IBEW Local 1245’s Yerington Retirees Club presented the Helping Hands organization with a $500 donation towards their program.
Helping Hands currently has 160 seniors or disabled clients, who are transported to Carson City, Gardnerville, Fernley, Fallon, Smith Valley and Wellington to doctors’ appointments, pharmacies, shopping, food pantries etc. The nine volunteer drivers only receive $.40 per mile for their vehicle use. This is a much needed service in the rural communities, and the volunteers average serving between 48 to 60 clients per month.
Helping Hands funding comes from donations, sponsorships, a yearly raffle and the City of Yerington. The retirees commented that we never know when we may be in need of these types of services in the rural areas where there are no regular buses or taxis.
–Thomas “T” Bird, IBEW 1245 Yerington Retirees Club