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Wednesday March 11th, 2015

Posted at 10:00am

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The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society is looking for volunteer drivers to aid a multitude of agency programs as well as transportation within the community for counselling, medical, school, and court appointments.

The Society’s Family Visitation Program is exceptionally large and is heavily supported by the Transportation Program which includes between 130 to 140 active volunteer drivers who bring children in foster care to and from access visits at the agency’s Muzzatti Family Centre, Leamington office, and within the community.

Ann Horan has been a volunteer driver for the Society for 17 years. When her neighbour asked “When are you going to retire from driving?” she replied “When I get into the car and I feel like I don’t want to do this anymore – and that hasn’t happened yet!”

Each month volunteer drivers fulfilled approximately 6,000 total drive requests for all programs. This translates into approximately 300 drives per day or over 2 million kilometers annually.

“We currently have an immediate need for volunteer drivers who are available during critical times of the day, including weekends,” says the CAS’ Tina Gatt. “Volunteer drivers are needed for after school pick-ups and to assist with transportation throughout the evening for family access visitors, counselling and enrichment programs.”

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer driver with the Society you’re asked to contact the office at 519-252-1171 ext. 1262. All individuals who are interested in volunteering will be screened and interviewed. Compensation is provided for a portion of travel expenses.

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