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City transit launches Senior Ambassador Program

Seniors help seniors learn about local transit with a new program

Posted: March 8, 2011 10:52 a.m.
Updated: March 8, 2011 10:52 a.m.
 

Santa Clarita Transit kicks off the launch of a new volunteer Senior Transit Ambassador Program at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center on Wednesday, March 9. Join city staff and senior citizens from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to learn about local transit and how to volunteer to encourage other senior community members to get on board and explore.

"There are many seniors in Santa Clarita who would enjoy more freedom if they knew how easy public transportation is to use. Santa Clarita Transit can help local seniors save money, increase mobility options, maintain independence, and plan fun adventures around the community as well as to other neighboring cities," said Mayor Marsha McLean.

The Senior Transit Ambassador Program is designed to train seniors how to assist other seniors who request more personalized help in learning to use Santa Clarita Transit's local bus system.

As a volunteer Transit Ambassador, seniors will have the opportunity to help plan "Senior-Only" trips throughout the year, make a significant impact in the community, and receive a personalized ambassador jacket and hat.

To qualify to be a Senior Transit Ambassador, volunteers must be at least 60 years of age or older, attend a volunteer quarterly meeting, available to commit to the program for at least 12 months, and retain a Senior Transit Access Pass (TAP) identification card.

"Santa Clarita Transit is very excited to launch the Transit Ambassador Program in partnership with our senior community. As a volunteer ambassador, we're looking for enthusiastic, local seniors who are willing to help two to three people each month maintain or increase their mobility through public transportation," stated Transit Manager Adrian Aguilar.

To learn how to become a Volunteer Senior Transit Ambassador, pick up your application in the lobby of the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, located at 22900 Market Street, Newhall 91321.

For more information about the Senior Transit Ambassador Program, contact Patrick Bryant, Administrative Analyst for the City of Santa Clarita's Transit Division at (661) 295-6304 or visit www.santaclaritatransit.com.

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