ELLSWORTH — An upcoming volunteer driver training program at the Beth C. Wright Center aims to help those in need of rides.
The one-hour training will be held at the center at 23 Commerce Park in Ellsworth on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m.
Volunteers will train to become drivers for the Road To Recovery Program of the American Cancer Society and/or for Friends in Action.
Road to Recovery became a national program in 1983. Volunteer drivers have provided thousands of cancer patients with life-saving rides to their treatment appointments. Many patients need daily or weekly treatment, often over the course of several months, and they may be too tired or weak to drive themselves.
Friends in Action, formerly known as Faith in Action Community Connection, is an Ellsworth-based organization that was formed by a task force concerned about the needs of the elderly in the greater Ellsworth area. Friends in Action volunteers provide many rides for elderly people in Hancock County. Rides are needed for medical appointments, ongoing treatments such as dialysis or radiation and to help people get to the dentist, eye doctor, grocery store, post office and to do other errands. Rides are also needed for social outings, volunteering, food pantry and library visits or to take a pet to the vet.
A volunteer can drive at times that fit into his/her schedule. Those who attend the training will be able to see the new Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and learn about its programs. For more information or to sign up, call the center at 664-0339.