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Semcac’s Volunteer Driver Program is vital to many


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

As we grow older, it may become more difficult to get to where we need to go. The reasons for this can vary. Perhaps someone has never had a driver’s license or has had to give up driving due to medical reasons. It could be that a friend or relative that normally gives somebody a ride to appointments is out of town. It could be that it simply costs too much money.

No matter the reason, there are rides available for those in need. Semcac’s Volunteer Driver Program coordinates volunteer drivers with those who need transportation. It says on Semcac’s website, semcac.org/transportation, “We know that there are places that you need to be,” and their volunteer drivers will help you get there.

The website states, “Whether you have a medical appointment, need a ride to work, to daycare, to a local business, senior dining site or even a Semcac Contact Center, etc. we are happy to give you a lift!”

The Volunteer Driver Program, owned and operated by Semcac, offers rides for those on Medical Assistance, UCare and Blue Plus to medical and dental appointments. The program also provides rides to anyone who is 60 years and older to dental appointments, medical appointments and also to senior congregate dining.

Many of the volunteer drivers are senior citizens. According to Amber Duncan, Operations Manager at the Kasson, Minn., Semcac Office, “The majority of the volunteer drivers are senior citizens,” and she notes that there are currently “approximately 95” senior volunteer drivers.

This sounds like a lot, states Duncan, but with the program serving six counties, including Fillmore County, there is always a need for more drivers. The Semcac Volunteer Drivers use their own vehicle to transport those in need of a ride.

Rides will be arranged by Semcac dispatch offices and if the person is not on medical assistance, they will receive a monthly letter requesting a donation for the cost of their rides. The amount requested for donation is based on a sliding fee scale which goes by income.

If you are able, please consider becoming a volunteer driver. The qualifications to be a driver are a valid driver’s license, over the age of 21, proof of insurance and a good driving record. Volunteer drivers can choose whether they prefer to drive local trips or longer trips to cities such as Rochester, Minn., LaCrosse, Wis., or Minneapolis, Minn., for example.
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Semcac commemorates 50 years of helping people

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Semcac is a nonprofit, Community Action organization that was founded in 1966. Community Action Agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act to fight America’s “War on Poverty”. Semcac assists people to achieve or maintain inde ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share month

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. During 2015, Semcac Food Shelves in Rushford, Preston, Caledonia, and Kasson had 8,215 vi ..... 
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Senior nutrition programs celebrate 40 years!

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Across Minnesota, Senior Nutrition Programs - often referred to as “Senior Dining” and “Meals on Wheels” - are celebrating their 40th year of service in the state. In July of 1973, the Governor’s Citizen’s Action Council on Aging award ..... 
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Additional services and more healthcare providers at Rushford Clinic

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Winona Health has added services at their Rushford Clinic and welcomed several new healthcare providers. “Healthcare organizations everywhere are finding it challenging to recruit healthcare providers for smaller, rural communities,” said Mart ..... 
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Rushford and Peterson to Join Cities for “America’s Night Out Against Crime”

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

On Tuesday, August 6, neighborhoods throughout Rushford, Minn. and Peterson, Minn. are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National ..... 
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Free health screening offered in Rushford

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) and Semcac are partnering to host a free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 7:30 to 10: 00 AM at the Tenborg Center in Rushford. This screening is open to both Se ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Announces 2013 Summer Meal Program

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

This summer, all children ages birth to 18, REGARDLESS of income level, will be able to eat FREE breakfasts and lunches at school Mondays thru Fridays during designated serving times. Summer meals will be served as follows: Breakfast from 8:00am-9 ..... 
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Living with Diabetes or Pre-diabetes: new four-week program

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Are you or a family member at risk for developing diabetes or do you have diabetes and could benefit from a refresher course on how to manage your blood sugar? Winona Health’s Living with Diabetes or Pre-diabetes program is for you. Facilitated ..... 
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