More local news now... this weekend we've seen extreme heat... followed by severe weather... and while this is just an inconvenience for some.... especially the elderly and those that are disabled... it can be dangerous... adam duxter joins us now with how a madison based startup company is looking to help people... in times like these.
Hot temperatures or pouring rain can make something like waiting for a bus a lot more challenging... but a local start up company is trying to make a difference p- 1 vo/mini-disc this weekend... extreme summer weather made it's way to madison... the high heat and rain... making it difficult for some people to get around... that's where jessica soto- hernandez comes in.
1 sot 20 28 20 i meet people from all walks of life.
I get to learn a lot.
It's just a lot of fun.
2 vo/mini-disc she's one of 30 drivers for ride-share company carepool... which is designed to take people who are elderly or have disabilities... from point a to point b.
She says... it's about compassion.
2 sot 20 33 11 if there's someone who needs someone to meet them at the door, if they need help getting in the car, if they need quiet music.
Maybe they're on the spectrum and they don't like noise we're going to know all of this.
3 vo/mini-disc and that when the temperatures get hot... or in todays case... the rain comes down hard..
It's a better way to care... and provide peace of mind.
3 sot 20 30 00 it's reassuring for the people using our service to know they don't have their loved ones waiting for a bus or a taxi that might not show up.
4 vo/mini-disc carepool founder and ceo josh massey has worked with other ride share companys in the past..
But says the idea for carepool was born when he was approached by dane county dhs.... 4 sot 19 31 00 they said you have a model that would be ideal for people with disabilities and aging, would you want to come and get involved?
4 vo/mini-disc now..
He's working to expand the company accross the state.
4 sot 19 33 00 we're looking at la crosse and eau claire where we have a presence,nd we're also looking at brown county next as well 4 /mini-disc soto-hernandez saysc the work is well worth it... and that taking the elderly and those who are disabled where they need to go... provides a sense of purpose.
Especially on weekends like this one.
4 sot 20 29 15 any way i can give back to my community and help people get from point a to point b safely, especially with weather or maybe the area they're going they don't feel safe, it might be reassuring to know they have service.
Recently carepool received 150 thousand dollars in start up money from nashville investor jumpstart foundry... massey says now... it's about adding more drivers... so they can help more people.