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American Cancer Society Road to Recovery® Program

October 3, 2018

Providing Rides to Cancer Treatment

For many years, First Source has provided support to the American Cancer Society, from financial assistance to volunteers and fundraising participation. We recently learned of their Road to Recovery program. This invaluable service pairs cancer patients in need of transportation to their appointments with community volunteer drivers.


The Road to Recovery Program

Every day, there are cancer patients who need to get to treatment, but many don’t have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment, for free. Rides are provided by volunteers like you.



How Does It Work?

Volunteers go to cancer.org or call 800.227.2345 to let the American Cancer Society know you would like to help. You provide your availability and what works best to fit your schedule. When they have a patient in your area in need they will reach out and see if you can accept the opportunity. They further coordinate with you from there.


Who Can Volunteer?

If you own or have regular access to a safe, reliable vehicle, then you’re already on the road to volunteering. You’ll also need:

  • A good driving record

  • A current, valid driver’s license

  • Proof of adequate automobile insurance

  • Completion of the simple American Cancer Society training course

  • Regular access to a cell phone, computer, laptop, or tablet computer, to receive notifications

  • Schedule availability, typically Monday-Saturday, as much or as little as you prefer


Why Volunteer to Drive?

For those patients who cannot drive themselves or have no other means of getting to their treatment, the Road To Recovery volunteers may be the only way for them to receive the treatment they need. It can literally be life-saving. Volunteer drivers say that they get as much from the experience as the patients do.


How Do You Get Started?

You need to submit some basic information to the American Cancer Society, after which a volunteer care specialist will contact you to discuss the program, your expectations, and what you hope to gain from the experience so they can ensure a good fit. Then you’ll take some required training, which is self-paced and takes around 90 minutes. From there you’ll complete a background check, and once approved, provide your schedule availability so you can begin being matched to patients needing transportation. You can offer as much or as little time as you prefer, provide rides one way or both ways, and change your schedule availability at any time.

Visit the American Cancer Society’s website to learn how you can get started. A little of your time can make all the difference in someone’s life.
 

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Tom Neumann and the Ride for Missing Children

May 30, 2018

Thanks to Riders and Volunteers

Please join us in thanking our community for their involvement in, and support of, The Ride For Missing Children. Tomorrow, Friday, June 1st, is the 2018 Ride For Missing Children. Approximately 500 Riders and 150 Volunteers will hit the road starting early in the morning in Oneida, NY, and arrive in New Hartford that evening, reaching hundreds of school students along the way with a message of safety.

First Source President and CEO Tom Neumann shares why he rides and volunteers to support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He helps their work to educate people, support the families of missing children, and raise awareness and funds.



We are proud to be a part of this tremendous cause, and encourage you to support the Ride, and cheer the Riders along on their all-day journey.

Posted in: bike, charity, children, NCMEC, ride

Riding for a Great Cause

May 11, 2015

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We are honored to be the Corporate Luminary Sponsor of the 2015 Ride for Missing Children-CNY. This is our 6th year as Luminary Sponsor, as this is a noble cause we’re very proud to support. The Ride for Missing Children is the biggest annual fundraiser for the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children – Mohawk Valley Office.

At the Mohawk Valley office, missing children alerts are received, and printed posters of missing children are sent out to specific geographic areas in the United States, Canada and Mexico, aiding the effort to recover missing children. Throughout the year, they conduct educational programs at schools and other educational facilities across New York State, as a way to prevent children from going missing. They also offer all-important hope and healing to families of missing children.

This year, 6 Volunteers and 10 Riders are representing First Source in the Ride. Above and beyond our Luminary sponsorship, our Corporate Riders raise additional funds on their own to support the Center.

Our corporate sponsorship, along with all corporate sponsorships for the Ride, are an invaluable source of underwriting for the Ride. They allow all Rider fundraising to directly benefit the Center’s mission of education and poster distribution.

We are honored to be a true partner of The Ride For Missing Children, helping to “Make our children safer…One child at a time.”

The Ride will be passing our New Hartford branch around 12:25 p.m. Friday, and we invite you to join us to cheer them on!

Posted in: children, for, missing, ride

Why We Ride: Tom Neumann

May 10, 2013

TNeumann_7941_cropsm“I am riding for my 4th year and volunteering on the Steering Committee for my 3rd year. I come back every year because I believe in their mission. It’s an amazing group, and I’ve seen first-hand the impact our efforts have on the affected families, school children, and the Center.

The most touching experience for me was meeting the Spierer family last year. They had lost their daughter less than a year before, and it was the first time I met a family that close to an abduction. Their strength and appreciation was amazing. We thanked them for giving us a deeper understanding of what a family goes through, and they could not express just how thankful they were for all the support from us, and for the hope that all our efforts could bring their child home and prevent another family from having to go through the same experience.”

Throughout the year First Source contributes our time and financial resources to many worthy causes. This season we make a special appeal for the Ride For Missing Children-CNY, an annual 90+/- mile bicycle journey to raise funds and awareness for the plight of missing and exploited children. We are proud to be the Corporate Luminary Sponsor again, and equally proud that we have 8 Riders and 5 volunteers from Team First Source among the hundreds that will ride and volunteer this year. Learn more about the Ride, other riders and how we help to bring missing children home here.

Posted in: Ride, We, Why

What a Ride: A Recap

June 3, 2010

First Source was proud to be the Corporate Luminary Sponsor of The Ride For Missing Children-CNY 2010. In addition to our Corporate sponsorship, First Source employees raised even more on their own. All together First Source has contributed just under $23,000 to this years Ride.

In addition to our Rider participation our organization also has taken on the following responsibilities in volunteering for THe Ride and for the NAtional Center For Missing & Exploited Children:

  • 6 First Source employees trained to use NCMEC Child ID Kits
  • Volunteered at the Whims N Doodle Safety Event – Helping with Child ID Kits
  • Held our First Source Safety Day event – child ID Kits
  • Will be volunteering at the 2010 Boilermaker Kids Walk
  • Provided 13 Bike loans at 0% interest for Riders to get new bikes
  • Two First Source Riders went to the Troop D Barracks at 4:00 a.m. to help unload bikes the day of The Ride

A big Thank You goes out to all of our Staff and all of the Volunteers and Riders who made The Ride for Missing Children a resounding success. We’re proud of you and the impact you have in bringing missing children home.

Posted in: Children, For, Missing, Ride, The

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