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John O. Cate Memorial Van

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FREE transport for Loudon residents to appointments in the Concord area!
 
The John O. Cate Memorial Van is a handicap-accessible van owned by the Town of Loudon and operated by the non-profit John O. Cate Memorial Van Association. Our charter is to “transport Loudon residents without charge to medical and other appointments when the citizen is in need of transportation.”

The van is equipped with a lift mechanism on one side to assist riders entering or exiting the vehicle. Within the van are seats and seatbelts for up to four (4) passengers and an area to safely secure one (1) occupied wheelchair. A driver and an assistant operate the van and assist the passenger(s).

The van is available for trips to appointments within the Concord area weekdays from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Requests for transport outside of normal hours of operation may be accepted depending on staff availability. Transportation may be arranged by calling the van Scheduler at 783-9502. Ride scheduling is on a first-come first-served basis so requests for transport should be made at least one (1) week in advance to ensure van availability.

The John O. Cate Memorial Van Association is always looking for more volunteers to help as drivers, assistants, schedulers and/or for other duties. If you think you would like to help out, please join us at our monthly meeting or call the Scheduler for more details.

Call 783-9502 to schedule a ride!

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David Nicholson, Treasurer
0 Years

Frequently Asked Questions

What appointments qualify for free transportation?
Any appointment for medical services (physician, dentist, physical therapy, counseling, testing, etc.), the need to fill a prescription or attendance at an adult day-care service qualifies. Other needs for transportation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Am I eligible for transportation?
If you are a Loudon resident presently living in Loudon and in need of transportation to a facility in the Concord area for an appointment you may request a ride.
When is transportation available?
The John O. Cate Memorial Van is available for trips to appointments within the Concord area weekdays from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, subject to the availability of volunteers. Requests for transport outside of normal hours of operation may be accepted depending on staff availability.
How do I register as a new client?
Call the Scheduler at 783-9502 and request to be added to our client list. You will be asked a few basic questions (name, address, phone number, etc.) and a visit to your residence may be scheduled to preview the access to your home and make note of any obstacles or special circumstances the van driver should be aware of prior to arriving at your residence.
How do I schedule a ride?
Transportation may be arranged by calling the Scheduler at 783-9502. Ride scheduling is on a first-come first-served basis so requests for transport should be made at least one (1) week in advance to ensure van availability.
Who pays for this service?
The Town of Loudon funds basic operating expenses (gas, oil, mechanical maintenance, etc.) while a volunteer team schedules, operates and maintains the van through their Association.
What is the John O. Cate Memorial Van Association?
The John O. Cate Memorial Van Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of New Hampshire. The members of the association are the volunteers who operate and maintain the John O. Cate Memorial Van. The Officers of the Association for 2005-2006 are:
ChairpersonWalter Howard
SchedulerBarbara Cameron
SecretaryPaula Miller
TreasurerDavid Nicholson
When and where does the Association meet?
The Association meets on the last Thursday of each month at 2:00 PM in the Community Building (Charlie’s Barn). The annual meeting and election of officers is held during the September meeting.
How may I volunteer to serve?
Any Loudon resident eighteen (18) years of age or older may volunteer by calling the Scheduler at 783-9502. Prospective volunteers are encouraged to attend one of our monthly meetings to meet our members and learn more about us. Driver candidates will undergo a training period before becoming certified to drive the van.
How may I donate to the John O. Cate Memorial Van Association?
Tax-deductible donations should be made out to “The John O. Cate Memorial Van Association” and may be sent to the Association Treasurer, David Nicholson, at 224 Route 129, Loudon, NH 03307. A receipt including the IRS Federal Tax ID will be provided upon request.
Who was John O. Cate?
John O Cate, a third generation Loudon resident, held many local elected offices in Loudon and was a State Representative serving the Loudon area. He helped to establish the original Loudon Volunteer Fire Department and the first fire station. The van service was originated by his daughter, Barbara Cameron, in his name and she continues to serve the John O. Cate Memorial Van Association in many capacities.