPORTING INSTITUTIONS

Congregation Agudas Achim
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
First Presbyterian Church
First United Methodist Church
Highland Park Baptist Church

Hillcrest Baptist Church
Hyde Park Baptist Church
Shalom Austin
NW Hills United Methodist Church
St. David’s Episcopal Church

St. John’s United Methodist Church
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
St. Theresa’s Catholic Church
Tarrytown United Methodist Church
The Sanctuary
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Junior League of Austin
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