BELFAST — Aging Well in Waldo County has announced the September launch of an all-volunteer transportation program, called “Gift of a Lift.”

Designed to enable people to enjoy meaningful lives while living in their homes as they age, GOAL offers free transportation for local medical appointments, errands, socializing, classes, exercise classes, volunteering, shopping or other activities.

This program is for adults age 50 or older who live in Waldo County and their caregivers. The drivers will take riders across the county for activities that are not already being supported by other organizations. GOAL also intends to operate beyond regular business hours for reasons other than medical appointments when drivers are available.

To do this, volunteer drivers are needed from different areas of Waldo County. To be a driver, one must fill out a form, be background-checked and present a vaccination passport, driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of adequate liability insurance. COVID guidelines continue to be updated. An orientation session, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, will help drivers understand the program as well as its limitations.

Riders will be asked to furnish their addresses and vaccination passports, and to indicate whether they will need assistance getting to the car.

Volunteers are also needed to serve on the GOAL Committee. These volunteers may schedule riders and drivers, promote GOAL to maximize services offered, communicate with the volunteers involved in the program, train drivers, and perhaps drive when a driver is unable to take a shift.

For more information or to preregister, anyone who wishes to be a driver or a volunteer serving on the committee, and anyone who needs a ride, should call 218-0207, option 3, or email goal.awwc@gmail.com.