National Volunteer Transportation Center


National Volunteer Transportation Center

The Center was created in 2014 response to the outpouring of interest in volunteerism related to the delivery of transportation services to many population groups including children, work force participants and older adults. Each of the founders have extensive experience in studying, supporting, and delivering volunteer transportation and are aware of the positive experience of those who volunteer to provide services as well as the many benefits accorded to those who receive the services. The founders are: Community Transportation Association of Washington, D.C.; the Beverly Foundation of Albuquerque, N.M.; Ride Connection of Portland, Ore.; CIMA Volunteers Insurance of Woodbridge, Va.; and AlterNetWays of San Francisco, Calif.

2016 STAR Awards

The 2016 STAR Awards Application is closed. The STAR Awards are presented by Toyota and include $50,000 in cash awards and a Toyota Sienna. Winners will be announced soon.

2015 STAR Award Recipients Announced

In late October through December, a review team of 17 experts from the fields of transportation, aging, and volunteer services reviewed applications and in January convened in Washington, D.C., to select the winners. As was the case in previous years, the competition from the more than 150 applicants was intense. A news release which identifies the winners can be downloaded here (PDF)(558 KB).

The application for the 2016 STAR Awards will open in late May. In addition to cash awards, Toyota will again provide a vehicle for the Grand STAR Award Winner. This year the vehicle will be a Toyota Sienna.

Webinar Recording: Adapting Volunteer Transportation to Serve Your Community

Have your community's demographics changed? Has the makeup of your organization changed? Are you trying to figure out how to best provide service using volunteers? This webinar is for you. Listen to our engaging webinar on adapting volunteer transportation to best fit your needs, with presenters Santo Grande, President and CEO, and Mary Handley, Mobility Manager, both of Delmarva Community Services, Inc. in Cambridge, Md. Moderated by Ginger Ammon, CTAA.

National Volunteer Transportation Provider Map Now Online

An Interactive Map with a listing, by city and state, of volunteer transportation providers is now available through the National Volunteer Transportation Center website. This map provides links to the websites and contact information for volunteer providers. Check it out through the link above - and let us know what you think! We welcome updates and additions, email Charles Dickson at

Stories from the Road

Cover for Stories from the Road: a depiction of ruaral stretch of highwayStories From The Road is about the personal experiences of more than 245 volunteer drivers across America. The stories tell about the journey of the volunteer driver: what it's like to meet new people and new challenges; to be an advocate and a friend; to take people to life sustaining activities and life enriching activities; to drive in the local community and spend hours driving to distant appointments; to drive once or twice a month and to fill the day giving rides to people who need them; to choose to drive because of the love of driving and because it offers an opportunity to give back.

Reading the stories of volunteer drivers will tell you why they drive, but even more importantly, they will tell you why the enjoy making what many of them consider "the contribution of a lifetime."

The AlterNetWays Company: Assisted Rides Program Beverly Foundation Legacy Ride Connection CMA Volunteer Insurance CTAA