What is Tele-Drive?
The registered charity is a volunteer-based transportation system providing mobility to people in our area. People who use the service pay a fee per ride. The service is designed to improve the quality of life for people with little or no access to affordable transportation.
Everyone is eligible to join, including seniors; non-drivers; co-llege/university students; persons with mobility issues; non-car owners; persons looking to eliminate their second car; residents with low or fixed incomes, senior groups, clubs and societies; the environmentally concerned; and people temporarily without a vehicle.
If access to transportation causes you hardship for any reason, Tele-Drive can help.
How does it work?
Give us a call and we will gladly come and visit with you; we will supply you with the registration form and answer your questions. After that, when you need a ride, call our dispatcher 48 hours in advance. The dispatcher will arrange for a volunteer driver to come to your door, drive you to your destination and take you back home. Tele-Drive travels within Albert County and goes to the Moncton area, as well as the Sussex Hospital and Saint John Regional Hospital. Contact Tele-Drive for special ride requests.
Supporters provide additional funding to help ensure Tele-Drive can serve Albert County well. They are entitled to vote at the annual meeting and receive a tax-deductible receipt.
The contribution rates are:
- Silver: $200-499/yr
- Gold: $500-999/yr
- Platinum: $1000+/ yr
Tele-Drive is looking for volunteer drivers, particularly around Hillsborough.
Even if you can provide just one or two rides a month, Tele-Drive would be delighted to have you join! Drivers volunteer their time but are reimbursed $0.35/km to help with the cost of gas; this begins the minute you leave your driveway.
For information on the service or volunteering, call 875-1190, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Tele-Drive Albert County Facebook page.
Text by Kim Beers (image by Jennifer Shelby)