JFS Wins Star Award
JFS Recognized for Volunteer Transportation Program
The National Volunteer Transportation Center (NVTC) recognized JFS’ Brandywine Village Network in their annual Star Awards. The award honors outstanding volunteer transportation programs around the country.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our volunteer drivers,” says Karen Commeret, JFS’ Program Leader for Care Management Services. “They make a big difference in the lives of our older adult members.”
JFS’ Brandywine Village Network and its sister Sussex Village Network helps older adults age in place. With access to professional care management and volunteer assistance, members are able to age safely and with dignity in their own homes and communities.
Last year, volunteers drove members more than 12,000 miles. These rides ensured that older adults reached their doctors, beauty salons, grocery stores, and more.
“If we want to keep everyone safe, we have to step up and help.”
“Many of our members no longer drive because they know it might not be safe for them to be behind the wheel,” says Karen Commeret, JFS’ Program Leader for Care Management Services. “Our volunteer drivers make it possible for them to still get where they need to go and continue independent living.”
“If we want to keep everyone safe, we have to step up and help,” says JFS board member and Village volunteer Emily Nisbet. “I’ve learned that there aren’t great transportation options around here. If you can’t drive and don’t have family in the area, it’s difficult to get anywhere.”
“That’s why JFS is so important,” Emily continues. “We make sure that people who don’t drive anymore can still get where they need to go.”
“It’s a quick and easy way to help out someone in your community,” Karen adds. “Some rides are as fast as 15 minutes – and we are always accepting new volunteer drivers.”
For members like Lillian, age 98, Brandywine Village Network brings peace of mind.
“I don’t want to be a burden to my kids,” she says. “They get home from work and they’re tired. So JFS’s Village Network is a godsend. Everyone is so kind and caring, and I don’t have to worry about how to get around.”
“When you get old, you have enough to worry about,” Lillian adds with a laugh.