Volunteer to Help Dialysis Patients

My name is Pam Monahan, and I’m the Volunteer Outreach Specialist with Ride Connection, a nonprofit connecting older adults and people with disabilities with responsive, accessible transportation options. We also run GroveLink, the hop-on, hop-off buses that run around Forest Grove (and past Pacific University). This short video on our home page will give you a feel for who we are, what we do, and why we do it: https://rideconnection.org/

We’ll be partnering with the Raines Dialysis Clinic in Forest Grove, to learn how to best address these transportation needs in a more rural community.  For a lot of folks, missing dialysis even once allows toxins to build up in their bodies, and can land them in the hospital.  We want to find ways to help make the transportation piece easier so that people can get the treatment they need.

We’re looking for Volunteer Drivers (with at least five years of driving experience and a good driving record) with an hour per week to spare, to help us take people to and from dialysis.  People can use their own vehicle or one of ours, and be reimbursed for mileage if they’d like.

I would also love to meet with students who are interested in helping us with outreach.  I want to get our Volunteer recruitment postcards everywhere in Forest Grove – coffee shops, restaurants, the library, stores, pubs, hair salons, yoga studios, bookstores, and anywhere else people gather – to make the community aware of the need.  This is a flexible volunteer opportunity that a person can do anytime that’s convenient for them.

If you have members who enjoy photography and writing, we are also looking for people to ride along with Ride Connection customers and capture their stories to share with prospective Volunteers, donors, and customers.

Here’s my contact info and a brief video, featuring some of our friends/customers talking about what having reliable, friendly transportation to dialysis means to them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzbuG4F78kk

Pam Monahan: pmonahan@rideconnection.org

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