Space Coast Area Transit Volunteers In Motion’s Program Praised for Innovation
By Space Coast Daily // May 1, 2021
Volunteers in Motion has assisted thousands of individuals who would otherwise be unable to live at home independently
Imagine the ideal volunteer experience… then dream of one that is so personally rewarding you’ll be inspired to sign up today!
Volunteers in Motion provides transportation for individuals who are unable to use other Space Coast Area Transit services. The program offers transportation to locations such as medical facilities, pharmacies and grocery stores.
Since its inception, Volunteers in Motion has assisted thousands of individuals who would otherwise be unable to live at home independently.
Program volunteers are provided training classes, state-of-the-art vehicles, gas and insurance, uniform shirts and cell phones during volunteer hours. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for program volunteers.
According to Volunteer Jim Shanteau, “My wife Cinda and I evaluated multiple volunteer opportunities so that we could invest our time in something that provided the maximum value. We saw just how much this program was needed, and the fact that the County provided the vehicles and covered the liability aspect helped seal the deal. But the bottom line is, we really enjoy helping people. And that’s what it’s all about; people helping people.”
This innovative program is supported by an amazing group of volunteers who serve because they care. Unfortunately, the demand for services is higher than what the current program can support. A few hours of your support once or twice a week (or more) can make an incredible difference.
The program operates on weekdays, Monday through Friday. If you enjoy working with people of all ages and making a difference in their life, this is a great volunteer position for you! Volunteer Roger Widmann said, “I decided to volunteer for the program for my own therapy.
I found doing good for other people helped me stop thinking about my own problems. Volunteering time and efforts toward an organization that is helping somebody less fortunate than you is time very well spent. Serving others has helped make me a well-rounded person.
Volunteer Positions include Vehicle Operators who transport clients throughout Brevard county; drop off and pick up clients at medical facilities, transport wheelchairs and walkers; help clients with shopping and grocery bags; and drop off and pick up prescriptions.
Driving a new van, you’ll pick-up/drop-off those with limited mobility, assist them with shopping, or possibly go with them to a medical appointment. For many, it’s their only form of transportation. With little time and effort, you are their ticket to independence. Office Support Staff are also needed to answer phones, file, and perform data entry functions.
“We volunteer once a week and have a wonderful time. The clients are all so appreciative, they just love us! When we come home we feel so good, it’s like the best day of our life. It’s nothing monetary; it’s just a heartfelt thing. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll need someone and they’ll be there for us,” said Volunteer Katie Smeltzer.
Will you step up and be their hero? All support is welcome and appreciated. When joining Volunteers In Motion, you’ll receive instant gratification when you see the expression of joy on the face of every single person you meet. To find out more, call 321-635-7999 or email info@321Transit.com.