Herkimer HealthNet Executive Director Elyse Enea presents a check in the amount of $2,500 to the Catholic Charities RIDE Program.
RIDE, which stands for Retired Individuals Driving Elderly, is a volunteer-based program that provides transportation and companionship for older adults to their medical appointments. As stated in Catholic Charities website, ‘Since 1985, the Herkimer County RIDE Program serves to recruit and place senior volunteers in assignments designed to address the critical needs in the community. Also supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, and State Offices for the Aging, volunteers serve throughout Herkimer County. RSVP volunteers are part of the Senior Service Corps, with over 400,000 members and 700 chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.
According to Herkimer County HealthNet’s Executive Director Elyse Enea, “Herkimer HealthNet is pleased to support the Catholic Charities RIDE Program. Transportation continues to be one of the primary barriers in access to health care, especially in rural communities. This will aide in the effort to provide access to older adults who may not have other alternatives for transportation, the opportunity to attend doctors’ appointments.”
More information about RIDE can be found by contacting Catholic Charities at https://herkimercountyrsvp.org/ or by calling 315-894-9917. More information about Herkimer County HealthNet can be obtained by calling (315) 867-1552 or visiting https://www.healthnetinc.org/.
The Mission of Herkimer County HealthNet is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.