Bedford Ride seeks more volunteers

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By John Barnhart

    Bedford Ride could use some more volunteer drivers, according to Ira Doom, the non-profit’s director.

    Bedford Ride, which first got rolling in the early autumn of 2001, provides non-emergency medical transportation for people who have trouble getting to medical appointments or to get to a pharmacy to get a prescription filled. Doom is one of the organization’s two paid employees. The rest are volunteers. The volunteer drivers use vehicles that are provided, and fueled, by Bedford Ride.

    Doom said that the organization currently has 160 volunteer drivers covering Bedford County and the city of Bedford.  He said that it likes to maintain between 160 and 180 volunteer drivers to cover volunteer turnover.

    Many of Bedford Ride’s volunteer drivers are retirees. They want to use some of their retirement time to serve their community.


    “First of all, they’ve got to care about people,” Doom said, stating what a person needs in order to be a volunteer diver.

    Beyond that, a volunteer needs to be a safe driver who is in reasonably good health.

    To volunteer, call (540) 587-3315. For more information, check out Bedford Ride’s Web site at www.bedfordride.org.