As the volunteer driver coordinator for Gold Country Telecare, I am honored to write about our volunteer drivers. At this time, Gold Country Telecare has four wonderful volunteer drivers. Bruce Deane has been driving with us for about six months, Brian McCombs for two years and Dorothea McCalister and Donna Moberly have been with us for an astounding 15 and a half years!
We usually receive about 15 volunteer rides in a month. Our volunteers are with the clients from the time they arrive at the clients’ homes to the time they take them back home. This can be from two hours up to nine hours depending on each situation. When the drivers take on the task, they do it with so much dedication and heart. I have been told, and I quote, “I could not have recovered without the help of your drivers taking me to my doctor appointment.” Other quotes include, “Sometimes I make up rides just to spend time with your volunteer drivers”; “I always have such a great time when your drivers take me to my appointments”; “I would have never been able to spend time with my husband during his recovery at the hospital. Today we celebrated our 36th anniversary, thanks to the volunteer drivers who took me daily to see him”; “I always feel so safe with the volunteer drivers”; and, “Your drivers are always so helpful and friendly.”
Some of the clients would have their favorite driver, at least until the next volunteer driver comes to take them. Then they call me and tell me how much they enjoyed the new driver. The next time they call they say, “Whoever you have is great. I love them all!”
Our volunteer drivers are a very valuable part of Gold Country Telecare. They have taken clients to visit family members in the hospital, radiation treatments, doctor appointments, the Sacramento Airport, hair appointments, lunches to visit longtime military friends and so much more.
They are the helping hands, listening ear, warm heart, bright smile and shoulder to lean on that many clients do not have in their lives. Gold Country Telecare’s volunteer driver program helps our clients be independent and self-reliant. If it were not for these caring volunteers, many of these people would have nobody at all. They are a hidden treasure and Gold Country Telecare is truly blessed to have Donna, Dorothea, Brian and Bruce as part of our team — family.
Thank you for always bringing warm smiles and hugs to our clients and office staff. You’re the best of the best in our eyes. We have so much appreciation for you and all you do for Gold Country Telecare.
Sue Hinman is the volunteer driver coordinator for Gold Country Telecare’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.
(Our drivers) are the helping hands, listening ear, warm heart, bright smile and shoulder to lean on that many clients do not have in their lives.