Enabling older adults to live independently, avoid social isolation, and age in place by providing free volunteer-based transportation and support services.
Drive A Senior-West Austin has been in operation since 1985 and has birthed 6 "sister" agencies in Austin over the past 35 years. Our mission is to provide FREE transportation services to home-bound isolated seniors: our IMPACT is building meaningful relationships with our aging neighbors. Texas has the fastest growing senior population and also the second youngest population as a state in the country. We have a commitment to bring Austinites of ALL AGES together in an effort to build a strong and giving community through a neighbor-helping-neighbor model.
I have been a volunteer driver with Drive a Senior - West Austin since the late summer of 2009. I usually drive once a week, taking clients to medical, rehabilitation, and beauty appointments. Occasionally I help with grocery shopping.
Through this opportunity, I've met a number of engaging, bright people, learned a lot about Austin's services for seniors, and actively enjoyed a number of clients' company. Most of the people I drive live within three miles of my home, so I feel as if I'm assisting neighbors.
I choose the day and time of each volunteer drive, so the task fits into my schedule easily.
The organization's staff is friendly, helpful, and well-organized.