Santa Barbara Village


(This is an opportunity to find out more about the program and what is required of Volunteer Drivers)

Thursday, December 15, 2012


@ the Braille Institute, 2031 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara (Map:

Free & ample Parking in the Braille Institute’s lot

RSVPs appreciated by 5pm on Dec 13th to: or 729-5038

Of all the services that help seniors remain independent and able to remain living in their own home as long as possible, transportation is usually at the top of the list.

Santa Barbara Village, a new membership-based nonprofit modeled after other similar and successful programs across the nation, is dedicated to providing a range of resources that help local seniors remain living successfully and independently in their own homes, to “age in place.” The organization is implementing a Volunteer Driver program and seeking volunteers who will play a huge role in achieving its mission and who will also find satisfaction by providing this needed service.

With outstanding input from HELP of Carpinteria, Easy Lift, and involved community members, Santa Barbara Village has planned this exciting service and is now recruiting and training volunteers who are willing to drive local seniors to appointments and for errands such as grocery shopping, doctors’ visits, social activities, etc.

Rides will be within the area from Carpinteria to Goleta, inclusive. Volunteer drivers will use their own cars and insurance, and will be reimbursed $2.50 per ride they give, to cover expenses such as gas and wear and tear on their car.

Volunteer Drivers are expected to:

Attend an Orientation Session

The first one is December 15, 2011, from 1:00 -3:00pm at the Braille Institute (2031 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara

Be able to provide proof of insurance and a DMV report

Have a safe driving record, and a car appropriate for transporting seniors

Have a cell phone, preferably

Be able to commit to at least one of ten regular weekly assigned shifts

Shifts are half-days:

Morning: 8:00am – 12:30pm

Afternoon: 12:30 – 5:00pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

If someone is interested, but cannot commit to a regular weekly shift, Volunteers may also be needed for shorter shifts, or as back-up drivers or floaters to fill in as needed

Anyone interested in finding out more about this opportunity is encouraged to attend the Orientation Session on December 15th, or contact Santa Barbara Village.

TO RSVP OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Dan Wozniak, Santa Barbara Village’s Membership & Volunteer Coordinator, at or (805) 729-5038.

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