Free rides to and from polls for vets and seniors

Posted at 9:43 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 17:39:25-04

BALTIMORE — Nearly a week into early voting and we’re seeing record numbers at the polls.

Members of fraternities and sororities in the area are coming together to make sure everyone has a ride to the polls that needs one this weekend.

Corey Glass is a veteran himself and saw the need for transportation so he reached out to his brothers and sisters.

“Voting is important to me simply because it’s a duty of mine,” Glass said. “There’s a lot of things I would like to change and I have the power to change it with my vote. I have the resources to also help others get out and vote.”

Not everyone can drive to their polling locations, but these volunteers are throwing that excuse out the window.

Their goal is to pick up dozens of veterans and elderly people and safely bring them to vote and bring them back home.

They had two large vans and a suburban as backup if the need is there.

Mike Benoit usually uses his van for his after school program but he’s volunteering to drive it for the weekend.

“We’re either seeking to do things or people want us involved because they know we’re going to come out,” said Benoit. “They know we’re always going to be available. It’s never no. If our community needs us we’re there for them.”

With the pandemic they’ve partnered with a private commercial cleaning company called Priority Commercial Cleaning to clean the vans after every trip and offer masks to anyone that needs them.

On top of the cleaning they are going to practice social distancing while in the van.

Only four people will be in a vehicle at a time with one person in each row.

Several fraternity and sorority chapters came together to make this happen.

Leila Campbell was already helping men and women in treatment with the process of voting.

“To make sure they are registered to vote and to talk to them about ballot boxes, locations, and where you can also vote in person,” Campbell said. “He said well this is a great opportunity because we want to do a roll to the poll and you maybe have persons who need a ride to the poll.”

Giving people one less reason not to head to the polls.

Stanley Slide is donating his time and resources to help out as well.

“I’m about unity I’m about everyone working together as a team to our brother Corey’s idea together and make it happen,” Slide said.

If you or someone you know needs a ride call 443-380–0016.

They are planning on running the vans all day Saturday and Sunday.