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Senior transport program codFISH gets rolling in DeWitt

Seated are codFISH volunteer driver Milt Coleman, right, and co-chair Ginny Frey. Behind them are Bob Meyer, right, a volunteer, and co-chair Jean Kimber.

Seated are codFISH volunteer driver Milt Coleman, right, and co-chair Ginny Frey. Behind them are Bob Meyer, right, a volunteer, and co-chair Jean Kimber. Provided

— FISH programs exist all over the world. Locally, in addition to F-M and now DeWitt, Camillus has a program called catFISH (Camillus Area Transport Friends in Service Here). That program was started six years ago and is up to about 40 volunteers.

How to catch a ride

People in need of a ride from codFISH can call 463-5158. They are asked to fill out a form releasing codFISH from liability in the event of injury or accident, but no other paperwork is required. Clients must be ambulatory and able to get to the volunteer’s vehicle from their home. They are also responsible for all parking fees.

How you can help out

codFISH drivers are all volunteers and they all use their own vehicles. They are not reimbursed for mileage. Drivers must first complete a volunteer application confirming automobile insurance and giving codFISH permission to conduct a driver's license check. They are interviewed by a member of the program’s executive board, who provides them with a packet of information and instructions for their use.

Volunteers can serve on a regular or occasional basis. For more information or to obtain a volunteer application, call 463-5158 or email dewittfish2012@gmail.com.

And if you wish to help out in other ways, you have options.

“We are looking for dispatchers, who take calls from clients and match them with available drivers,” Kimber said. “Publicity, fundraising, computer skills and record keeping are some of the other skills volunteers can provide.

Ned Campbell can be reached at editor@eaglebulletin.com.

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