Volunteers needed to transport Tri-Cities area cancer patients


The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers.

The organization’s Road To Recovery program is looking for drivers to volunteer to transport patients to chemo treatments or other appointments. The program is several years old, but the number of driver volunteers has decreased over the last few years.

“Our volunteer base have gotten older and maybe a little more difficult time driving and our need has grown.  We’ve got a lot more people that are needing to get to and from treatments, and that is one of our biggest things,”, American Cancer Society Community Development Manager Jessica Poff said, “Our area is having a lot more people needing rides, and right now, in the immediate Tri-Cities, we only have 2 drivers. So we need a lot more drivers for the immediate Tri-Cities. We also need drivers in all of the surrounding counties as well.”

Drivers must be insured and have a valid driver’s license. This is a curb to curb service: pick them up, drive them to the appointment, and then home again. If it is going to be a long appointment, a different driver may take them back home.

“The volunteer drivers are supported by us through training, we do background checks so it is safe for both the drivers and the people needing the rides,” Poff added. “And then we also provide insurance that assists the drivers with their insurance as well.”

This program works great for college students, part-time workers or those that are retired. You can go to cancer.org/drive or call 1-800-227-2345 for more info or reach out to a ACS volunteer or Relay for Life volunteer for more info.

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