What is Rides for Ridgefield?
“The Concept of Rides for Ridgefield was originally developed by a small group of individuals who engaged the leaders of the town’s senior and disability community through an initial presentation to the Ridgefield Senior Positive Initiative Forum in December 2011,” says the group’s founding board chair Margaret Thompson. RFR began in May 2013 with the hope of ensuring Ridgefield seniors and those with mobility disabilities—about 14 percent and 12 percent of the community, respectively—access to affordable, safe, and adaptable transportation. Because an estimated 20 percent of residents over 65 are non-drivers, this nonprofit organization—considering its potential to guarantee seniors a quality, active life—holds immeasurable value.
Though Rides for Ridgefield hopes to expand and provide volunteer driving services to those in need,
it currently consists of a call center (203-894-7433). Office space and equipment are provided at no cost to the organization by the town of Ridgefield.
Volunteers take special consideration of conditions like limited mobility, crutches, or a wheelchair, and provide information on avail- able transportation. If reserving a ride and requiring assistance, callers should expect to disclose their destination, time of pick-up, purpose of the appointment, estimated length of visit, and a desired return time. Groups such as the American Cancer Society, FISH, the Men’s Club, RVNA, the interfaith community, Riva’s Rides, and others provide the transportation.
The center, located in Town Hall, is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more, e-mail RidesforRidgefield@RidgefieldCT. org.