Northwest Valley Connect receives transportation grant from City of Surprise Community Outreach Program

Northwest Valley Connect receives transportation grant from City of Surprise Community Outreach Program

November 18, 2015
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Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) is pleased to announce that it has been approved by the City of Surprise Community Outreach Program to receive an $8,000 grant to fund transportation efforts in the Northwest Valley in 2016. The funds will support NVC’s various programs, including the Call-Click-Connect mobility call center and the RideConnect volunteer driver program.

This is the second year that NVC has received funding from the City of Surprise Community Outreach Program. NVC was approved for the same $8,000 grant to support the organization’s transportation efforts for 2015. “We are grateful to the City of Surprise Community Outreach Program for helping fund our programs for another year,” says NVC Executive Director, Kathy Chandler.

Since 2014, NVC’s Call-Click-Connect mobility call center has been helping residents of the Northwest Valley find rides to doctor’s appointments, grocery stores and even mall shopping trips. Citizens need only call in to the mobility center to be connected with friendly volunteers who can help solve transportation problems.

“The Call-Click-Connect mobility call center is important because it is the heart of our operation,” Chandler says. “This grant provides the funds to keep our call center open so we may continue to provide a service that this area desperately needs.”

The grant will also support NVC’s RideConnect volunteer driver program. When connections between other transportation agencies cannot be made, it is volunteer drivers who assist with providing transportation to seniors in need.

Chandler is hopeful for the growth of the RideConnect volunteer driver program in the upcoming year. “We have some volunteer drivers right now,” she says. “In the next year, we hope this grant will allow us to expand this program and seek out new volunteer drivers.”

NVC thanks the City of Surprise Community Outreach Program for its continued support, as well the current volunteers who provide their time and dedication to the success of the call center and driver programs.

Volunteers for both the Call-Click-Connect mobility call center and driving program are needed. If you are interested in one or more of these positions, please contact Kathy Chandler at 623-282-9300 or kchandler@northwestvalleyconnect.flywheelsites.com.