Transportation Update 3/25/2020
Ryan Eykholt, Dane County TimeBank Transportation Coordinator
Our mission in the Transportation Program is to address community needs and provide transportation for under-served and under-resourced populations in Madison. These needs are continuing and increasing amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Both pre-existing gaps in the transportation infrastructure and the COVID-19 outbreak make many communities especially vulnerable in these times. At the TimeBank, we recognize that past crisis responses have not done enough to keep everyone safe and have caused significant harm for black people in the United States. In addition, nonprofits with white leadership, such as the TimeBank, have often had significant oversight on the needs of the black community and have demonstrated a lack of action against structural racist violence. I am committing to staying educated and accountable to furthering the TimeBank’s mission for an anti-racist crisis response, and coordinating our transportation network and resources in order to prioritize the needs of people of color, seniors, people with disabilities, individuals who live on low incomes, and people who experience homelessness.
With the new Stay-At-Home order and ever-changing guidelines, we are adapting our process and setting new priorities based on new guidelines and needs. Our main concern with coordinating rides is to make sure drivers and riders are safe, and to minimize the risk of exposure as much as possible.
At the moment, we will be focusing on rides to pick up and drop off groceries, food, essential supplies, and medication. The Stay-At-Home order allows for “travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons” and to make trips for essential goods. We want to make sure our drivers can practice social distancing (having at least 6 feet distance) while still delivering essential resources for people in need. We will not be able to safely provide rides for people to dialysis or other medical appointments at this time, out of concern for the health of the riders.
We are recruiting drivers to deliver food and supplies. We are looking for any support we can get, and are hoping to develop a schedule of drivers who can be on call. You can go to 'My Account' on the Dane County TimeBank site. Under “Opportunities”, press “I’m interested in becoming an approved driver”. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for a driver application and share your availability for a Zoom or phone call orientation.
If you are unable to travel to the grocery store or have food/supplies/medication delivered to your home through other means, please reach out to email@example.com or call 608-561-2194. We will do our best to connect you with a driver in a timely manner.
Thank you. Stay safe everyone.