Rides Coordinator Volunteer Description

VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTION: Cumberland Area Rides Coordinator

Agency/Organization: Aging in Place Cumberland
Address: 290 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, ME 04021, Collaborating with Congregational Church in Cumberland, 282 Main St., Cumberland

Organization’s mission: To ensure that older residents of Cumberland can remain independent and living in their own homes as long as possible; to prevent social isolation of older residents.

Specific tasks volunteer(s) will perform: Coordinates rides program, assigns rides to volunteer drivers, answers incoming phone calls (on phone provided by AIP), returns voicemails, confirms appointments for cognitively impaired riders, and calls riders when rides cannot be fulfilled. Also registers new riders and records their information, sends out frequent emails to volunteers advising them of ride requests and then matches drivers to ride requests via email. Records rides given, who drives, and where the rides take place. In addition, the ride coordinator works closely with the CAR co-coordinator, the AIP Committee, and the Cumberland Congregational Church.

Qualifications, experience, and skills needed  by volunteers: Ability to manage volunteers, organizational expertise, communications skills, computer skills

Location where volunteer(s) will serve: Can work from home

When will volunteer(s) serve: Flexible depending on need for rides

Length of commitment expected of volunteer(s): one year minimum

Assignment is  X_ongoing   or  _  short-term

Benefits or considerations offered volunteer(s). Satisfaction of helping older residents with their transportation needs, connecting them to the larger community, arranging rides to medical appointments, and enabling them to socialize.

Opportunity to use your skills to help others.

Chance to meet interesting people.

Person responsible for volunteer time sheet: Volunteer (and volunteer drivers) will submit time report online.

Time commitment: Currently, the coordinator assigns 10 to 15 rides per week, requiring an estimated 5-8 hours per week.

Contacts: Ride Co-coordinator Suzie McCormack, who registers volunteer drivers and collects needed information; AIP coordinator Susan Gold, 207-558-9133; the Rev. Diane Bennekamper, Congregational Church in Cumberland, 207-829-3419.