Minnesota's Road to Volunteer Drivers Virtual Forum Series with State of Minnesota wordmark over an aerial view of a road and autumn leaves on treesWednesday, December 9, 2020
9:30-11:30 a.m. Central Time



This will be the second stop in the MCOTA volunteer driver virtual forum series, Minnesota's Road to Volunteer Drivers. The purpose of this virtual forum is to hear about the impacts of volunteer drivers throughout the state through several real-life stories and to discuss state and federal policies to strengthen volunteer driver programs.


Real World Stories

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Moderated by Lori Vrolson, Executive Director, Central Minnesota Council on Aging

In order to set the stage for the current policies' implications, volunteer driver agencies, drivers, and riders will share their personal stories.

Legislative Panel Discussion

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Moderated by Sherry Munyon, Government Relations/President, Capitol Access

Panel Members - Key Legislators invited. Discussion to include federal and state issues.

Perspectives from the Minnesota Board on Aging on Volunteer Driver Services

10:40 - 11:00 a.m.

Presented by John Doan, Minnesota Board on Aging member

Minnesota Volunteer Driver Coalition-Mission and Overview

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Presented by Dawn Simonson, Co-Chair, Volunteer Driver Coalition

15-minute presentation plus 15 minutes for Q&A from audience


The virtual forum is 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.


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 kkirk@umn.edu 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.

Virtual Forum Access

This webinar will be hosted using Zoom. We recommend that all registrants test their connection prior to the workshop using Zoom's test meeting. If you are new to Zoom, we recommend viewing the Zoom Tips for Joining and Participating in Webinars tutorial page.

Professional Development Hours

To the best of our knowledge, this event meets the continuing education requirements for 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) credit. If you participate in the virtual forum and would like to request a PDH form, please email kkirk@umn.edu after the event. We will email the form to you following the event.

More Information

Please contact Kaydee Kirk at 612-626-5854 or kkirk@umn.edu with any questions.


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