Everyday, thousands of cancer patients need to commute to treatment, but some may not be able to; recent U.S. fuel prices as high as $4.44 per gallon are worsening the situation. The Road to Recovery® program provides cancer patients, with transportation to and from treatment. The recruitment of volunteers for this life-saving service, especially in the context of the current economical conditions, is crucial for the well-being of cancer patients.
Volunteers can help with the Road to Recovery program by serving as drivers or coordinators. Volunteer drivers donate not just their time and resources to take patients to and from treatment, but also provide encouragement and support. In addition to having a valid driver’s license for the state in which they live, drivers must also have a safe, reliable vehicle, and proof of automobile insurance. It is also essential for volunteer drivers to have a good driving history and be in good health.
Driver coordinators help schedule transportation. Coordinators can work whenever it is convenient for them, one day a week, during the evening, or weekends. All it takes is as little as four hours a week of your time, organization, and communication skills to make a major impact on the well-being of cancer patients in the San Saba County communities.
To learn about volunteer opportunities in your area with the Road to Recovery program, call 1-800-ACS-2345. Volunteer applications and training for San Saba County can be arranged with Velma Perez, Health Initiatives Community Manager of the American Cancer Society High Plains Division, at 512-919-1864.
The American Cancer Society is the nation-wide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.