Community support integral in purchasing service vans
The success of The O’Neill Center in its ability to provide necessary services to our area seniors would not be possible without the support of the community. In 2019, the Center was able to purchase two vans to use for their Transportation Services. This program enabled the Center to transport seniors to and from doctor appointments in the local area. Last year, it provided 12, 234 non-emergency transportation trips. The O’Neill Center has a fleet of eight vans and provides this service to those age 60 and above who reside in private dwellings in Washington County.
The Center would like to recognize those friends of The O’Neill Center who donated through: their Appeal Letter; grants through Marietta Community Foundation; the annual Quarter Auction donors and attendees; the PM Company Spirit of Giving fund; and Walmart Community Grants. All of these donations were instrumental in the purchase of the new vans. Thanks also to Bus Service Incorporated and Ohio Department of Transportation Office of Transit Transportation for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Program.
O’Neill Center offers a variety of services and life enrichment activities for Washington County senior adults, with medical transportation being the oldest service starting in 1986. O’Neill encompasses a growing fleet of vehicles to ensure seniors have the necessary means to get to the vital care they need. With a fleet having grown from a single passenger vehicle in early days to currently eight handicap accessible vehicles, including a variety of modified minivans and ten passenger vehicles.
O’Neill’s transportation service is a vital connection to medical care for hundreds of seniors across Washington County. Seniors may find themselves without a vehicle or not comfortable driving to busy places like a hospital. Some don’t have family who can take them and asking is hard. Cancelling medical appointments because they don’t have a ride leads to declining health. For those who require the use of a wheelchair, it can become even more difficult. O’Neill transportation service has been providing rides to the doctor and other treatment centers for nearly 35 years.
Several of the organization’s most critical services are supported in part by the Washington County Senior Service Levy. In the past five years, the course of the current levy’s funding life, O’Neill’s fleet has provided 58,733 rides to medical appointments and adult daycare were provided to seniors all throughout Washington County while logging 745,711 passenger miles.
Any senior who needs a ride to a medical appointment is encouraged to phone O’Neill Center to request service.