RSVP

Carol Longseth, left, enjoys the relationships she has formed with the people she drives as a member of RSVP of Dane County including Geneva Kuhl. Longseth helps Kuhl maintain her independence by helping the woman get to medical appointments.

Carol Longseth, 70, has been driving for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Dane County since 2016. After retiring early, she worked at the Marshall Community Library and a local restaurant. She loves to travel with a group of friends and has visited New York City and Hawaii in recent years. It was at the library that she noticed a posted flyer from RSVP asking for volunteer drivers, so she called to find out more and began driving for RSVP.

RSVP of Dane County’s Driver Services program and volunteers provide rides for medical and other related appointments to Dane County residents age 60 or older and home delivered meals outside the City of Madison. RSVP partners with most Dane County Senior Centers and volunteers to provide these rides and meals.

When asked why she volunteers, Longseth said, “It’s a nice thing to do for someone else who needs it, I am lucky to be in good health.”

Longseth has been driving Geneva Kuhl for a few years to medical appointments with RSVP.

“Geneva is 90 years old, very intelligent and talkative, and so grateful for the ride service,” Longseth said. “I enjoy getting to know passengers like Geneva.”

When RSVP spoke with Kuhl, it’s clear why Longseth enjoys this dynamic woman.

“(RSVP Driver Services) means a lot, I would be very lost without the service, it’s wonderful and helps me get to all my necessary medical appointments,” Kuhl said.

Kuhl doesn’t drive any more, but she has many activities she loves.

“I play cards 3 to 4 times each week, I enjoy puzzles, and keeping up my house,” she said. “I just gave up snow shoveling this past winter.”

It’s clear Kuhl cherishes her independence, and drivers like Longseth help her stay that way.

To learn more about volunteering as a driver, contact Mary Schmelzer, RSVP of Dane County Driver Services co-manager at 608-441-7896 or mschmelzer@rsvpdane.org.

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