A friend of mine just adopted a rescue dog.  She lives in Connecticut and picked up her pooch in New York.  Sadie Mae arrived there from Texas, traveling the country via a series of coordinated relay drivers.  What a great service these volunteers provide to aid in the pet adoption network.

Rideboard.com is a clearinghouse for people/things that need transportation. Today’s viewing highlights people who have a trailer and need freight from San Diego to Seattle, a plea from someone in Southern Illinois who “gota c my girl in Oxford Ohio”, a request to bring boxed clothing from Cincinnati to Denver, a volunteer to ‘drive Ur vehicle cross country” from LA to New York, “two poor chicks KC to Denver” and “a microwave that needs a ride” from Baltimore to New Mexico.

I am traveling many miles over this holiday, and I would gladly give someone else a ride. I wish that picking up hitchhikers was a safe thing to do, or that I trusted Rideboard enough to participate!  I have taken students back and forth from campus to Chicagoland, but the occasions where my calendar aligns with theirs is few and far between.

The pet rescue organizations have created a relay team to move their animals around the country.  Perhaps your organization can organize a transportation network too.  Could you have alumni bring students to your college?  People to take foster children to new locations? Volunteers to help people get to medical facilities or rehabilitation centers?  

Think of all the vehicles on the road with empty space inside — just waiting for you to capitalize on it.  As you travel over the river and through the woods this holiday season, ponder how you could benefit from having someone/something along for the ride.

— beth triplett

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