By Meg Dickens

Volunteers are the heart and soul of MyRide TN Johnson County. The program provides door-through-door transportation for seniors age 60 and up. Seniors enjoy rides to places such as doctor offices, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, salons, and more. According to Volunteer Coordinator Danae Marshall, MyRide Johnson County currently has 25 volunteer drivers that have traveled a combined 1,064 miles since the program’s start near the end of 2018.

“Working with volunteers has really touched my life,” said Volunteer Coordinator Danae Marshall. “I had no idea that we had so many caring people that give their time freely in this county. I feel truly blessed to work with this great group.”

MyRide TN Johnson County is performing even better than expected. Ride tallies at the end of January fall around 99. This means the program nearly met its yearly goal in only 3 months. MyRide TN Johnson County must have 300 rides in 3 years to retain its grant.

“We are doing great. I’m so pleased with Danae and her dedication to the program,” said Senior Center Director Kathy Motsinger. “She’s definitely been an asset to the Senior Center.”

MyRide TN Johnson County currently has 21 clients and is accepting new clients. Rider and driver applications are available at the Johnson County Senior Center. Call 423-460-6012 for mailing information. All driver applicants must be over 21, pass screening, have a valid TN driver’s license, have a clean driving record and proof of insurance to qualify.

All rider applicants must be mobile either independently or with a cane/walker. Membership costs 25 dollars per year, and individual rides cost an additional 6 dollars for the entire in-county trip. Call the Johnson County Senior Center at 423-727-8883 for more information.