Drive a Senior



Amplify Day Goal: $80,000.00



Organizational Overview

Name
Drive a Senior
IRS EIN
46-5204159
Website
www.driveasenior.org
Email
network@driveasenior.org
Phone
512-456-8262
Address
300 S Lamar Blvd. Ste D-109 #435
Austin, 78704
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Mission Statement

The Drive a Senior Network consists of 6 local Drive a Senior non-profit agencies that provide free transporatation and support services to older adults in the greater Austin Metropolitan area.


We are the oldest, largest, and most reliable provider of free transportation for seniors in the greater Austin area. Our programs depend on our dedicated and caring volunteers. To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, visit: http://www.volunteerdriving.com/volunteer/

As the demand for our services grows, we seek to meet the need by accepting new clients and new service areas. Become a volunteer today to help even more of our neighbors!

Impact Statement

Austin has the fastest growing population of people aged 55-64, and the second fastest growing population of 65+ in the country. As our population booms, our city's transportation infrastructure faces many obstacles. Your senior neighbor may be making the choice to skip a meal or medical appointment for the simple lack of a ride.

Transportation is the link to support services. In 2016, Drive a Senior volunteers provided over 36,000 rides, driving more than 392,000 miles and providing 40,000 service hours to seniors in the Greater Austin area.

Drive a Senior seeks to enhance a healthy quality of life for older adults by providing transportation, minor home repairs, and friendly visits.

Aging brings many changes: retirement; loss of vision, hearing, and mobility; death of friends, family or a spouse. The transportation Drive a Senior provides is not just about the destination, but the journey. The relationships built between volunteers and older adults contribute to the well being of seniors, who have fewer opportunities for social interaction as they age.

Your support means a neighbor's independence and ability to enjoy HEALTHY AGING IN PLACE.


Needs Statement

Funding will expand our volunteer transportation services to more seniors in the greater Austin Metropolitan area. Funds will be used for transportation coordination, volunteer recruitment and training and van program expenses. With YOUR help, we can support more of the people who built the community we are enjoying today. Give back by providing more rides!

"Bless all of you who do so much for me! Nothing goes unnoticed! Love to all of you." Norma

"Thanks for all you do to help this home bound senior get out, I feel very blessed to know I can get to my doctors and to the grocery store weekly. Thanks for the Angels of Drive a Senior." Sue

"When I drive a senior it's a good day. Helping someone stay independent is important, but what I value the most are the caring connections." Andrew

"It feels like I'm helping somebody's mother or grandmother. I honestly think I'm receiving more than I give." Natalie

"I couldn't have had these (lumbar spine) injections without everyone who worked to get me a ride to and from the procedure ... Once again, I found the volunteer drivers, David and Ginna, to be both accommodating to my needs and delightful to be with." Karen

"The drives are fun for me because everyone I have driven is so unbelievably nice, interesting and appreciative.... all of the clients have very interesting stories, have lived full lives and love to share their experiences." Tracy
Volunteer drivers serve seniors enabling healthy aging in their homes when they no longer drive.
Amount: $St. David's Foundation Grant Partner
Sponsored By: St. David's Foundation

St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2017 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis.

Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.



Drive a Senior Southwest

by Drive a Senior Southwest

Healthy Aging In Place is what Drive a Senior Southwest is all about. For so many seniors, not having transportation means not having adequate access to medical care or food. In Austin, the number of people age 60 and over is growing and expected to double in 10 years, expanding an already significant mobility gap.

With the lack of easy public transit and the high cost of for-profit transportation, the few options many of our senior neighbors face are bleak.

There is a simple solution to this pressing issue; YOU.

Support Southwest Drive a Senior now! Your support will fund free transportation and support services for our senior neighbors.

Every dollar you donate makes a difference. Each ride we offer means more than just food in the pantry, or a medical treatment received- it is a chance for a senior to talk, laugh with a neighbor, to continue a hobby such as painting, maybe even play a round or chess with a peer. Your dollar will fuel a senior neighbor's health, happiness, and wellbeing.

Learn more >
Goal: $12,000.00
$16,409.50

North Central Austin

by Drive a Senior North Central Austin

What would you do if you could no longer drive? How would you get to your doctor or dentist? How would you get to the grocery store or post office?

Drive a Senior - North Central Austin takes pride in providing exceptional, free transportation for seniors in our community. We help seniors can get the assistance they need to feel free and independent. Our services are continually expanding to meet the growing need of seniors in Austin who want to have the choice to age in their homes. Isn't this what you would want? We cannot continue to meet this need without your help!

• Every dollar you donate goes toward helping a senior to age in their home, receive healthcare, share a laugh with a volunteer, and feel the freedom a ride can offer.

• Consider volunteering and warming the heart of someone needing your smile. Send us an email [nc@driveasenior.org] and we'll get you on-board with our fabulous team of volunteers.

Are you up for a challenge? The first $1,000 donated will be AMPED UP! Amplify your amplified donation.

• Each dollar you contribute up to the first $1,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Funds are provided by donors CHALLENGING YOU to match their financial support! The first $1,000 will be amplified again by the St. David's Foundation matching funds. Click on the "DONATE NOW" to make your donation.

• Didn't get here until after the first $1,000 was met? It is all good. Your donation will be matched through St. David's Foundation. Click on the "DONATE NOW" to make your donation.

Schedule your donation NOW! YOU can help meet this challenge! Every donation helps us keep seniors moving!

This online event will continue from now until 6:00 PM on March 3rd. You can make your donation at any time. Donating before the 24-hours of Amplify Austin Day will require a brief account set-up. Donations scheduled in advance will not be charged until March 2nd. YOU can help people like Keith, Ann and others in your community to stay independent and proud! Read what they have to say.

"Thank all of you so much for the years of selfless service you have given to me and other seniors throughout the Austin community. So many times you have been the only way I could -- and still can -- get to my doctor's appointments. I have been able to count on you for years now…." - Keith

"Thank you so much for getting me to the grocery store, my needlepoint class, and my appointments with doctors and dentists. I feel like a queen when you take me all these places. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you." - Ann

Learn more >
Goal: $6,000.00
$5,621.00