ACTR and You
Pat (right) checks in at the chiropractor with help from her Volunteer Driver Mellissa. ACTR provides Pat with regular rides to Project Independence and doctor’s appointments several days a week. Her driver, Mellissa, has been driving for ACTR since 2009 and is a native Vermonter. Mellissa volunteers with ACTR because it allows her to meet new people and make new friends.
Robin, Executive Director of Addison County Economic Development Corporation, rides the ACTR bus to Addison County Chamber of Commerce meetings. Robin believes a robust public transportation system is essential infrastructure for a healthy local economy. “When I am working with businesses interested in locating to Addison County, ACTR is a big selling point. They know that workers and customers will be able to get to their new site easily and affordably,” She said.
ACTR Volunteer Driver Lyle helps Theresa back home after a dialysis treatment. Theresa appreciates her regular driver, Lyle, and depends on ACTR to bring her to chronic care appointments up to five days per week. ACTR’s transportation services save her money and offer a social connection. She is thankful for Lyle’s friendliness and that he “keeps her safe”. Lyle has been an ACTR Volunteer Driver since 2008 and has lived in Vermont for 54 years. He enjoys reading and woodworking and playing with his two dogs, Paint and Ike. His favorite things about volunteering for ACTR are meeting new people and helping others.
Eleanor gets a helping hand from a Project Independence staffer (left) and Deb, her ACTR Volunteer Driver (center). Eleanor has been riding with ACTR since 2006 and uses ACTR to get to Project Independence three days a week. She is a music lover and has three cats. She rides regularly with Deb, a Volunteer Driver since 2000, and appreciates the companionship.
ACTR Volunteer Drivers have been transporting Elaine to doctor’s appointments and to Project Independence a few days a week since 2004. Elaine is one of ACTR’s many cheerful, regular clients. She goes to Project Independence for their programs, to visit friends and play Bingo. At home she has two dogs named Billy Bob and Sammy. She enjoys the social connection with her ACTR Volunteer Drivers.
Chandler is escorted back to The Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury by ACTR Bus Driver Dawn after lunch at the Russ Sholes Senior Center. In partnership with Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA), ACTR transports elders to community meal sites and delivers lunches to other elders in their homes. ACTR provides these links to help Addison County seniors be socially vibrant, stay connected with friends, age in their homes and remain independent. Dawn provides rides for area elders to the Senior Center twice a week. She also helps serve meals and has made friends with many of her riders.
Dan has been commuting 5 days a week on the Tri-Town Shuttle Bus from his home in Middlebury to Goodrich in Vergennes since 2007. ACTR has allowed Dan’s family to become a one-car household, saving approximately $8,000 a year.* Dan regularly uses other ACTR routes including the Tri-Town Bristol, Snow Bowl and Middlebury Shuttle buses. He appreciates ACTR’s friendly drivers and that he has time to read while ACTR does the driving.
* Nationally the average cost to own, operate and maintain a car is more than $9,000 per year. (source: American Public Transportation Association)