If you had the good fortune of meeting Tamara Bodner, you would immediately notice her warm, welcome smile, positive attitude, and approach to people as well as her uncanny ability to make a personal connection with everyone she meets. We welcomed Tamara as one of our Vital Volunteer drivers in December 2016, and she hit the ground running. In 2017, Tamara logged 204 trips and just shy of 1,600 miles in her 130 volunteer hours.
Tamara, her husband Gabe, and their two young boys ventured to Colorado after years in California. Soon after moving here, she found herself behind an elderly man at her neighborhood King Soopers Sarah Newell – VPT. He had many full grocery bags. The man was carefully navigating through the parking lot area when she realized he didn’t have a car. She offered him a ride as a way to help him. He accepted and in the course of the conversation, he mentioned Via as his usual way of transportation. Fortunately for us and her passengers, Tamara called our offices and learned that she could serve as a volunteer driver. We are so happy she did!
Our passengers adore Tamara. Elizabeth S., a frequent Via passenger, commented, “Tamara is very real. She reminds me of my daughter, and I like that. She’s kind, always present, thoughtful and she remembers me. It makes it so much easier when that happens.” “I’m always happy when I get her as my driver,” said Elizabeth H., another passenger of Tamara’s.
Thank you, Tamara, for your safe, reliable and expert service. You make a positive difference in the lives of so many. We value and appreciate you!!
Become a Vital Volunteer driver for Via so you can help seniors and those who are disabled with their transportation needs.Via Volunteer Form