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Discover Fauquier April 2018
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VolTran's team of volunteer drivers may be
Fauquier County's best-kept secret: many
residents are not even aware that the free
ride service even exists. The local nonprofit
is hoping to change that in 2018 by reaching
out to churches and civic organizations to add
new drivers and expand its services outside
the Warrenton area.
The organization's
motto is "Helping Our
Community One Ride
at a Time." It serves
residents of Fauquier,
Rappahannock, and
northern Culpeper
Counties but will
take passengers
to Charlottesville,
Manassas, or Fairfax
if a driver is available.
VolTran drivers made nearly 450 round trips
in 2017, helping elderly, disabled, and other
residents with medical appointments and
other critical errands. And 2018 is already
proving to be much busier than 2017, with
more than 150 rides already logged. However,
some ride requests go unfulfilled if a driver is
unavailable.
"The need is out there," says coordinator
Larry Stillwell. "Many people need help with
transportation to stay healthy, and some have
nowhere else to turn. We have to find more
volunteers to meet that need. We're looking
for new drivers who can better serve people
in Marshall, The Plains, Catlett, and Midland,
as well as Rappahannock and Culpeper
Counties."
Larry explains that
VolTran's volunteer
drivers use their own
vehicles and only
drive when and where
they want. Of the
20 drivers currently
on VolTran's team,
some drive often
and others rarely.
"Our drivers love
what they do," Larry
says. "They enjoy meeting and helping
people." He is currently contacting churches
and civic organizations to spread the word
about VolTran's free service and to recruit
new volunteers--especially those living in
underserved areas.
To request a ride with VolTran, call the
FAMS One Call Center at
(540) 422-8424.
To volunteer or learn more, email
voltran.
outreach@gmail.com or visit VolTran.org.
VolTran Seeks Volunteer Drivers
to Expand Services
4th From Left is Larry Stillwell with volunteers
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