DuRide reaches 50,000 ride milestone

Volunteer driver, Larry Miller, assists DuRide member, Sue Lindsay, out of his car at the end of their ride.
DuRide member, Sue Lindsay, is assisted by volunteer driver, Larry Miller, at the end of their ride.

DUBUQUE, IA – DuRide provided its 50,000th ride earlier this month.

DuRide is a local non-profit service that provides a safe and personalized transportation option for seniors who are unable or do not want to drive any longer. The organization is kept alive by a team of volunteers who can take their riders to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, or anywhere else they need to go.

This milestone comes after years of hard work. The organization began its service in 2008, providing approximately 90 rides for their 57 members in the first year. Since then, the organization has grown immensely via word-of-mouth. This year, DuRide is projecting that they will provide 12,500 rides for their 250+ members.

Executive director, Greg Orwoll, says, “It really keeps people engaged in the community…I got a letter from one of our members and she said, ‘You’re keeping my golden years golden,’ and I can’t say it better than that.”

Although DuRide currently has over 150 volunteer drivers, they are always looking for more. To be a driver, you need only to be at least 21 years of age, hold an Iowa driver’s license and insurance, and have a reliable car.

If you know a senior in need of transportation, or are interested in becoming a DuRide driver, please visit DuRideDBQ.com.

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Melissa is a junior at Loras College originally from Balltown, IA. Melissa is Associate Producer of LCTV News. She enjoys learning more about Dubuque and the Loras community through the work done by herself and the entire LCTV crew. Melissa has been involved in Loras College Television for the past two semesters and looks forward to everything to come.

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