Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Volunteer in the Limelight: Ron Vandenberg

Ron Vandenberg jokingly says that serving as a Volunteer Transportation driver “keeps me out of trouble!”  He retired 15 years ago after a lengthy career in construction and likes to keep busy.  The rides that he has given for the program have ranged from taking a client to an appointment that was just 1.5 blocks away from his home to driving over 100 miles in a trip that spanned multiple cities.

Passengers in Ron’s car may feel that its scent is reminiscent of a bakery.  That’s because Ron estimates that he delivers approximately 700 to 800 loaves of bread per month as he volunteers for various homeless outreach programs, shelters, or the St. Vincent de Paul. 

Yet, sandwiches and loaves of bread are not very interactive, and Ron greatly values the connections he has made with clients of the Volunteer Transportation program.  He loves “talking to them and learning from them.”  He is willing to drive to any location and doesn’t mind taking on rides for appointments that will last a few hours. 

Ron is uncertain what he’d be doing if he weren’t driving with Volunteer Transportation each week (“probably wasting time on the computer!” he exclaims), but he knows that it is time well spent.  I’m certain that all of his Federal Way passengers would agree!


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“Behind the Wheel” offers stories, reflections, news and updates about Sound Generations’ (formerly Senior Services') Transportation Program. Throughout King County, our inspiring volunteers provide needed mobility to local seniors, supporting them in their efforts to remain independent, healthy, and happy. Please drop by to read more about the unique experiences of our volunteers, clients and staff!
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