Beavercreek Senior Center’s transportation program was recognized by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) at its 2022 Annual Awards of Excellence banquet at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio on January 31, 2023.
The service won first-place in the adaptive category for providing a program that “enhances the lives of those with special needs such as emotional, cognitive, or physical disabilities.”
The Beavercreek Senior Center’s transportation program helps to address senior mobility issues in the area by providing services to Beavercreek city and township residents who are 55-years or older. Drivers escort seniors to medical appointments, grocery stores, and other local activities throughout Beavercreek.
With a fleet of five vans, all of the senior center’s vehicles are handicap accessible with lift and ramp capabilities, allowing seniors to remain independent and active, regardless of any disabilities or mobility limitations.
The program is staffed by more than 70 volunteers. In 2022, the transportation program completed more than 8,000 trips, as volunteers worked more than 3,000 shifts and contributed more than 20,000 hours of their time.
Escorts provide door-to-door service for every trip to ensure riders are safe when they utilize the city's transportation program. Additionally, volunteers who work grocery runs will carry grocery bags into the rider’s home.
“It’s a blessing to be able to volunteer and give back to the community,” said Keith, volunteer. “The riders are very appreciative and it makes for a very fulfilling experience.”
“Parks and recreation professionals throughout Ohio work every day to improve the quality of life of the people they serve,” said OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward. “This effort is a shining example of that kind of work, and we are pleased to be able to present this award.”
The award was judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio.