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Powerful

Passenger Benefits

Rides are free

Advance scheduling is not necessary

Curbside waiting and missed rides are eliminated

Travel is in comfortable private vehicles

Multiple stops are possible, making travel less arduous

Ability to recruit volunteer drivers that passengers want

Travel destinations can cross boundaries

Any level of service is possible, dependent on the needs and preferences of the passenger

An opportunity for enhanced companionship is provided

 

The TRIP model was designed as a low-cost, low-maintenance, customer driven approach for providing transportation to older adults.  TRIP was the outcome of a collaborative partnership between the Independent Living Partnership, sponsor of TRIP,  the local Area Agency on Aging, and the Riverside County Transportation Commission in California.

TRIP is a volunteer driver service that began providing transportation assistance for seniors and people with disabilities in 1993.  The efficiency and effectiveness of the TRIP Model has been proven in cities, suburban, and rural areas.  So far the Riverside County program has provided over 15.1 million miles of assisted travel and more than a 1.23 million free, escorted trips for 5,000+ passengers with up to 1,000 volunteer drivers each year. 

Services based on the innovative TRIP design result in many benefits for the organization that operates it -
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A TRIP service is quick and inexpensive to start-up

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A TRIP service can be a stand-alone service or it can harmonize with a menu of existing services

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Low-cost, customizable software is available to fully manage and administer the TRIP service

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Because passengers recruit their own volunteers, dispatch costs and headaches are eliminated and the risk of using volunteer drivers is lowered

 

 is sponsored by the nonprofit Independent Living Partnership

 

Attractive to Volunteers

There are no set hours

Volunteers are not "on call"

They "work" for a friend

TRIP service provides an opportunity to build friendships

Satisfies the wish to help others

Mileage reimbursements offset expenses

TRIP Model is Highly Adaptable

Can be operated in almost any geographical setting

Can be scaled to a community's available resources

Can be operated by paid or volunteer staff

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The Beverly Foundation has rated TRIP as ........"the nation's best volunteer driver model"