The Webster Association of Senior Program Supporters recently leased a new Hyundai Sonata from Webster’s Vision Hyundai.
The vehicle has the logo “Smiley Wasp” on the side. The W.A.S.P.S. organization is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity providing rides for the citizens of the Webster School District. The organization has two part-time dispatchers, a board of directors and a volunteer driver corps. The board and drivers operate on a volunteer basis. W.A.S.P.S. works out of the Webster Parks and Recreation Deptartment on Chiyoda Drive.
The organization recently reached an agreement with Medical Motors to service any citizens in wheelchairs that need special assistance. The organization’s annual expense budget is $15,000, which is primarily composed of part-time employee’s wages and vehicle and contractual transportation costs. The revenues are derived from donations. The town and village of Webster help out with donations comprising approximately half of the need, with the other half coming from rider donations, the annual model train show and donations from local churches, local fraternal organizations and local businesses.
The board of directors is looking for additional interested community members to join the board and assist in fundraising and organizational growth. This will allow the organization to relieve some of the founding board members that can no longer be as active as they once were.
The organization is on track to give 670 one-way rides in 2016, compared to 504 in 2015. With this growth, the organization is always looking for additional drivers.
To schedule a ride, call 585-216-7829 at least three days in advance. A small donation of $5 is requested if the appointment is within the Webster School District, and $10 is requested if outside the district. The wheelchair pickup by Medical Motors is subsidized by W.A.S.P.S., which then requires a $30 contribution by the customer for the discounted service.
Volunteer drivers schedule their own time with the dispatcher, which makes for a very flexible schedule while giving back to the community. Each driver is given a three-hour training course by Lifespan.
Those who have any questions regarding W.A.S.P.S. should call and leave a message; a board member will return the call as soon as possible.
Tax-deductible donations can be sent by check to Webster Association of Senior Program Supporters, 1350 Chiyoda Drive, Webster, New York 14580.