Lehigh Valley

Volunteers offer rides to elderly, provide friendship

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bobbie Rudolph and Marilyn Snyder are neighbors in an Allentown apartment building.

Rudolph, a 2014 retiree, will often act as chauffeur and sounding board for 87-year-old Snyder. But the car talk is more than neighborly niceties, it's a necessity for Snyder.

"I feel very relaxed I don't have to worry about getting to my appointments," said Snyder.

Rudolph is a volunteer driver for ShareCare Faith in Action, a Bethlehem-based nonprofit that gives rides to the elderly and disabled in need.

Volunteers take them to everything from doctor appointments to the grocery store and then back home. This is Rudolph's 472nd volunteer trip.

"I took a gentlemen this week. He handed me a 10 dollar bill. I said no. He said you did me a favor. 
 I said it's why I do it. I appreciate it but this is voluntary," she said.

Every Saturday morning this month 69 News is highlighting a charity in need, calling it our Spirit of Giving Series.

This Wednesday, we are focusing on ShareCare Faith in Action, which serves Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon Counties.

Director Lynn Heiney of ShareCare says the need is growing. There's currently more than 100 people on a waiting list for drivers.

"We need volunteers. We need volunteers in Lehigh and Northampton County," Heiney said

Drivers need to be 18 years old, pass a criminal background check, and arrive with a little bit of patience.

For more information you can call  610-867-2177 or long onto the ShareCare website.

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