Help Emmet County from behind the wheel

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Rural Iowa communities desperately need non-emergency medical transportation drivers. Northwest Iowa RSVP seeks volunteer drivers willing to offer rides to those in need within Emmet County and destinations such as Fairmont, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Sioux Falls, Rochester, and Iowa City.

Northwest Iowa RSVP staff members coordinate the volunteer drivers with transportation requests. Priority for medical or other necessary appointments is given to elderly or low-income residents of Emmet County. Other Emmet County residents who do not own a vehicle and need transportation for appointments or assistance in returning home following a medical procedure also receive priority for transportation scheduling.

Volunteers for this program are asked to drive their own vehicles but receive three levels of supplemental insurance and a modest mileage reimbursement from RSVP. Volunteers interested in participating in the RSVP transportation program must pass a background check, provide proof of personal insurance, and provide RSVP with a copy of their current driver’s license.

RSVP volunteer drivers do have the ability to accept or decline transportation requests coordinated by the RSVP Coordinator. The Elderbridge Agency on Aging and the Iowa Department of Human Services supplement support for the Northwest Iowa RSVP transportation program. The Emmet County Board of Supervisors provides support as well. Iowa Lakes Community College, the local sponsor of RSVP since 1977, provides office space on the Estherville campus.

To become an RSVP driver or learn more about the transportation program, please contact Linda Anderson, RSVP Coordinator in Emmet County, at 712.362.7929 or landerson@iowalakes.edu by July 15, 2021. An online RSVP volunteer registration form may be accessed at iowalakes.edu/rsvp.

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