Bella Vista Courtesy Van

Helping Bella Vista Residents Help Themselves Since 1992

RIDER REQUIREMENTS



To ensure everyone's safety, all drivers and passengers must wear masks and have received their vaccinations and completed the full two-week immunization period following their last shot(s).

Before scheduling the first ride, riders need to provide a copy of their COVID vaccination record by:
— Scanning the card and emailing it to bvcvan@gmail.com, or
— Mailing a copy to 1801 Forest Hills Blvd., Suite 120, Bella Vista, AR 72715.
We require this information before a ride can be scheduled. We will update our records and then destroy the copy.

Caregivers riding with van customers are also required to provide their shot records and wear masks.
As in the past, ride reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance by calling (479) 855-7663.

Anyone interested in being a volunteer driver or scheduler can learn more by calling the number above and leaving a message.

Request a Ride

This service is offered to Bella Vista Residents ONLY.
Requests are made by calling our Office Number 479-855-7663 and leaving a message at least 48 hours and up to 2 months before service is requested.
Your appointment will then be confirmed by one of our friendly schedulers within 48 hours.

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Courtesy Transportation

The Bella Vista Courtesy Van is an all-volunteer organization that transports Bella Vista residents free of charge who can no longer drive, by reason of age or health.

Client Guidelines
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Accessibility

Our vans are wheelchair accessible. We provide transportation from 8:45am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Residents are taken to appointments such as doctors, rehab, beauty shops, as well as for personal trips such as shopping.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: The Courtesy Van will not operate if Bentonville Public Schools close due to inclement weather.

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Service Area

The Courtesy Van travels as far North as the Jane Walmart, as far south as I-49 exit 81, Pleasant Grove. As far east as Dixieland Road and as far west as Centerton's Main Street. We have TWO EXCLUSION ZONES that we DO NOT service: Pinnacle Hills Mall and Village On The Creeks.

Bella Vista residents need your help!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bill Puskas at:

402-981-1571 or bvcvan@gmail.com


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Volunteer Drivers

Two drivers are needed each week day, 5 days a week, to provide transportation to our neighbors. Each driver is asked to serve 2 week days a month from 7:45am to 5:00pm. Volunteers are trained and allowed to choose days which best fit their schedule.

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Volunteer Schedulers

Schedulers are trained and work from home on their personal computer, using an appointment program. A scheduler spends approximately 1 to 2 hours for each assigned day. Previous experience with a computer is very helpful, but you do not need to be an "expert" to use the program. Duties include listening (from home) to office voice messages requesting rides and general information, updating schedules for drivers and confirming the riders' appointments. Each scheduler works 3 to 4 days a month, totaling 3 to 8 hours for the month.

Donate

We need your help and support!

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Your help and support are needed to maintain our free service. The economy has affected our expenses for gasoline, insurance and vehicle maintenance which continue to increase. Please consider making a gift to the Bella Vista Courtesy Van in your will. It is a gift that provides an opportunity to make a significant contribution toward the continuation of services and programs for the Bella Vista community. Our legal name is Bella Vista Courtesy Van, Inc.

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Donations, (none are too small),
can be sent to the following address:

Bella Vista Courtesy Van
1801 Forest Hills Boulevard
Suite 120
Bella Vista, AR 72715

Bella Vista Courtesy Van

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Simply click the button below.

 (credit cards without a PayPal account accepted)

Your help is greatly appreciated!

About Us

Mission: "To provide courtesy transportation for persons who live in the City of Bella Vista who can no longer drive due to age and/or health."

The Bella Vista Courtesy Van has been operating in Bella Vista for more than 25 years. This service is provided free of charge. Its mission is to provide transportation for residents who may not have transportation or cannot drive for one reason or another. The non-profit functions with a crew of volunteers only. There are no paid employees. The volunteers include a board of directors, a driver crew, maintenance volunteers and schedulers who are the administrative/office volunteers.
Courtesy Van exists on donations and grants. It takes quite a sum of capital each year for three vans to be maintained, to pay for fuel, and pay for insurance. Please consider making a gift to the Bella Vista Courtesy van in your will. It is a gift that provides an opportunity to make a significant contribution toward the continuation of services and programs for the Bella Vista community. Our legal name is Bella Vista Courtesy Van, Inc.
Volunteers are vital to the BVCV effort. At least two drivers are required every day, five days per week. They begin their day at 7:45 a.m. Drivers must be younger than 77, have up-to-date driver credentials, be willing to drive twice per month, and be trained by a designated BVCV driver volunteer. Drivers sign up for their preferred schedule each month. Contact Board Chair, Bill Puskas, 402-981-1571 or bvcvan@gmail.com to become a driver.
Schedulers for the BVCV are so dedicated that some have worked for 10 years or longer. The schedulers work from home scheduling and confirming client rides. Schedulers can work 3 to 4 days per month.
The board of directors meet every other month.

Bella Vista Courtesy Van Board Members

Board Member Position Telephone #
Bill Puskas President 402-981-1571
Kevin McGee Vice President 918-906-3933
Louween Schoenhard Secretary 479-295-3239
Bob Pierce Treasurer 337-489-4555
Allen Lovell Driver Coordinator 479-696-9100
Marci Downing Scheduler Liaison 714-865-5059
Vic Horswell Member 479-659-1023
Steve Skaggs Maintenance Coordinator 417-793-2599
Jim Klinger Website Coordinator 928-300-5531