The STAR and TRIP volunteer driver programs empower older adults and people with disabilities to remain independent by providing a mileage reimbursement for their friends, neighbors, and other community members who provide them with rides.
STAR and TRIP do not provide a pool of volunteer drivers, but rather allow the rider to find their own trusted driver and provide a mileage reimbursement. A caregiver (IHSS workers qualify), friend or neighbor may be a driver. You can have more than one driver and we encourage you to do so.
Trip purposes are not limited under the STAR and TRIP programs. Participants may receive door to door assistance and companionship for medical appointments, shopping, classes, family visits, or even a meal and a night out.
To be eligible for Volunteer Driver Programs you must be enrolled in Marin Access, and be 65+ and a resident of Marin County. Call our Travel Navigators at 415-454-0902 to start the application process today.
All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Driver Agreement and submit a copy of their current, valid drivers license. Volunteers should use the 'Volunteer Driver Agreement' button in the upper right of this page to submit the agreement, or click here for a downloadable form you can print and email or mail in.
STAR (East/Central Marin) riders are reimbursed at $0.70 per mile up to 100 miles per month.
TRIP (West Marin) riders are reimbursed $0.70 per mile up to 400 miles per month.
STAR and TRIP riders are responsible for finding their own volunteer and arranging their ride. If you would like assistance identifying potential volunteer drivers, Travel Navigators are available to help you consider your options.
If you live in West Marin and need assistance finding a volunteer, West Marin Senior Services (WMSS) is able to help. Once you are determined eligible for the program, call WMSS at 415.663.8148 x 103, to request help finding a ride.
Other Volunteer Driver Programs in Marin
A variety of community-based organizations and services providers operate their own volunteer driver programs that match riders with drivers. To learn more, visit the websites below.
Vivalon’s CarePool program offers free volunteer rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and socialization for eligible clients, providing “door-through-door” service and extra support, such as un-loading groceries. Optional mileage reimbursement for volunteer drivers is available. Eligible clients must be Marin residents and 65+. To sign up for CarePool, call 415-454-0927 or email email@example.com.
CARSS provides free rides for seniors 60 and older anywhere within Sausalito, the floating homes community and Gateway Shopping Center (CVS, Target, Ross and more) Monday through Friday 10am through 2pm. Select additional rides are offered each month for evening events in the same area. These trips can be for any purpose and requested up to one week in advance ore as a same-day ride. Riders will be requested to fill out a simple application prior to their first ride. For more information please call 415.944.5475 or visit their website.
Sausalito Village matches volunteers with Village members to help them with a variety of tasks or needs, including volunteer driver trips. Membership is required.
Marin Villages is a non-profit organization providing member services, including "door through door" transportation to appointments, errands and social events and programs through its volunteer network. To join or volunteer, call 415-457-4633 or check their website at marinvillages.org.