Transportation Update COVID-19

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Posted: March 18, 2020

Through our Transportation Project, we address community needs and provide transportation for under-served or resource-challenged populations, such as seniors, people with disabilities, and individuals who live on low incomes. TimeBank members have the opportunity to help neighbors get to medical appointments, restorative justice circles, grocery stores, food pantries, after-school activities, and other resources. These needs are continuing and increasing amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. We are staying up to date on CDC guidelines, only prioritizing essential trips, and making sure drivers and riders are safe (see Safety Protocol below). Our priority is to make sure we have enough drivers to help people get to their dialysis appointments, and we hope to explore ways of supporting other mutual aid efforts to deliver food and supplies to people who can’t leave their homes. People who need a ride can reach out to the Dane County TimeBank, and then we will connect them with an available driver who will be a good match for their needs. This works best when it is planned in advance. We are looking to expand our pool of approved drivers to best accommodate ride requests. We are looking for any support we can get. People can sign up to drive people for weekly appointments, or you can make occasional or monthly rides, whichever fits your schedule best. We also want to increase our pool of backup drivers in the case that the main driver is unable to make a trip that day. TimeBank drivers gain TimeBank hours for every ride that you provide. Plus, for every 100 miles that you drive giving TimeBank rides, you will receive a $25 Visa gift card. If you are already a TimeBank-approved driver and want to get involved, please email transportation@danecountytimebank.org with your availability, and whether you are interested in helping people get to their appointments and/or help with people getting groceries and other supplies. If you or someone you know is not yet a TimeBank-approved driver but wants to get involved, email transportation@danecountytimebank.org for a driver application and share your availability for a Zoom or phone call orientation. When we coordinate our resources together, we can meet people’s needs and help people get through hard times. We would love as many people who are able to get involved in our Transportation Program and help solve transportation challenges in the community. Thank you.