Friends with Wheels
Friends With Wheels (FWW) was started by All Saints’ Church in 1989 as a volunteer organization dedicated to helping needy Hilton Head Island citizens by providing free transportation to essential services, such as medical, dental, social service, and other government services. Over the past 16 years, the program, in partnership with Hold Out the Lifeline: A Mission to Families, has expanded to include volunteers from a number of other faith communities and denominations, working together to help thousands of less fortunate residents to get to and from services necessary to their health and safety.
FWW has two types of volunteers: Call Receivers and Drivers.
Call Receivers work in their homes taking calls from people needing assistance and arranging rides, usually working a half day each month. Telephones are open to needy residents from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM until 12:30 P.M. for the purpose of requesting rides. Calls for assistance must be received at least 24 hours in advance of their appointment.
Drivers get the calls for assistance from the Call Receivers and provide the free transportation service, working as often as they want. The driver receives information on the rider, including state of health, to ensure that the driver will not be expected to provide assistance beyond his/her capability.
Riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and children under the age of 4 must ride in a child’s car seat. Disabled riders are encouraged to be accompanied by a person who knows the rider’s disability and is capable of providing needed assistance.
Transportation services provided by FWW include round-trip accommodations on Hilton Head Island and to Bluffton, Beaufort, and Savannah if and when drivers are available.
This is an essential service to the Hilton Head Island community, one that is important, needed and appreciated, and gives great satisfaction to all those who volunteer.
For more information, call (803) 461-3201.