Driven to volunteer

Community Thread hosts two upcoming events regarding transportation and volunteering opportunities.

Those looking for information regarding transportation in Washington County can find information they need at the Transportation resource fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon at CrossWinds Church in Stillwater on April 6.

Attendees can meet local transportation service providers and learn about their services.  The event is free and open to the public.  The church is located at 9125 Newgate Ave. N.  The Transportation Networking Group (TNG) is hosting the fair. Refreshments will be available courtesy of Home Instead Senior Care.

A presentation will be given by Commissioner Gary Kriesel will give a presentation on transportation in Washington County.   Transportation is a key issue for Washington County residents, especially for seniors, people with disabilities and others.

“We welcome anyone who is looking for resources about transportation in our county to come to the fair,” says Cathy Dyball, Program Manager at Community Thread and facilitator of the Transportation Networking Group.  “We want participants to become better informed about transportation resources and have the opportunity to learn about transportation issues, too.”

Some of the transportation services providers that will be at the event include:  Always Best Care Senior Services, Community Thread Transportation Program, Home Instead Senior Care and others.

Transportation is available through Canvas Health for seniors and people with disabilities who live in Bayport, Oak Park Heights or Stillwater who do not have other sources of transportation.  Make a reservation with Canvas Health Transportation by 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5 for a ride to the event on April 6.

Another event at 10 a.m. on April 10 at the Community Thread Office (2300 Orleans St.) focuses on volunteering to help others with transportation. Those who attend this meeting can learn about the Community Thread Transportation Program. The program serves Washington County residents in need with rides to medical appointments. Learn about the scope of services provided, how to become a volunteer driver and the benefits of the program.

For more information contact Cathy Dyball at 651-439-7434.