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“Joy Riding” With Island Connections
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Would you like to increase the joy in your life? Come to the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for coffee, pastry and to learn more about “Joy Riding,” or how to become a volunteer driver with Island Connections.
Island Connections is a nonprofit organization located in Bar Harbor that has been providing free transportation for seniors and people with disabilities on Mount Desert Island and the surrounding islands for over 21 years. Volunteer drivers take people to medical appointments, cancer and dialysis treatments, outpatient surgeries, grocery shopping and/or food pantry visits and to meet other basic needs. The people who sign up for rides are very appreciative of the service and the “joyful” rides that are provided, enjoying interactions with the warm and caring drivers ranging from basic exchanges of pleasantries, updates on the weather, to discussions about current affairs or family life.
All rides are given with complete confidentiality and each person’s dignity is respected. The experience is a win/win for the neighbor and their family as well as for the volunteer, who has been given the opportunity to give back not only to their community, but to individuals wishing to continue living independently in their homes. The need for volunteer drivers is at a critical point, with the request for rides outpacing volunteer recruitment. No pre-registration is needed for this event, just come to the library to learn more. And bring a friend!
If you have questions or to find out more about Island Connections and becoming a volunteer driver, please contact Dana Mastroianni at Island Connections by phone at 288-4457, via email at email@example.com or visit www.islandconnections.org.
For more information about this event, call the library at 244-7065 or visit www.swhplibrary.org.