Rides to medical, services

The Volunteer Driver Transportation Program is a community based, volunteer program which provides rides to medical and social service appointments to people 60 and over from the West County areas

It was developed by the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, in collaboration with the Russian River Senior Resource Center in response to the identified, unmet transportation needs of our senior communities. The Volunteer Driver Transportation Program is presented in partnership with the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging.

Our trained volunteer drivers are community members who donate their time and gas so our neighbors can meet their health care needs.

Do you want to be outdoors
Do you want to be outdoors, help your neighbors and feel good? Join our Volunteer Driver Transportation Program and see the county in the comfort of your own car! Your interest in volunteering to drive our neighbors to much needed medical appointments is vital in keeping our seniors healthy and involved in our community. Please e-mail or call the Transportation Coordinator to find out how you can become a member of this exciting team of volunteers.

Need a ride?
If you are 60 and over, live in the West County and need help getting to medical and social service appointments, call our Volunteer Driver Transportation Program five business days in advance of your appointment and we'll do our best to get you where you need to go.

For More Information Contact
Dean Brittingham  Dean Brittingham
Transportation Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Senior Center give rides?
Yes, to people 60 and over who live in the West County. We work in partnership with the Russian River Senior Resource Center in Guerneville.

Where will you take me?
Volunteer Drivers provide rides for medical, social service appointments, and shopping needs.

How much does it cost?
There is no fee for our service. We have a grant from the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging for this program.

How far will you drive?
In general, our Volunteer Drivers take people to Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Guerneville area appointments.

Can I call anytime?
We ask for a five working day notice to schedule a ride. Please do try us though at anytime in case there is a Volunteer Driver available.

What days do your Volunteer Drivers work?
We schedule rides Monday through Friday, generally between the hours of 9 am to 4:30 pm.

What about weekends?
We are planning on extending to some weekend hours in the future.

Are the Volunteer Drivers screened?
Yes, we do reference checks, obtain Department of Motor Vehicle driver reports, and fingerprints. All Volunteer Drivers attend a two and a half hour Orientation and Training session.

How do I sign up for a ride?
Call Dean Brittingham, Transportation Coordinator at 707.829.2440 if you have a need for a ride, or to find out more about the program.

How can I become a Volunteer Driver?
We always welcome new Volunteer Drivers to our program. Some people drive weekly, others every other week. Any time you can offer helps someone get where they need to go!


Driving Safety Warning Signs

The driving behaviors listed below could cause safety problems. They are ranked from minor to serious. Many of the less serious issues may be overcome with changes in driving behavior or physical fitness, while the more serious behaviors may require your immediate action. Since driving ability seldom changes drastically in a short time, you should be able to track changes over time to get a clear picture of overall driving safety.

Here’s how to use this list.

  • Observe driving over time, keeping notes to help you understand changes in driving ability.
  • Look for a pattern of warning signs and for an increase in the frequency of occurrence.

Driving Behavior Warning Signs ― When Noticed, How Often

  • Decrease in confidence while driving.
  • Difficulty turning to see when backing up.
  • Riding the brake.
  • Easily distracted while driving.
  • Other drivers often honk horns.
  • Incorrect signaling.
  • Parking inappropriately.
  • Hitting curbs.
  • Scrapes or dents on the car, mailbox, garage.
  • Increased agitation or irritation when driving.
  • Failure to notice important activity on the side of the road.
  • Failure to notice traffic signs.
  • Trouble navigating turns.
  • Driving at inappropriate speeds.
  • Not anticipating potential dangerous situations.
  • Uses a copilot.
  • Bad judgment on making left-hand turns.
  • Near misses.
  • Delayed response to unexpected situations.
  • Moving into the wrong lane.
  • Difficulty maintaining lane position.
  • Confusion at exits.
  • Ticketed moving violations or warnings.
  • Getting lost in familiar places.
  • Car Accident.
  • Failure to stop at stop sign or red light.
  • Confusing the gas and brake pedals
  • Stopping in traffic for no apparent reason.
  • Other signs: