By: Marian Maggi
I’m proud to drive and serve on the Board for RAFT (Rural Alternatives for Transportation)
In 2013 Ruth Fletcher-Carter, a woman who grew up in Berthoud and came back after retirement, was made aware of a need that wasn’t being met in our community, and garnered support from her many friends and acquaintances to make RAFT a reality. RAFT provides a donation-only transportation service for seniors over 60, developmentally disabled, and persons who are unable to drive temporarily for medical reasons. Raft is working to fulfill a much-needed resource in the Berthoud community, due to the ever-increasing demand from seniors and developmentally disabled.
Transportation is a valuable resource that most of us take for granted as we hop into our cars and drive wherever and whenever we want or need to. But if you’re on a fixed income or unable to drive and don’t have family or friends who can take you to work or medical appointments or even just shopping or to a hair appointment, a trip can be a very costly hit to your limited budget.
If you’re aware of someone who could use RAFT’s service or if you have a flexible schedule and can choose to volunteer 1 or 2 hours per week, consider calling the RAFT office, 970-532-0808. I have found driving for RAFT to be a very satisfying way to volunteer. Getting to know our riders and other drivers has been especially rewarding.
For more information visit our website, berthoud raft.org.