Designed for cancer patients lacking transportation and those too weak or tired to drive themselves to doctor appointments, H.O.P.E.’s group of volunteer drivers can help. Volunteer drivers are scheduled in advance to ensure that patients arrive safely at their appointments, and return home when the appointments are finished.
Are there restrictions in distance and / or frequency?
No restrictions, as long as we have volunteers who are willing to help.
What does the patient need to do to schedule transportation?
Can you speak to the screening of drivers and their qualifications?
We can have the driver contact the patient and they can ask questions then.
Our Patient Transport Service operation is supported by an active and much-valued volunteer force who live and work in the local community and give up their time to assist in transporting mobile patients to and from doctors’ appointments and treatment. This service is greatly relied upon and appreciated by our patients and their families. Unfortunately, our requests for transport have more than tripled since this time last year (2018). This is due to the fact that the American Cancer Society has closed its office in York County and now has offices only in Hummelstown, Philadelphia, and Lancaster. The cancer centers that normally would contact the ACS for rides for their patients are now turning to H.O.P.E. to provide this service. Consequently, we are picking up many new patients, but alas, we are not receiving any funds to help.
We’re looking for volunteers who are available between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. You will determine the frequency and quantity of driving. As a volunteer, you will not receive a salary, but just knowing that you have helped someone in need will certainly make you feel blessed. Our volunteer drivers must have fully comprehensive insurance, access to the internet and email, and of course a valid driver’s license. If you have questions or wish to offer your services, please contact Carol at the office, 717-227-2824. For our patients this truly could mean the difference between life and death.