Registration Open Now for Minnesota’s Road to Volunteer Drivers Virtual Forum Series

Published on: November 3, 2020

Registration is open now for Minnesota’s Road to Volunteer Drivers Virtual Forum Series. Learn more and register for sessions below.

About the Series

This virtual forum series is convened and sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access in partnership with the Minnesota Volunteer Driver Coalition and will bring together volunteer driver program administrators, volunteer drivers, riders, funders, transportation policy advocates, and transportation stakeholders. The series will provide participants with the opportunity to share information to help maintain and strengthen these programs. All events will have live captioning and ASL interpretation. The events will be recorded and posted to the individual event web pages.

Series Schedule

Complete descriptions and speaker information for each event will be posted on each individual event web page as soon as they are available.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

1st Stop: Current State and a Look into the Future of Volunteer Drivers


Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

2nd Stop: Policy Issues and Real Life Stories


Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

3rd Stop: Volunteer Driver Recruitment and Promotion


Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

4th Stop: How to Start a Volunteer Driver Program


Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

5th Stop:
  • Person-centered Practices & Disability Etiquette for Volunteer Drivers: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Cultural Diversity & Equity Training: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

6th Stop:
  • Trauma-informed Care Training: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Providing Community Education About People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

7th Stop: Best Practices for Volunteer Driver Programs to include: Safety, Security, Crisis, Medical, Passenger, Resiliency & Boundary Issues
  • Best Practices Session 1: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Best Practices Session 2: 1:00-3:00 p.m.


The virtual forums are free to attend, but registration is required. Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom® log-in information and you will be registered for all the virtual forum series events – you may attend as many as you wish using the same information. The log-in information should not be shared with others; each person must register individually to receive the log-in information directly. You will also receive an email reminder with the log-in information one day prior to and one hour prior to the start of each virtual forum.

If you’re unable to join for the live broadcasts, a recording of each event with captioning and ASL interpretation will be available on the event web page following each event.

Register for entire series


MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. There will be ASL interpretation at this event and contact information is below if you need ASL assistance with this email announcement or registration. If there is need for a foreign language interpreter, documents in an alternative format (such as braille, large print or in a different language), or another reasonable accommodation for this email, registration, or event please email or phone your request at least two weeks before the event.

Contact Kaydee Kirk two weeks before the event at the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies by email or phone 612-626-5854.

Please note: All events will include live captioning and ASL interpretation.

Questions for the MCOTA Volunteer Driver Virtual Forum Series

You can submit questions for any of the virtual forum series topics now or at any time. Questions will be shared with the relevant speakers ahead of time. You can also submit questions during the live events through the Zoom webinar Q&A feature. Submit questions related to the MCOTA Volunteer Driver Virtual Forum Series topics before the event.


Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access (MCOTA) in partnership with the Minnesota Volunteer Driver Coalition.

Registration for this event is through the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access. Please send any registration questions to Kaydee Kirk at 612-626-5854 or

to request a different date or venue for this course — or request a new course entirely.