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Chesterfield organization needs volunteer drivers for seniors

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Shepherd's Center organization has been called one of Chesterfield's best kept secrets, but now it is in desperate need of help.

The organization provides free life-saving rides to seniors across the community. Last year, they had 20% growth, more than 500 rides to the grocery store, pharmacy, and doctors' offices. Now, it needs volunteers to keep that service going.

Leslie and Walter Munch count on that service. They've been married for decades, but now Walter is fighting for his life. He goes to the doctor multiple times a week. But, without a car, his family was really concerned about how he would get the care he needs.

"Especially if you have to go out two or three times a week to you know, different doctors," said Munch. "And then you sit there and then panic sets in. You go, 'ok, what am I going to do? Am I going to sit here and die?'"

That's where the Shepherd's Center, and volunteer drivers like Muffie Schick- step in to help.

She drives the Munch family to most of their appointments. the center provides free rides to the hundreds of seniors who ask for one.

"It's an enormous relief for them because a lot of them, they're sick and they're by themselves and cant' get out.," said Schick. "And the demand is huge. That's part of the reason that we need more drivers."

But right now, many drivers are aging out of the program and the non-profit needs more volunteers to really keep it going.

From the Shepherd's Center: You can help by offering a few hours of your time to provide a ride. The Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield, a non-profit interfaith organization, offers transportation, in-home handyman services, and low-cost classes to adults over 50.

Volunteer drivers are desperately needed to continue providing transportation in the area. You can make a difference in the community by volunteering only a couple of hours a month! We are particularly in need of drivers in the following areas: Chesterfield, Hopewell, Prince George, and Chester.

Become a part of this close-knit volunteer community; you may need their help someday, too! Call The Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield at (804) 706-6689 or go to www.shepctrchesterfield.org for more information.

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