Since 2009, Volunteer Wheels has provided over 2900 rides for seniors living in White Rock and South Surrey, BC who have no other means of attending to their healthcare appointments.
Many of our clients are unable to drive due to physical or financial limitations. Often times, their medical appointments are too far from where they live making public transportation unviable. Other means, such as taxis are expensive. Many seniors are also living alone – friends are often in similar circumstances and family live far away. The Volunteer Wheels program and the volunteer drivers are here to step in and help improve seniors access to health care.
When seniors use the Volunteer Wheels program, they are able to live more independently, more socially well and in better health.
“To travel by taxi to the Vancouver Eye Clinic would have been a financial hardship. It is a wonderful service and relieves a patient of some of the stress involved in health care. Thank you.”
~ Volunteer Wheels Client
The Volunteer Drivers are an indispensable force of the Volunteer Wheels program. Drivers are often an emotional support for clients who are socially isolated, or may be going through a time of uncertainty and fear of their medical condition. Volunteers will often stay with their client if requested and provide companionship before and after the medical visit. After a visit, the volunteers will ensure the client returns to the car safely, particular if a minor procedure has been completed that may impeded mobility. The client is returned home straight to their front door.
This program may also offer a respite to caregivers who may have their own familiar, health, work, financial or other issues to attend to.
“Knowing there is one place I can depend on is very uplifting. When my driver called me it made me feel special and worthy. That did a whole lot towards helping me feel less so very alone. Thank you.”
~ Volunteer Wheels Client
Please help Sources build social wellness for our community. By donating during the Great Canadian Giving Challenge to our Volunteer Wheels program, you are giving seniors a chance at living longer, more independently and with greater access to essential medical care.
"I first became aware of (transportation) service(s) while I was having chemotherapy myself, after having had surgery for cancer. I was fortunate. I had a family member drive me. I could not have continued with the chemo if I did not have a regular, safe driver. I was very sick after each treatment. A Handi-Dart bus was not an option. After I recovered, I decided to drive other survivors to their doctors or treatments as long as I am able. I started driving for Sources about over two years ago, and I believe even more strongly that there should be such a volunteer service. ~ Volunteer Wheels Driver
Thank you to all our supporters for keeping our community healthy and connected!