Medical Transportation and Volunteer Services
Private rides for medical appointments and essential errands
I’m Susan. I’m deaf, my sight is failing, and I can’t drive anymore. We get rides from ISR’s Medical Transportation program to essential medical appointments. Because of this, we don’t have to move into the city and lose our home. On the last trip, my husband told the driver, “We couldn’t do this without you.” The driver smiled and answered, “I know,” that’s why I do it. I believe in helping now while I can. Someday, I’ll need someone to drive me.”
Do you need help with transportation or essential errands?
We support the independence, dignity, and health of older adults and adults with disabilities.
Reach out to us. We are here to help!
Our volunteers provide medical transportation from Island County to the following counties – King, Snohomish, Whatcom and Skagit. We also provide assistance with essential errands (grocery, pharmacy, post office and bank), and yard work. All services are provided based on volunteer availability.
- We cannot transport wheelchairs
- One person may accompany you, however we must be informed in advance
- All passengers and drivers must wear masks
- All services are provided based on volunteer availability
Do I qualify for these services?
You qualify if you are age 60+, or 18-59 and disabled.
What are the costs?
In lieu of a fee, a suggested donation of $0.464 cents per mile, or whatever you can contribute is appreciated, however no one is turned away for inability to donate. Client pays for parking and ferry passes.
What region do you serve?
We provide transportation to/from Island, King, Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties.
Can you transport wheelchairs?
Do you go off Island?
Yes, to all surrounding communities such as King County, Whatcom County, Snohomish County, and of course Island County including Whidbey Island and Camano Island.
If I am using medical transportation services, can a family member, friend, medical attendant, or caregiver join me?
You may have one person accompany you, however we must be informed in advance of this need.
“I’m Susan. I’m totally deaf and have been for 20 years. I’m 62 and active. My husband is also active. We walk, swim, and dance. I love swaying in his arms. My sight is failing rapidly and I can’t drive anymore. I used to drive him to the regular medical appointments he needs but now I can’t. We needed help. Recently, we found the Medical Transportation program at ISR and now volunteer drivers take us. Because of them, we don’t have to move into the city and lose our home. On the last trip, my husband told the driver, “We couldn’t do this without you.” The driver smiled and answered, “I know, that’s why I do it. I believe in helping now while I can. Someday, I’ll need someone to drive me.”
From some of our volunteers
Interesting, thoughtful, and kind people
“I get a chance to meet some interesting, thoughtful, and kind people. Sometimes just a passing phrase or statement from a client means so much. It is so rewarding to be able to share time with these folks and drive them to their appointments. Easy! Keep your eyes on the road. “
I receive lots of...
“I receive lots of accolades from so many people for doing what I do volunteering. It embarrasses me a bit because all I can think is: am I not just doing the same thing that everyone else is doing to support their community? I try to reconcile my embarrassment by recognizing that I might be helping more of my community because I volunteer with organizations like Island Senior Resource and Good Cheer.”