Rides for Ridgefield celebrates fifth year with May 23 breakfast

Rides for Ridgefield plans to celebrate its fifth anniversary on May 23 with a breakfast at the First Congregational Church for volunteers, founders and supporters. The group was launched by Margaret Thompson, who determined that government-supported and privately run transportation services were not meeting the needs of Ridgefield’s senior and mobility-restricted residents. A working group established by First Selectman Rudy Marconi created Rides for Ridgefield as a non-profit alliance.

In May 2013, a call center opened to serve as a single source for information, including counseling for seniors and the mobility-disabled regarding transportation needs and available options and a centralized reservation assistance service. The group then launched its volunteer ride service, which focuses on rides that other organizations cannot provide, filling in gaps in senior and mobility-disabled transportation.

By 2017, requests for rides had risen to nearly 1,000 a year.

The group has a roster of 36 volunteers driving and working in the call center.

For more information about the organization and volunteer opportunities, visit ridesforridgefield.org or call 203-894-RIDE.