Life is about going places. For 92-year-old Thelma McNulty it may be an inside job.
Or one where she needs an outside lift. Several times per week Thelma gets a ride to the doctor's office or the store from volunteer driver Chuck Sciascia.
Chuck is one of 16 drivers for Independence Transport Network of the Lehigh Valley.
"We have volunteers that volunteer one day a week" or five days a week, said Director Lois Favier.
Favier says the 24-7, 365-day service is open to those over 60.
Drivers must be at least 24 years old and take those like Thelma anywhere they want to go and Lois says the need is growing.
"We've done 49,000 rides and we could do more if we had more volunteer drivers," she said.
For volunteers like Chuck the joys are the interpersonal gifts picked up along the way.
Like when he recently drove a previous passenger.
"I was like how are you? I was at a hospital and she said "you're picking me up at a hospital. how do you think I'm doing?"
Well you got me there," Chuck said.
And in the rain Chuck got Thelma to her destination.
"What's your favorite part about the rides?" WFMZ's Bo Koltnow asked Thelma.
"Favorite part? I don't have to drive, I can look around at the scenery and just gab," she said.
When a ride becomes much more than transportation. Applications can be found at the ITN LV website.