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Silver Key has shortage in volunteer drivers

Published: October 8, 2013, 2:57 pm, by Jakob Rodgers

Silver Key Senior Services officials say they’re experiencing a shortage of volunteer drivers, meaning fewer rides for the elderly across the Pikes Peak region.

“We don’t have any cushion right now for our volunteer drivers, so that puts us in a real bind,” said Lorri Orwig, the nonprofit organization’s chief development officer.

The nonprofit organization fields a large number of volunteers whose job it is to offer rides to elderly people across the region, often for medical appointments or trips to the grocery store.

The organization typically has a driver shortage in October, Orwig said. This year, that has meant four to eight ride requests a day that have gone unmet, she said.

It’s a relatively small number considering that the nonprofit organizes about 250 rides a day. Still, Orwig said the organization currently has little ability to backfill any rides should a volunteer cancel for illness.

“For that one person who is not able to get to their doctors’ appointments or to the grocery store, that’s a big deal,” Orwig said.

Anyone interested in volunteering with the organization can contact Linda Arguello at 884-2319 or by emailing her at larguello@silverkey.org.