Volunteer drivers needed to help get people out of the house

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- Douglas Rides, an organization that helps people get around town, is looking for some volunteers.

For some, those volunteers keep people from being imprisoned in their own homes.

Without Ursula Kosling, Harris Jensen and Iola Surgeon wouldn't be able to get to the senior center. "I don't have any other way of going," Iola said. "It's too long of a trip to walk."

Some of the people KPIC News spoke with rely on this service, and say they depend on it for a number of reasons, from going to the doctor to picking up a bag of groceries."

Officials with the program say volunteers are always needed. "Here in Sutherlin, we have the SKP Park where snowbirds come," said coordinator Donita Walker. "They'll volunteer while they're living here and go south for the winter, so we're short again."

Without the volunteer drivers, Walker says there wouldn't be anyone to pick up people who otherwise would not have a ride.

She says most of the people who depend on the program are older adults and people with disabilities.