More local seniors will be able to get to their appointments thanks to a new vehicle available at the Parkway Center in Utica.
The Parkway Center and the Community Foundation purchased the SUV together. Local volunteers drive seniors to their doctor’s appointments, but not all of them were able to use their own cars.
The Community Foundation conducted a survey last year to find out the local need for such a vehicle.
Officials with the organization say this move will give more volunteers a chance to help while giving local seniors the chance to get where they need to go.
"We really hope this is another tool that will help seniors to remain living as independent as possible, because there's a lot of seniors don't need long-term care but yet if they don't have some of these important community resources, they have to go into longer term care because they can't live independently in the community,” said Jan Squadrito, senior community investment manager with the Community Foundation.
This year alone, the center provided more than 3,200 rides.