, Newburyport, MA

July 24, 2013

Newbury COA seeking van driver


---- — NEWBURY — The Council on Aging is seeking help in its effort to provide high-quality services to the town’s elderly citizens.

COA Director Martie Joe announced this week that there is an opening for a salaried position as a van driver for the weekly five-hour grocery shopping trips to Storey Avenue in Newburyport.

The handicapped van seats 12 and is a much larger vehicle than a standard automobile. It does not require a commercial driver’s license, but a clean driving record from the Registry of Motor Vehicles is necessary and experience operating this type of larger vehicle is desirable.

Job responsibilities include picking up elders at their homes, driving them to the grocery store and returning them to their homes afterward. The bus will have a monitor who is responsible to assist people on and off the bus and help with their groceries, if necessary. The trips are scheduled mid-week during mid-day hours.

“This position requires an individual interested in working with elders, who is capable of earning their trust and respect, and who will honor all the rules of confidentiality and privacy,” said Joe. For more information about the paid van position, call Joe at 978-462-8114.

The COA also needs volunteers to deliver meals to local seniors. The Meals on Wheels program, which runs Monday through Friday, relies on volunteers from the community donating time and use of their own automobiles to drop the nutritious meals off at the homes of Newbury’s elderly citizens. Training and mileage reimbursement is provided. A minimum time commitment of three hours per week is required. Anyone interested in making a meaningful difference in their community this way should contact Gail Kehoe, 978-462-8114.