Online forums set for volunteer drivers in Minnesota

A series of virtual forums begin next week to share information and support for volunteer drivers. A one-time registration is required, but there is no cost for the forums offered over Zoom


MINNEAPOLIS — A free series of virtual forums, Minnesota’s Road to Volunteer Drivers, begins next week to share information and support for volunteer drivers in Minnesota, according to a news release from the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access.

According to the release, volunteer drivers are a critical resource in meeting the transportation needs of many Minnesotans without other practical options.

This virtual forum series is convened and sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access in partnership with the Minnesota Volunteer Driver Coalition and will bring together volunteer driver program administrators, volunteer drivers, riders, funders, transportation policy advocates, and transportation stakeholders.

All Minnesota’s Road to Volunteer Drivers’ forums are offered at no cost via Zoom. Registration is required and you need to only register once to attend all the forums.

Sessions include the following:


  • Nov. 18, 2020: Current state and a look into the future of volunteer drivers

  • Dec. 9, 2020: Policy issues and real-life stories

  • Jan. 20, 2021: Volunteer driver recruitment and promotion

  • Feb. 17, 2021: How to start a volunteer driver program

  • March 17, 2021: Person-centered practices & disability etiquette for volunteer drivers and cultural diversity & equity training

  • April 21, 2021: Trauma-informed care training and providing community education about people who are deaf and hard of hearing

  • May 19, 2021: Best practices for volunteer driver programs — safety, security, crisis, medical, passenger, resiliency & boundary issues

The forums include closed captioning, ASL interpretation, and will be recorded for future access. More information is available at .

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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