County Launches Online Tool to Help Older Residents Connect with a Volunteer Ride

The county has launched an online tool to help older adult residents connect with volunteer ride providers to help them get to places they need to be when they need to be there, officials announced.

“Mobility and accessibility to transportation options are critical to helping improve the quality of life for our older residents,” County Executive Marc Elrich said in a press release. “This new tool makes it easier for residents to locate organizations providing rides. This service can help them remain more independent and better able to get to important appointments.” 

The tool uses GIS mapping to connect a person’s address with groups like nonprofits and senior villages that can provide volunteer drivers to get people to medical appointments, grocery stores, and similar destinations.

“Keeping older adult residents mobile and able to get what they need to be done underlies the County’s ongoing support of many aging-in-place villages, The Senior Connection, HELP organizations, and others,” according to the release.

The tool is also accessible to people with low or no vision that use screen readers.

Those who have trouble using the tool also can call Connect A-Ride for assistance at 301.738.3252.

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