|RAFT logo. Image credit: Berthoud RAFT|
Rural Alternative for Transportation (RAFT) is a local volunteer transportation service, providing rides to seniors (60+) and adults with disabilities living within the Berthoud Fire Protection District but outside the town boundary. Drivers are all volunteers, use their own vehicles, and donate their time.
Due to the agency’s work in the community, Berthoud Golden Links, Inc.’s/Project RAFT won the 2016 STAR Award for Innovation from the National Volunteer Transportation Center. Along with the award, the organization will receive a $7,000 grant. For the 2016 cycle, nearly 150 volunteer driver programs submitted applications. RAFT was one of 21 agencies to win the award and the only winner in Colorado.
As part of the application for the STAR Award, each applicant was asked to submit a testimonial or story written by a client. In summer 2017, a book with these stories will be published.
Find out more about RAFT by visiting their website: http://berthoudraft.org