The South Eastern Council of Governments (SECOG) was selected to participate as one of two local nonprofits that will be beneficiaries of the new AARP Member to Member Local Offers Program contributions. According to the award letter from AARP: "The AARP Member to Member Local Offers Program, helps local small businesses, owned by AARP members, provide offers and discounts to other AARP members, while giving back to their community."
Sioux Falls is one of 11 cities selected for the launch of this program beginning in March 2015. The other selected cities include Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Manchester, NH; Cincinnati, OH; Seattle, WA; San Antonio, TX; Nassau/Suffolk Counties, NY; Phoenix, AZ; and St. Louis, MO.
Local small businesses can help make this program successful by participating. Learn more at: AARP Member to Member Local Offers Program.
SECOG will utilize contributions from the AARP program for Drive To Help. Drive To Help is a volunteer driver recruitment and training program that was developed as a collaborative effort of the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) Transportation Coordination Committee (TCC), and members of the Sioux Falls City Council’s Transit Task Force, to develop and implement work actions to address the priorities identified in the MPO's Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan).
Project CAR and Active Generations' Workers-On-Wheels (WOW) are existing organizations that provide transportation services to seniors and persons with disabilities utilizing volunteer drivers, primarily for medical/health appointments and grocery shopping. Drive To Help will expand the capacity of these organizations by providing them with screened and trained volunteer drivers resulting in additional transportation services in the Sioux Falls area.