Our volunteer driver program, BRIDGES, provides mileage reimbursement to individuals who are unable to drive or use public transit. Eligible participants select a volunteer driver, usually a friend, family member, or neighbor to drive them to destinations such as medical appointments, grocery stores, and social activities. Each month, participants will receive a reimbursement for mileage based on the current IRS mileage rate to reimburse their volunteer driver.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for this program, you must:
- Be an individual with a disability or senior citizen who is unable to drive;
- Be unable to use other forms of transportation (such as buses); and
- Reside in Stanislaus County.
How Do I Enroll in the Program?
Call us at 209-672-1143 to complete an eligibility interview with BRIDGES staff.
How does BRIDGES work?
- Call 209-672-1143 to complete an eligibility interview with BRIDGES staff.
- A committee will review your application to determine if you are eligible.
- If eligible, find your volunteer driver such as a friend, family member or neighbor who is 21 years or older.
- Keep track of your trips and miles online or by using the trip log that we will provide.
- Submit your trip log at the end of each month online or by mail.
- You will be reimbursed at the current IRS mileage rate.
- Once you receive your reimbursement check, pay your driver.
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You are allowed up to 3 drivers.
If you are needing medical trips outside of Stanislaus County, please call the BRIDGES Coordinator for consideration. (Only medical trips are reviewed for out of Stanislaus County)
The mileage is due by the 5th of each month. Mileage submitted online is due by the 10th of each month. Late mileage will not be reimbursed.
Reimbursement is paid to the rider, who then gives the money to their drivers.