What we do
The Davies Project provides community-based, non-medical support for local families facing serious, long-term health challenges with a child.
Volunteer drivers provide rides to medical appointments for children with a serious health condition, pregnant women, and for parents with a baby in the NICU if no car is available.
Free rides means fewer missed appointments and healthier kids
In Greater Lansing, where 70% of the children who rely on the local subspecialty clinics are on Medicaid, poor transportation options contribute to a 64% missed appointment rate for children with serious illnesses.
The Davies Project is working hard to turn this situation around by pairing families with highly-screened and highly-trained volunteer drivers to ensure that every child has access to the subspecialty medical care and support services he or she needs.
Regular attendance at appointments as well as the companionship that often develops between families and drivers is having a positive impact on the lives of families with sick children during what is frequently a very isolating time. Dependable access to medical appointments helps doctors provide timely treatment, fulfills a crucial need in the community, and improves children’s health outcomes.
More Than Just a Ride
Less than two and a half years ago, we drove our first seriously ill child to a medical appointment in Lansing. Since then, we have driven children to hundreds of appointments. Our team of 46 volunteer drivers works closely with our families in ways that enhance community ties while breaking through the significant isolation they experience when caring for their seriously ill child.
Since The Davies Project began in December 2014, we have provided hundreds and hundreds of rides for seriously ill children to local medical appointments that likely would have been missed without our support. Interestingly, we are the first in the country using volunteer drivers to tackle transportation for all kinds of sick children. We also drive transportation-challenged expectant moms to prenatal care and take parents to spend time with their hospitalized infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).