When you make the tough decision to turn in your keys, our dedicated team of volunteers show up to drive you where you need to go – whether to the doctor, the grocery store, or lunch with friends. More than a ride, On the Go is about fueling the sense of connection, independence, and mobility that defines aging well.
“My love and appreciation for what On the Go does for me is endless. My whole life has changed. To get to my doctors’ appointments on time, to get out and see people, to see the trees and the city. Just riding in the car— it is like a breath of fresh air.”
Rides & Smiles
Individual rides to medical and personal appointments, social activities, errands, or wherever you need to go. Rides & Smiles is the largest volunteer transportation service in San Diego, providing more than 2,300 rides a month. Rides are provided for a donation and must be reserved at least one week in advance.
Rides & Smiles® transportation services are available to older adults age 60+ who reside in the following areas:
On-demand transportation anywhere in San Diego County using car-sharing services like Lyft. We monitor the ride in real-time, making sure everything goes smoothly from pickup to drop-off. Perfect when you need a ride, but don’t have the 7-day advance notice needed for Rides & Smiles. We can schedule a ride with as little as one-hour notice!
On the Go Silver
A premium service that offers door-to-door service for individual riders and can be customized for large groups. Special features include scheduling freedom, personalized experience and assistance, and accessibility including wheelchair transport.
Enjoy group outings to exciting destinations such as the theater, museums, and scenic tours. Favorite trips include Balboa Park, winery tours, Jewish Film Festival & Book Fair, theatres and concerts.
Shuttle Service & Group Shuttles
Shuttles to JFS’s Social & Wellness Centers, as well as shopping, cultural events, and religious services including to areas synagogues during the High Holidays. Customized group transportation is available to organizations that serve older adults age 60+.
If you’re an organization serving older adults ages 60+, Community Partner Shuttles is here to provide your group of 10 or more with transportation to and from your next adventure. Enjoy the ease of friendly, affordable, dependable transportation. Ready to go? Contact Meredith at (858) 637-7324. Create your own group adventure.
Choose a meeting point. Choose a destination. On the Go will get you there and back.
Start your trip from anywhere within these zip codes.
On the Go transportation services are available to individuals 60 years and older residing in San Diego County. Existing transportation must be inadequate or unavailable. All riders must be mentally alert. Many On the Go services are wheelchair accessible.
A $20 enrollment fee grants you access to all of the On the Go services.
Members of the following organizations are exempt (expand to see list).
Members of the following organizations are exempt from this enrollment fee:
Participating Synagogues: Chabad of College Area, Chabad of La Jolla Shores, Chabad of Poway, Chabad of Scripps Ranch, Chabad of University City, Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Dor Hadash, Ner Tamid Synagogue, Ohr Shalom Synagogue, Temple Adat Shalom, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Solel, Tifereth Israel Synagogue
On the Go is a program of Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS), operated by JFS. Established in 2003 to help fund the programs and services of JFS, CARS soon began helping other nonprofits raise extra funds. Today, CARS is a respected leader in the car donation industry, providing additional revenue to more than 2,500 nonprofits nationwide.
As a volunteer with On the Go, you’ll help older adults stay connected to the people and places they love most. One ride a month can make a difference.
At JFS, we’re committed to helping older adults lead safe, healthy, self-determined lives. Learn about our services, and the many ways we support aging well.
Out & About brings together San Diegans with early stage Alzheimer’s and dementia for weekly adventures to interesting places across San Diego.