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MyRide is here

Geraldine Miller gets a helping hand from Johnson County’s MyRide volunteer driver, Robert Wilson. The MyRide program has enjoyed a great start, with more than 30 rides completed since its official launch on Monday, November 5. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

Johnson County’s new MyRide service gets off to a great start,  seeks more volunteers.

By Tamas Mondovics

It is safe to say the volunteer spirit in Mountain City is healthy and alive reaching many corners of the region assisting the young as well as the old many of them dealing daily, with various challenges. One such program, appropriately named MyRide Johnson County, clearly enjoys the support of the community and the spirit of self-sacrifice, care, and kindness.The service has made a considerable difference in the lives of many local senior residents who are calling the new program “God sent.” According to MyRide Johnson County Transportation Coordinator Danae Marshall, riders have all been appreciative, and the volunteer drivers are enjoying the opportunity to serve seniors across the county.

“So far we have 19 seniors that have signed up for the program, and we are proud to say that we now have 21 volunteer drivers,” Marshall said.

Whether riders would like to wander around town and stop in the different shops or visit their favorite restaurant, the program is there to lend a hand. Following the launch of MyRide Johnson County last month, one of the first riders was senior resident Valerie Edes who did not shy away from praising the program and speaking highly of its benefits.

“After my first experience with MyRide, I went home happy and filled with thoughts of planning my next day out,” Edes said in a letter to The Tomahawk last month. “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate Kathy Motsinger for bringing this transportation program to the Johnson County Senior Center. Hiring Danae Marshall has been wonderful as the MyRide Coordinator. She goes above and beyond to help you. The driver was very courteous and helpful with carrying my shopping bags to my doorstep. It was a great experience. What more could one ask for? It was a day not having to do something but doing whatever “floats my boat.” I highly recommend this program – try it, you will like it.”

While the program itself is off to a positive start, Marshall emphasized the need for more volunteer drivers when she said, “Of course, we can always use more.”

All of which, of course, means that the program is working as well as promising a consistent service in 2019. Area residents who are interested in becoming volunteer drivers or those that would like to make good use of the program are asked to please call 423-460-6012. Applications are available for pick up at the Johnson County Senior Center or can be mailed out. Riders must be ambulatory and 60 years or older. Rides are within Johnson County only at this time.