When a senior is unable to attend necessary medical appointments due to a lack of transportation , our services can be life-critical. However, our volunteers will also tend to other requests for transportation needs beyond just medical appointments. If a ride is requested for a recreational or social activity, our volunteers are willing and able to accommodate those needs. We know that getting out and being social is as equally important. Social activity combats feelings of isolation and depression which can often lead to early institutionalization.
When people know there is someone there for them, someone who cares, and they know they can still be an integral part of their community, they remain independent longer.
In our last fiscal year, volunteers drove 164,603 miles, and dedicated 18,054 volunteer hours to assist 1177 local seniors. Our services saved seniors and their families $440,420. There is concern about the growing senior population both nationally and in our community.
If you would like to enroll in our program and benefit from this much needed service, please call the office for more details and request and intake at 815-455-3120.
To be eligible for our transportation services:
- You must be 60 years or older
- You must reside in McHenry County or Sun City, Huntley
- You must be able to get into a vehicle no assistance
- You must be able to advocate for yourself
Enrollment is an EASY three step process
- Give us a call at (815) 455-3120 to confirm eligibility
- We will process a background check and schedule an in-home visit
- We will visit your home and double check your environment
After a successful background check and in-home visit, you are all set to use our services!
Our pool of transportation volunteers are fully trained, submit to a background check, provide proof of insurance and of course are friendly
Senior Care Volunteer Network does not charge for our services, but donations are gratefully accepted.
McHenry County MCRide Dial-A-Ride
MCRide operates Monday-Friday 6:00 am-7:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday 9:00 am-5:00 pm. MCRide buses are all wheelchair accessible. Drivers are trained to assist riders with: using the lift, getting on and off the bus, and securing a wheelchair on the bus. Drivers cannot escort you to/from your door or carry your packages. If you would like more information on MCRide, please reach out to the McHenry County Division of Transportation at 815.334.4960 or email [email protected].
MCRide rider fares are based on the distance of the trip; seniors and individuals with disabilities get a reduced fare. The first five miles of travel cost seniors and individuals with disabilities $1.50; each mile after that is a quarter.
Pace Bus Fixed Routes
Pace runs multiple fixed bus routes (www.pacebus.com) throughout McHenry County, All Pace buses and Metra trains are ADA accessible.
- Route 550 – Elgin Transportation Center – Crystal Lake
- Route 806 – Crystal Lake-Fox Lake
- Route 807 – Woodstock-McHenry
- Route 808 – Crystal Lake-Harvard
For more information on fares and schedules, click the routes above