Win a $1,000 VIA Rail Gift Voucher

Rural Rides, Rural Rides Tantramar, The Volunteer Center of Southeastern NB, and Tele-drive Albert County have been collaborating under the umbrella of WA Transpo to provide affordable transportation to residents living in Westmorland and Albert Counties. To support the ongoing service to the area, a fundraising draw for a $1,000 VIA Rail voucher will take place on April 23, 2019.

To keep transportation rates as affordable as possible, clients are billed for mileage from their door to their destination and back, regardless of how far the driver travels to get to them. Subsidized rates are also available for low-income families and individuals. Drivers are reimbursed for the total mileage they travel from the time they leave their home to the completion of a ride and back home again. The difference in what clients pay and what drivers are reimbursed creates a shortfall in income. This shortfall is covered by donations from individuals, community groups, and municipalities to the benevolent fund—as well as through fundraisers.

Rural Rides has been providing transportation in the Salisbury-Petitcodiac area since 2014 and in Tantramar as Rural Rides Tantramar since 2017. These volunteer driving programs have seen explosive growth in the need for transportation. As the demand for service increases, the need for funds to subsidize rides increases as well. Rural Rides is a registered charity and issues income tax receipts for donations made to the organization. You can also support the service by purchasing tickets on the draw. All proceeds from ticket sales go back into the community to help provide affordable transportation to those who need it most.

Tickets for the draw are $10 each or 3 for $25

and are available by contacting Kelly at Rural Rides at 988-2101 or via email at [email protected]

Volunteer Centre 869-6905

Tele-Drive 875-1190

If you would like to volunteer as a driver, please call Kelly at 988-2101. You can volunteer as little as a few hours a month—or more—depending on your schedule of availability.

If you or someone you know is struggling to find transportation, they can register for free as a client by calling 988-2101 or by visiting our website at ruralridesnb.com.