The Age-Friendly Community Initiative Volunteer Driver Program is recruiting volunteer drivers for transportation of adults 60 years and older living in Albany, Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Mason, Newry, and Woodstock. Free rides are offered for medical and non-medical trips. While requests for medically-related rides are given the highest priority, eligible clients may also request rides for errands, and religious and social events (such as church, exercise, educational, and entertainment programs).

Why do our drivers volunteer? They like to drive, but it’s much more than that. They like talking with people, and they like contributing to their community. Said one AFCI driver, “You never know who you might meet. It can be a fun surprise.”

Anyone interested in becoming a driver completes an application, driver history check, and attends an orientation provided by AFCI Transportation team members. Call 824-4444, and one of our drivers will call you and tell you more about the program.

AFCI is also recruiting volunteer call coordinators who are interested in working from home to take call requests for rides via voicemail or email requests that use a software calendar.

The annual AFCI Driver and Call Coordinator Appreciation and Training Luncheon will take place Sept. 10 at the West Paris Congregational Church, 32 Church St., Bethel. If you think you might be interested in either of these volunteer roles, give us a call (824-4444) or e-mail

For those who want to become more digital-savvy, or just get help with a specific problem, the Bethel Library is here to help. Ashley Lawrence, Community Concepts, Inc. Digital Navigator, will be providing free tech help with smartphones, tablets, and laptops. No question or problem is too big or too small!
She’ll be at the Bethel Library from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays. Spread the word.

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