NV Rides January 2021 Newsletter

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A middle-aged man is smiling as he drives a car. An easygoing guy, he's happy to provide rides to elderly in the Northern Virginia area so they can meet friends, go to the store and attend appointments. He's happy because transportation for seniors is now solved!

Fairfax County N2N Shopping moves to J Rides

In December the Fairfax County Health Department ended its N2N Shopping program initiated last spring as a response to the pandemic to help older, vulnerable adults in the community who needed help with grocery shopping and pharmacy pickup. The expansion of J Rides enables us to temporarily continue services for those most in need during COVID-19.

In addition to serving older adults, the J-Rides program is also offering contactless deliveries to food pantry patrons who are quarantined due to the virus. To date we have completed 25 deliveries to individuals who would have otherwise had to miss their scheduled food bank appointment, or were in need of emergency assistance.

We are thankful for our collaboration with the Dulles Area Transportation Association, who have helped us with our outreach efforts. We have onboarded 44 new volunteers over the past month, many of whom have already stepped up and started driving.

Our volunteer recruitment efforts continue in January inviting congregants from area synagogues, the Pozez JCC membership and any interested community members to join our virtual volunteer information sessions being hosted by NV Rides on:

January 18th at 10am

January 26th at 12pm

Click on the dates to register for a session or visit our website to learn more. We look forward to welcoming some new drivers into our network in 2021.

aging matters

NV Rides to appear on Aging Matters Radio Show

Tune in to WERA-LP 96.7FM on Tuesday January 19th at 10am for a conversation between NV Rides, Shepherd’s Center of McLean, Arlington, Falls Church and Cheryl Beversdorf on her Aging Matters Radio Show. We will be talking about volunteer transportation and how our programs benefit older adults in the region. If you are not free to listen at that time, the show will be published as a podcast on Apple and Spotify.

Spread the word to friends and family who may be interested in learning more about volunteer driving – whether they may be a driver, a client or a caregiver.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool

Aging colleagues at the national level developed an online personal questionnaire, CV19 CheckUp, that asks people to reply to a series of questions about health and behaviors. Based on the answers, respondents get an explanation of their Covid19 risks and suggestions for mitigating the risks. Although it was developed with older adults in mind, the questions and responses are not age-related. This is a great resource for anyone in the community.

Access to the questionnaire is at: www.CV19CheckUp.org
NV Rides 2020 year in review
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