Volunteers are the heart of the program, without them a number of individuals in our community would not be able to attend their medical appointments and treatments.  For many friendships are formed and both the patient and driver benefit from the others company.  

 

 

 

 

Wheels for Wellness drivers donate their time, vehicle and gas to the program.  Each year as the need for transportation increases the generosity of the drivers does also increasing the number of hours or miles they are volunteering.  

In 2020 the COVID19 pandemic caused many physicians offices to go to tele-health calls or cancelled appointments.  But those patients who attend dialysis, chemotherapy or radiation don't have that option.  Treatments can't wait.   

Even with the decrease due to the pandemic, this amazing group of volunteers provided 1,380 transports driving 33,931.5 miles.  These numbers represent about half of what is provided and driven in a typical year.

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Volunteering

Make Your Mark

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Volunteer Driver!

If you are not familiar with Wheels for Wellness it is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free transportation to medical appointments and treatment for those without other means of transportation.  Many transports are to dialysis, chemotherapy and radiation in addition to doctors’ appointments. 

The program is a managed by two part-time staff, an Executive Director and a Scheduler.  The service is provided by a fleet of generous volunteers.  Drivers are credentialed through Valley Health Volunteer Services after completion of a one-day orientation.  The orientation includes a DMV background search and TB test. 

WFW volunteers use their own vehicles to transport clients.  Personal liability and secondary auto insurance coverage is provided by WFW but we also require that volunteers carry their own auto insurance. 

There is no required driving.  Volunteers may sign up for transports that work with their personal or work schedules.  Should a conflict arise after a volunteer has committed to a transport, we ask that our office be alerted promptly so we may make alternate arrangements for the client.  Transports are scheduled two weeks in advance.

WFW provides pertinent information for each transport.  We ask that volunteers contact clients in advance to confirm transports and that volunteers be prompt for pick-up.  We also ask that client information be kept confidential.  All clients are ambulatory, so any assistance needed should be minimal.  We ask that volunteers convey to WFW any concern regarding a client, particularly if a client’s mobility becomes impaired.

Inclement weather policy is on a case-by case basis, as transports vary.  No volunteer however, will be asked to drive in conditions in which they are not comfortable.    

Volunteers are asked to submit time and mileage monthly for all their transports. 

A Valley Health credential affords discounts from selected area retailers, VH cafeterias and coffee shops, as well as free flu shots and educational opportunities.  Annually, WFW volunteers will be recognized at WMC and WFW events.     

Interested in joining this team?  Click here for a Volunteer application.

Our 2020 Volunteer Heroes:
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Stickley, Becky                      6,746.5

Ahern, John                          4,078.0

Marino, John                        4,062.0

Gervasoni, Richard               2,639.0

Garcia, Mike                         2,216.0

Lamanna, Ann                      1,909.5

Ritenour, Cois                       1,433.5

DeGroot, Kim                       1,431.0

Buehler, Mary                       1,128.5

Toth, Andy                            1,062.0

Morith, Roko                        1,053.0

Ritchie, Rex                              980.0

Rogers, Jack                            828.0

Fieo, Richard                           759.0

Yereb, Kathy                            583.0

Wooley, Dan                           549.0

Johnson, Michael                   466.5

Davison, Thomas                    310.0

Rosenquist, Karen                   220.0

Jones, Bob                              212.0

Leeper, Mavourneen              177.0

Puglisi, Chuck                          170.0

Grayson, Jo                             145.0

Delia, Joe                                130.0

Chrisman, Martha                   126.0

Shipp, Karen                            117.0

VanNess, Dan                          115.0

Burner, Richard                          90.0

Killingbeck, Vickie                     90.0

Melkerson, Eric                         40.0

Kempf, George                         22.0

Selzer, Rosslyn                           18.0

Neff, Sally                                  17.0

Bender, Deborah                        8.0

                                                 33,931.5

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Some volunteers go above and beyond the call to duty, these individuals are our

             Lifetime Achievers

Those recognized below have driven 10,000 miles

or more for the program

* the numbers below indicate total mileage from January 2000 or first date of service through December 2020

Mary Buehler   47,478

John Zimet   42,400   

Mike Morrison   39,461

Rex Ritchie   29,760

Richard Gervasoni   24,476

Jack Rogers   20,890

John Ahern   16,680

Becky Stickley   14,468

Ann Lamanna   14,058

John Marino   13,382

Mike Garcia   13,317

Steve Chance   12,792

Kim DeGroot   12,274

Eric Melkerson   11,800

Roko Morith   10,880

Bill Lawrence   10,502

   

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