Transportation program receives national recognition for innovation


GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (PRESS RELEASE) — Assisted Rides, a program offered through the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments gives elderly and disable residents opportunities to get to medical arrangements, make trips to the pharmacy and grocery store and attend church services throughout Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties.

The program offers transportation to those age 60 and up or age 21 and up for individuals with disabilities. A mobility manager uses Ride Scheduler, a web-based software program, to match riders with volunteer drivers. The software helps make the program affordable and to complete tasks that would otherwise require more staff members.

This approach and program has earned Waccamaw Regional national recognition and the 2014 Innovation Award winner from the National Association of Development Organizations.

"Innovation is something that we and similar organizations prize, because as funding dwindles, we have to be more creative to serve more people," Sarah Smith executive director said. "We have to come up with new programs delivered with volunteer assistance to meet the demands of the communities we serve. This program is a wonderful benefit to our community, because we have so many seniors and people with disabilities in need who don't have access to transportation, especially in the rural areas of our region."

For more information about the Assisted Rides program or Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, visit their website here or contact Trina Cason, mobility manager, at (843) 436-2110 or

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