Give Rides & Smiles! San Diego Seniors need your help with transportation


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Various Locations Around San DiegoSan Diego, CA 92123

On the Go has given over 150,000 rides to seniors in our San Diego community because of our volunteers. Join the team today and make an impact!


Program: On the Go, a program of Jewish Family Service, offers a variety of transportation options to older adults. The On the Go Rides & Smiles(r) Volunteer Driver provides individual rides for medical appts, shopping needs, visits to a spouse in a nursing home, taking a class, attending religious services & more.

Goal of Position:
Provide safe & reliable transportation to older adults ensuring they remain active, healthy, and connected to their community.

* Helping to enrich the lives of older adults
* Become part of the On the Go family
* Mileage reimbursement & secondary auto insurance provided by JFS
* Attend Volunteer Training & Appreciation events
* Making a difference in someone’s life!

* You decide who, when & where you want to drive
* Accept rides that work best for you using a web-based scheduling system
* Provide a clean, well-maintained vehicle and observe the "rules" of the road
* Provide friendly conversation during transport
* Report any unusual activity or behavior to the coordinator
* Volunteers may not accept tips, simply a heartfelt thank you!

* Be punctual, enjoy driving and meeting new people
* Possess patience and understanding for the older adult population
* Have a strong desire to help open the car doors for older adults in need

1. Must be at least 25 years old
2. Complete a volunteer application at
3. Engage in a phone screening interview with a member of JFS Volunteer Engagement staff
4. Attend a New Volunteer Training session-1 hour
5. Agree to background check, reference check, and privacy & security policy & authorize a DMV record report
6. Provide a copy of driver’s license and current proof of auto insurance

Time Commitment:
Provide at least 2 rides per month

NCI Rides & Smiles(r), Northern SD Rides & Smiles(r), Eastern Rides & Smiles(r)

Immediate Supervisor: Rides & Smiles(r) Coordinator; Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement


  • People Skills
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Elder care

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per month
  • Interested volunteers should complete an online application at

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