When Aging Well in Waldo County began in 2017, a county-wide survey was conducted to assess county assets and needs. The need with the most feedback reported in a data base of over 1000 respondents was on the subject of transportation.
While Midcoast Public Transportation is a huge asset, the services provide are mostly limited to regular business hours. It was clear that Aging Well would need to offer an all-volunteer, neighbor-to-neighbor type of transportation program.
Prior to the pandemic, a transportation committee shaped a plan, which is now called “Gift of a Lift.” Volunteer drivers could register to drive at their convenience; registered drivers would submit their need for a ride. Either by software or by a volunteer, drivers and riders would be matched. The software development was gifted to Aging Well.
The mission of “Gift of a Lift” is to aid communities by matching volunteer drivers with those who do not drive. Rides can be for appointments, shopping, classes, exercise, socializing or volunteering. The “Gift of a Lift” committee is seeking volunteers representing different county regions to recruit and train drivers. For the near future, all meetings will be on Zoom.
Interested persons and town officials can contact Waldo County Commissioner Betty Johnson at email@example.com or 323-3767.