Get behind your community.
Get behind the wheel as a volunteer driver.

Since its launch in 2012, Sou’West Nova Transit has relied on volunteer drivers using their own vehicles to help meet the transportation needs of Shelburne County residents.

Because specialized medical services are not always available in Shelburne County, riders frequently request trips to Yarmouth, Liverpool, Bridgewater, Kentville, and Halifax. Some of these trips can take a driver and vehicle out of our area for several hours, or an entire day, drastically limiting the number of residents we can assist. Fleet vehicles driven by our excellent staff provide accessibility and consistency, but our team of volunteer drivers using their own vehicles is what give us the capacity to be able to meet the wide variety of travel needs of our riders.

Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage, parking, and meals, and have the flexibility to accept trips that fit with their schedules, whether that be several times a week or simply several times a year.

What makes a great volunteer driver:

  • Safety first!: SWNT volunteers must be committed to the safety of our riders and themselves! They do this by keeping vehicles clean, well maintained and low scent, by navigating hazards around vehicles during loading and unloading, by being careful and conscientious drivers, and by only accepting trips in areas or conditions they are confident driving in.

  • Caring, compassion and connection: The greatest contributions of SWNT volunteers have very little to do with getting someone from Point-A to Point-B! It is the time spent in between - building connections and catching up on that long drive to Halifax, laughing with our riders on the way to the grocery store, lending an ear after a poor diagnosis, sharing in a rider’s excitement as they travel to a family gathering – that can be the most meaningful, for drivers and riders alike! This in-car connection is an especially important element for riders who are particularly isolated by their rural locations and barriers to transportation. As such, we look for team members that riders will love spending time with and getting to know!

Becoming a volunteer driver is a meaningful and fulfilling way to give back to the community! If you are a kind, positive, helpful person who is an excellent driver with a well-maintained vehicle, we'd love to talk with you about joining our team!

Complete the questionnaire below to start the conversation!