Volunteers are the reason for OATS existence. It was such a group of volunteers that founded the organization in 1971 in order to fulfill a need for transportation in Missouri’s rural areas. As a not for profit, OATS has continued to rely on volunteers for fundraising, scheduling of rides and publicity. In most of the counties OATS serves, there is a County Support Committee comprised of 8-24 people, mostly riders, who have chosen to give of their time and resources. Each year, a dollar value is assessed for the hours these volunteers give, known as “in-kind”. This past fiscal year, OATS volunteers reported over 47,044 hours devoted to OATS. If you would like to become a volunteer, or to find out more information, contact your Regional Office.
Learn more about our wonderful volunteers on Our Volunteers page.