Local nonprofit to offer single-passenger rides for Georgetown seniors’ medical appointments

In an effort to remain safe for the vulnerable population it serves, Faith in Action will be offering single-passenger rides for medical appointments. (Courtesy Faith in Action)
In an effort to remain safe for the vulnerable population it serves, Faith in Action will be offering single-passenger rides for medical appointments. (Courtesy Faith in Action)

In an effort to remain safe for the vulnerable population it serves, Faith in Action will be offering single-passenger rides for medical appointments. (Courtesy Faith in Action)

Faith in Action Georgetown, which typically provides over 1,000 rides to more than 900 enrolled seniors every year, had to pivot its service model due to COVID-19. Its Go-Van-Go program, which usually utilizes a passenger van to shuttle dozens of over-65 Georgetown residents to grocery shopping excursions and social outings, has been unused for over three months.

But in July, the organization announced a rephasing plan to allow for its return to regular services by the fall. On Aug. 3, from 2-4 p.m., Faith in Action Georgetown will host a virtual drive-thru volunteer celebration as its official announcement of return to service, a news release said.

In an effort to remain safe for the vulnerable population it serves, the organization will be offering single passenger rides for medical appointments while still maintaining its buddy program, which was introduced as an answer to the COVID-19 crisis, the release said. The buddy program pairs volunteers up with senior clients who are often isolated. Weekly phone calls provide check-in opportunities and social connection during the pandemic.

Faith in Action will also provide assistance with mail-in voter ballot applications, online grocery shopping and other needed services. By the fall, the organization hopes to return to some semblance of its former transportation services.

“We aren’t quite sure what that will look like yet,” Executive Director Vickie Orcutt said in the release. “But we are working hard each day to stay on top of safety measures and the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines for how to move forward.”


Current clients needing rides must fill out and return an updated waiver and follow a transportation policy outlining safety protocol expectations for both riders and volunteers. Clients can then go online at www.faithinactiongt.org to schedule a ride or call 512-868-9544.

According to the release, Faith in Action has confirmed more than 45 volunteers are ready to get back to helping. During the drive-thru celebration volunteers will be provided with a goodie bag filled with free sanitizer, a face mask, a safety protocol sign and free ice cream cone coupons from Sonic.
By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019.


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