Catch-a-Ride (CaR) is a social service program that provides volunteer transportation to medical appointments, food pantries and social service agencies within Johnson County.
CaR is available for Johnson County residents who are 60+, or have a physical disability, or 18+ who are in a life transition and they currently do not drive.
Before applying for Catch-a-Ride services, please review the Catch-a-Ride handbook. All Johnson County residents interested in utilizing the Catch-a-Ride volunteer transportation service must complete a Catch-a-Ride application. Applications and handbooks can also be mailed to residents who are unable to complete the application online or do not have access to a printer.
What are the current COVID-19 precautions?
Johnson County government is requiring masks use for all Johnson County employees, volunteers, and CaR Riders regardless of vaccination status. Although the risk is very low, preliminary findings from the CDC now suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can still spread the virus to others. Reinstatement of the mask requirement is necessary to ensure continuity of operations.
CaR volunteer drivers and CaR riders are required to adhere to the following:
- Wear masks when using Catch-a-Ride - This includes wearing a mask when you are inside a vehicle with a CaR volunteer driver. If your volunteer driver accompanies you to an appointment inside a building, masks must be worn the entire time. CaR volunteer drivers will be required to wear masks too.
- Continue to social distance when possible - Riders will be required to sit in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle.
Where can CaR take me?
Catch-a-Ride volunteer drivers transport Johnson County residents to medical appointments, food pantries and social service agencies such as the Housing Authority.
Destinations must be in Johnson County. Exceptions are made for some medical appointment destinations (St. Luke's on the Plaza, St. Joseph Medical Center and UMKC Dental School) but are limited based on the availability of volunteer drivers.
All ride requests must be placed with five business days advanced notice.
How much does CaR Cost?
Catch-a-Ride is a donation based program with basic funding provided by Johnson County Government. Donation letters are sent monthly to those who utilize the program.
The suggested donation is $5 each way ($10 round trip). Riders will not be denied service because they cannot afford to make a donation.
Want to make a donation? You can donate here.
Who are the volunteer drivers?
Volunteer drivers (25 years of age or older) are required to attend an Aging and Human Services General Orientation and a Catch-a-Ride training session.
All volunteer drivers must successfully pass a criminal history background and motor vehicle record check. Additionally, volunteer drivers must have a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance on file.
Do volunteers stay with the rider during appointments?
Volunteer drivers may wait in the lobby during your scheduled appointment and bring you home afterwards or volunteers may drop you off at the destination and return to pick you up at a scheduled time.
If you know your appointment is longer than an hour, please let the coordinator know and driver assignments will be made accordingly.
What are rider requirements?
- CaR riders must be a Johnson County resident in good standing.
- CaR riders must be able to transfer in and out of a motor vehicle. Riders may use a cane, walker or request hand/elbow assistance from the volunteer. CaR is not wheelchair accessible.
- CaR follows the Kansas Driver’s License guidelines regarding individuals who experience seizures. Individuals must be seizure free with a medical note prior to using Catch-a-Ride.
How do I become a Catch-a-Ride rider (participant)?
If you are interested in becoming a Catch-a-Ride rider/participant, you must complete an application and submit it to CaR for approval.
The CaR application and CaR handbook are available online. Additionally residents may contact the Catch-a-Ride coordinator for an initial phone screen and request an application via email at [email protected] or telephone 913-715-8900.
All applicants must have an application on file and must be approved prior to requesting a ride.
How much notice is needed to request a ride?
Once approved as a Catch-a-Ride participant (rider), ride requests must be made with a minimum of five business days notice. Rides are based on volunteer availability. We cannot guarantee a ride request will be filled. If CaR is unable to fill a ride request, the participant will receive at least 24 hours notice to find alternative transportation.
Catch-a-Ride is not an emergency transportation resource for same day appointments or to destinations such as urgent care or the hospital.