Without our dedicated volunteer drivers, we could not offer our free transportation program. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, please read our guidelines below. Most drivers begin as a substitute driver. Drivers must be age 21-75 years upon applying to drive. Before you start to transport patients, you will need to complete the STARS paperwork and attend an orientation. We may also schedule you to go on a orientation ride with one of the regular drivers. Thank you for considering volunteering!
Become a Volunteer Driver
If you are an Amador County resident in cancer treatment, then you are eligible to use STARS' free transportation to and from your radiation and chemotherapy appointments.
Our vehicles generally depart from and return to the STARS office on Sutter Hill, but pickup/dropoff in some locations can be arranged. We transport patients to the Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley, El Dorado County, Calaveras County and within Amador County. Other trips may be arranged with advance notice. Transportation runs 5 days a week (Monday-Friday). The vehicles are owned, maintained, insured and scheduled by the Amador STARS. Please read our frequently asked questions below, and do not hesitate to contact STARS at (209) 267-1246 if you have further questions.
Need a Ride to Treatment?
Free Transportation Services
With the help of dedicated volunteer drivers, Amador STARS coordinates free transportation services to and from treatments for cancer patients. The "cancer vans" have safely transported hundreds of local residents to thousands of treatment appointments. The transportation program is funded, driven and serviced by local volunteers. STARS currently has 8 vehicles that travel to treatments in Amador County and also to Sacramento, Stockton, Lodi and Rancho Cordova and other destinations.
The program was founded decades ago by Phyllis Swensen under the name Amador County Cancer Transportation Program (ACCTP). Phyllis is now an honorary board member of the Amador STARS, who took over the transportation program in 2004.