A total of 53 volunteer drivers for Anoka County’s MedLink Transportation Program were honored during an Oct. 9 luncheon at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
Volunteer drivers provide transportation for more than 3,400 passengers, most of whom are seniors and veterans.
Volunteer drivers logged a total of 143,136 miles this year on 6,943 trips, most of which were to veterans’ medical facilities in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Ramsey, and Maplewood, as well as other clinics and medical facilities.
“Oftentimes, when people speak of the quality of life in a community, they are really speaking about people like the volunteer drivers who willingly give of themselves to make their community a better place,” said Rhonda Sivarajah, chair, Anoka County Board.
Several drivers were specially honored for their long years of volunteer service with the MedLink Transportation Program: Roland Zacharias, Fridley, (25 years); Lucy Schalwig, Andover, (20 years); Dean Wagner, Andover, (15 years); Gerald Wegscheid, Columbia Heights, (15 years); James Hinrich, Fridley, (10 years); Paul Nelson, Dayton, (10 years). In addition, several volunteers were recognized for driving the most miles in the last year: David Adrian, Coon Rapids, (13,688 miles); Paul Nelson (8,326 miles); and David Westphall, Coon Rapids, (7,554 miles).
Anyone who needs driving services or who would like to join the corps of volunteer drivers can call 763-324-3255.