Stoughton Area
Community Foundation

Stoughton, WI 53589
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The Stoughton Area Resource Team, Inc. (START) provides a safety net for those in crisis. Recently, a 30-year old single father of two struggled to find work, to pay for daycare for his children and to secure a home; so much time was spent homeless and hopeless.

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RSVP of Dane County

www.rsvpdane.org


6501 Watts Road, Suite 250
Madison, Wisconsin 53719

Phone: 6086637536
Contact Name: Richard Hoffman
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RSVP Driver Services/Vets Helping Vets: Stoughton - 2017 Amount Funded: $2,000.00
The purpose of RSVP Vets Helping Vets (VHV) is to match veteran driver volunteers wherever possible with veterans and their family members (primarily spouses) in need of rides to medical and other important appointments. As veterans themselves, our drivers can relate well to their passengers. If these ride services were not available, many Stoughton veterans would be unable to get to appointments that help them remain independent. Alternative transportation arrangements, especially to medical appointments in Madison, are expensive from Stoughton. In addition to providing a valuable service to veterans, this program provides Stoughton area volunteers with an opportunity for meaningful service, helping them to remain healthier through being active, contributing members to their community.
RSVP Vets Helping Vets provides rides to veterans and their spouses who need transportation to medical and other appointments. Volunteers use their own cars and are reimbursed 51 cents/mile. There is no charge for the ride, but donations are accepted. Rides for younger vets are coordinated by the RSVP Vets Helping Vets Coordinator. Rides for older vets (age 60 and older) are coordinated by Dick Hoffman, our volunteer ride coordinator at the Stoughton Senior Center. Each year RSVP volunteers drive 9,000-15,000 miles, providing 200-300 rides to 25-40 Stoughton veteran passengers and approximately 700 rides to all Stoughton passengers. Comments from our ongoing passenger surveys such as “I no longer drive nor have a car. RSVP is exactly what I need to help get me to my medical appointments” testify to the impact this service has on helping seniors and veterans remain independent.

Driver Services/Vets Helping Vets - Stoughton - 2015 Amount Funded: $2,000.00
The purpose of RSVP Vets Helping Vets (VHV) is to match veteran driver volunteers wherever possible with veterans and their family members (primarily spouses) in need of rides to medical and other important appointments. As veterans themselves, our drivers can relate well to their passengers. If these ride services were not available, many Stoughton veterans would be unable to get to appointments that help them remain independent. Alternative transportation arrangements, especially to medical appointments in Madison, are expensive from Stoughton. In addition to providing a valuable service to veterans, this program provides Stoughton area volunteers with an opportunity for meaningful service, helping them to remain healthier through being active, contributing members to their community.
RSVP Vets Helping Vets provides rides to veterans who need transportation to medical and other important appointments. Volunteers use their own cars and are reimbursed 51 cents/mile. There is no charge for the ride, but donations are accepted. Rides for younger vets are coordinated by the RSVP Vets Helping Vets Coordinator. Rides for older vets age 60 and older are coordinated by Dick Hoffman, our volunteer ride coordinator at the Stoughton Senior Center. Each year RSVP volunteer drivers will drive 11,000-13,000 miles, providing more than 600 rides to 30-40 Stoughton veteran passengers. A Recipient Satisfaction Survey is given to each rider to measure service satisfaction, etc.

RSVP Driver Services/Vets Helping Vets: Stoughton - 2018 Amount Funded: $2,000.00
The purpose of RSVP Vets Helping Vets (VHV) is to match veteran driver volunteers whenever possible with veterans and their family members (primarily spouses) in need of rides to medical and other important appointments. As veterans themselves, our drivers can relate well to their passengers. If these ride services were not available, many Stoughton veterans would be unable to get to appointments that help them remain independent. Alternative transportation arrangements, especially to medical appointments in Madison, are expensive from Stoughton. In addition to providing a valuable service to veterans, this program provides Stoughton area volunteers with an opportunity for meaningful service, helping them to remain healthier through being active, contributing members to their community. Older adult and veteran passengers testify to the need for this service on evaluation forms. Ninety percent of the passengers indicate that this service helps them be more independent and 88% indicate that that it helps them remain living in their own homes. A Stoughton passenger states, “I am very satisfied with RSVP service. RSVP makes it possible for me to go to Madison medical appointments for me and my husband, who is no longer able to drive since having a stroke.” “This is a wonderful service and drivers have been very kind, helpful and friendly. “If it were not for the RSVP drivers….I would not know how to get to the V.A. Hospital in Madison.”
RSVP Vets Helping Vets provides rides to veterans and their spouses who need transportation to medical (including dialysis) and other appointments. Volunteers use their own cars and are reimbursed 51 cents/mile. There is no charge for the ride, but donations are accepted. Rides for younger vets are coordinated by the RSVP Vets Helping Vets Coordinator. Rides for older vets (age 60 and older) are coordinated by Dick Hoffman, our volunteer ride coordinator at the Stoughton Senior Center. Each year RSVP volunteers drive 10,000-20,000 miles, providing 200-300 rides to 25-40 Stoughton veteran passengers. Requests for rides come from the VA Hospital, DAV of Wisconsin and the Vet Center, as well as individual veterans in need of transportation services. RSVP needs to continue recruiting additional drivers to serve seniors and veterans of all ages. Stoughton is our third highest served community. During the 12-month period July 2017-June 2018, RSVP volunteer drivers drove more than 55,000 miles, providing 615 rides to 84 Stoughton older adult residents (48% of these rides were for veterans and family members). In addition, volunteers delivered 15,500 meals to frail elderly and veteran residents of Stoughton. RSVP Driver Services/Vets Helping Vets (VHV) is “more than a ride.” Volunteer drivers escort passengers, lending an arm to those who have trouble walking or negotiating stairs, assisting them to get in and out of a vehicle, finding their doctor in a clinic situation, etc. Volunteer drivers also help provide a safety check by reporting any concerns about their passengers to case managers.

Driver Services/Vets Helping Vets: Stoughton - 2016 Amount Funded: $2,000.00
The purpose of RSVP Vets Helping Vets (VHV) is to match veteran driver volunteers wherever possible with veterans and their family members (primarily spouses) in need of rides to medical and other important appointments. As veterans themselves, our drivers can relate well to their passengers. If these ride services were not available, many Stoughton veterans would be unable to get to appointments that help them remain independent. Alternative transportation arrangements, especially to medical appointments in Madison, are expensive from Stoughton. In addition to providing a valuable service to veterans, this program provides Stoughton area volunteers with an opportunity for meaningful service, helping them to remain healthier through being active, contributing members to their community.
RSVP Vets Helping Vets provides rides to veterans and their spouses who need transportation to medical and other important appointments. Volunteers use their own cars and are reimbursed 51 cents/mile. There is no charge for the ride, but donations are accepted. Rides for younger vets are coordinated by the RSVP Vets Helping Vets Coordinator. Rides for older vets (age 60 and older) are coordinated by Dick Hoffman, our volunteer ride coordinator at the Stoughton Senior Center. Each year RSVP volunteer drivers drive 9,000-15,000 miles, providing 230-370 rides to 30-40 Stoughton veteran passengers and approximately 700 rides to all Stoughton passengers. A Recipient Satisfaction Survey is given to each rider to measure service satisfaction, etc. We regularly receive positive reviews. As a veteran spouse passenger said recently, “the very best service around anywhere!”