WATERVILLE — The Augusta Elks Lodge No. 964 on Jan. 30 presented the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP) with a check for $11,509.06 to support the restructuring of its public transit system.

The lodge raised the funds by hosting its third annual Festival of Trees in December. The family event had over 2,500 people attending and purchasing tickets, in hopes of winning one of the 47 themed Christmas trees.

The Augusta Elks, with more than 1,100 members, host numerous events and other fundraising activities each year to support a wide variety of local and statewide organizations. They have a strong commitment to giving back, helping, and investing in the community, according to a news release from KVCAP’s Andrea Pasco.

“When my husband Tim and I decided to chair this event at our lodge we wanted to make it something great for our community,” said Vicki Rodrigue, First Lady of Elks Lodge No. 964. “Each year we consider community organizations that may need extra help. Our committee discussed various options and unanimously agreed that we wanted to help KVCAP’s transportation needs. My mom uses this service to go to Walmart when I can’t take her, which helps me tremendously. We have a fellow Elk who works and drives for KVCAP in the Augusta area and I have an employee who also drives for KVCAP in the Waterville area. I am grateful that we have a local transportation service that can help people get to and from various appointments and businesses.”

On Jan. 2, KVCAP launched its updated public transit service, renamed KV Van. This new model provides convenient curb-to-curb service throughout the cities of Augusta, Waterville/Fairfield, and Skowhegan, and is available to the general public by appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. KV Van also offers direct trips between Waterville and Augusta, by appointment. Individuals may request trips to and from any location within each city’s service zone, including for shopping, employment and recreational activities.

Trips on KV Van must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Fares can be paid with cash when boarding the vehicle, or riders can pre-purchase tickets or monthly passes at any KVCAP office location.

To learn more about the Elks organization, email Rodrigue at trustee@augustaelks.org.

To learn more about the transit service, visit kvcap.org or call 207-859-1500.


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