Joes Covee Car
Free Vaccine Ride Service

Helping to stop covid-19, one ride, one shot at a time.

About


Joes Covee Car is a community service to offer free rides to vaccine appointments for residents of central NJ. Contact us for ride availablility.

Joe and Shirley wanted to do something to promote vaccination and reduce suffering for families in our community. Public transportation is severely limited in our community and there are many elderly and others who do not have transportation to get them to their vaccine appointments. Since, Joe loves cars and Shirley loves to solve problems, they created Joes Covee Car; The project provides free rides to those who need them in our community.

Helping to stop covid-19, one ride, one shot at a time.

Meet Us


Joe Cicchetti


Founder

After a lifetime as a Sales and Marketing Dir, I retired to devote my time to creative pursuits., My passion for restoring vintage cars and working with Shirley restoring antiques has provided many opportunities to serve our community in our unique way; including Joes Covee Car.

Shirley Limburg


Co-founder

As a recently retired Verizon, Sr, Engineering Manager, I leverage my technology and management skills to help promote Joes Covee Car helping to stop covid-19, one ride, one shot at a time.

Alan Kendall


Driver - Union County or Middlesex County area, including Woodbridge, Edison, Linden, Rahway, Westfield, Linden, Clark, Carteret, Perth Amboy, Elizabeth, etc.

When Alan not driving people to get vaccinated, He acts in theatre and film. Perhaps you will see him perform at a murder mystery dinner theatre. He is also busy with auditioning and Door Dash. He lives with his beautiful wife, Frances, and their two adorable dogs, Lulu and Ewen Gerry.

Our Story


Hi it's Joe and Shirley of Joes Covee Car.

If you are reading this, you surely want to know more about us before you commit to taking a ride in Joes Covee Car.

We are retirees who know the sadness of losing loved ones to disease. As retirees we have time to be of service. As neighbors, we are honored to help our neighbors avoid getting covid or spreading it to their loved ones.

Why offer free rides for vaccines?

The service we provide is a free ride to your vaccine appointment for individuals who live in and around Hunterdon and Warren counties in NJ. Very little public transportation exists in our area and many people need a ride, so Joe's Covee Car was created.

The Process

Clients contact us via email, phone or, this site. They need to provide name, address, telephone number and appointment details in order for us to make sure we can provide our service to our neighbors. We will keep all of the data confidential. 

We call to verify information and let them know if we can make it. Once the ride is set, we call them within 24 hours of the scheduled ride to make sure they feel well, we go over details, and make sure nothing has changed. We remind them to have their paperwork needed, especially vaccine card for the second dose, where applicable.

Before the ride we make sure we have gas, sanitize the car, make sure all car and driver paperwork is in place and verify all our trip details. Then the driver puts on their mask, gets into the car and drives to the client address. Once we get to the clients home the driver will take their temperature, ask them to sanitize their hands, makes sure they have a mask on, and help them if needed into the car. 

Once at the vaccine site, the driver will help the client if needed to get to their vaccine.

Wait.

Help them back into the car and drive them home. If it is a first shot, the driver will ask if they need a ride to the second and make that appointment.


On a personal level: 

Joe and I observed his parents struggling to get scheduled. Joe and I drove them to get their shots. BTW they did great with the shots. Both are fully vaccinated and had just a little down time with the second dose.

Joes dad is a WW II vet. His mom is a retired school teacher. They needed our help.

I guess you could say love and compassion are why we do it. 


Joe’s Inspiration – Help stop Covid, one ride, one shot at a time.

Shortly after the pandemic was declared, I learned one of my childhood friends had died from Covid. Several more friends got very sick from covid, so I cooked meals and dropped them off while they recovered. Shirley’s daughter, Jessica, kept seeing people die from covid because she is a nurse. Jessica caught covid, her husband and baby caught it as well. They all recovered but it was difficult for all involved. It has never been just somebody else’s problem. It affects our entire community. 

Surely, there was a way to help my community and incorporate my passion for cars. The idea of Joes Covee Car was born. The Fiat was purchased due to its rounded shape.Joe built 50 of the spike proteins you now see on the car. They are made from dryer fluff balls and PVC pipe, that were spray painted. They attach to the car with Alien Tape.

The original proposal, delivering groceries with the Fiat, was impractical. We cannot do everything but we can do something, so let’s figure out how we can help our community.

As the news reported ever growing death tolls, we imagined the pain of the families. I remembered the anguish my family went through when my brother died several years earlier from 9/11 disease. I could not sit idly by. My goal for Joe's Covee Car was to somehow help other families not go through the pain we did. If I can help people get their vaccinations and help slow the spread of infections there could be less suffering. In our rural community transportation options are severely limited so those who cannot drive are isolated. Their neighbors work full time. Thankfully we are retired and can drive. We started after we were both through the immunization process.


Shirley’s Inspiration – Helping to stop Covid-19, one ride, one shot at a time.

As a child I contracted mumps which left me with one deaf ear. Throughout life I have learned to live with it, but I struggle with conversations and those around me are affected as well.

Mumps is now preventable due to effective vaccines. The vaccine arrived too late for me, However, it is readily available to protect our children and future generations.

My friend, Joan , had a distinct limp due to post-polio syndrome.  Decades after recovering from Polio, it made her muscles in one leg atrophy which caused her pain as she walked or stood.  

Polio vaccines have virtually erased that scourge from the USA.

Effective vaccines have saved many lives and prevented disabling conditions in other lives. The Covid-19 vaccine will do the same.

Joe's Covee Car has one goal:

Helping to  stop covid-19, one ride, one shot at a time.

Get Involved


 Drive Clients

If you want to give back to your community by driving for Joes Covee Car contact us. All potentials drivers will be interviewed to make sure we are good fits with each other. Joes Covee Car will only consider drivers who have been fully vaccinated, have a clean reliable vehicle, a clean license and proof of car insurance. Help stop covid-19, one ride, one shot at a time.

Get the Word Out

You always wanted to put your social media skills to good use. You want to help end the pandemic. You love to do tasks that add meaning to your life. Come join us in promoting Joes Covee Car. Help stop covid-19, one ride, one shot at a time.

Get the Word Out

You always wanted to put your social media skills to good use. You want to help end the pandemic. You love to do tasks that add meaning to your life. Come join us in promoting Joes Covee Car and help Stop Covid, One ride at a time.

Donate


$25

Donation Amount

Contact


  • Flemington, New Jersey, United States

Please include your vaccination appointment details: Date, Time, and Location.


F.A.Q


How do I arrange a ride to my vaccine appointment?

Fill out the form on the contact page, or Email to joescoveecar@gmail.com and let him know you need a ride. He will have a conversation with you to get your information and determine if there is a driver who can help you when it is needed.
Joes Covee Car will need your name, address, telephone number and appointment details: Date, Time, and location.
Once your Covee Car appointment is made we will contact you within 24 hours of your vaccine appointment to make sure you are well and still need your ride.

PS  we only need your information to help you get your ride. We do not sell, share or use your information except to help stop covid-19, one ride, one shot at a time.

How will you keep me safe during the ride?

We sanitize the Covee Car after every ride.
We will not drive any persons exhibiting covid symptoms.
Your driver and all passengers will be required to sanitize hands, and wear masks during the entire Joes Covee Car experience.
We have clean driving records and maintain our cars to keep them safe.
Drivers have a checklist to follow to make sure they have done everything required to help you stay safe and get to your appointment.

Your data is not shared. It is only used to make and keep the ride scheduled so you can get your covid-19 vaccine.

If you have any specific concerns, please ask Joe when the two of you discuss your appointment.

Helping to stop covid, one ride, one shot at a time.

Can you take two people at once?

Yes, we have a car  other than Joe's Covee Car which we will sanitize and use for your ride. Details will be worked out before we pick you up.

What do you expect from me as a rider?

As a rider, we will expect you to provide accurate appointment details and be ready at the time we tell you we will pick you up.
if it is your second vaccine, be sure to have your vaccination card with you and any other documents your vaccine provider told you is needed.
Before the ride we will take your temperature to make sure you do not have a fever. If you have any signs of Covid we will ask you to reschedule after you have a negative test or have been quarantined for 10 days. 
Before the ride we will have you sanitize your hands. You will need to wear your mask for the duration of the Joes Covee Car ride.

If for any reason you decide not to use this service, please let us know right away. We understand a family member or friend may offer to drive you or you may have another reason to change your mind. Just let us know by any of the contact methods we have; Call, email or contact us form. That way we may be able to help somebody else.

Help stop covid-19, one ride, one shot at a time.

What can you tell us about your volunteer driver, Alan?

Alan has a volunteer spirit and we are thrilled to have him help us extend our ability to help get more people vaccinated. Best we let Alan tell you about himself!

"Hello One and All! My name is Alan Kendall.

I live within Middlesex County of New Jersey.  You need a ride for your COVID vaccination?  Have no fear for I am here.
When I am not taking rides to help people get vaccinated, I am an actor of theatre and film. I currently do murder mystery dinner theatre while auditioning and do Door Dashing. All the while, I live with my beautiful wife, Frances, and our two adorable dogs, Lulu and Ewen Gerry.
If you live within the Union County or Middlesex County area, I would be willing to pick you up! Some of these towns include Woodbridge, Edison, Linden, Rahway, Westfield, Linden, Clark, Carteret, Perth Amboy, Elizabeth, etc.

 So what do you say?  Let’s do this!!!!"

What can you tell us about your volunteer driver, Alan?

Alan has a volunteer spirit and we are thrilled to have him help us extend our ability to help get more people vaccinated. Best we let Alan tell you about himself!

"Hello One and All! My name is Alan Kendall.

I live within Middlesex County of New Jersey.  You need a ride for your COVID vaccination?  Have no fear for I am here.
When I am not taking rides to help people get vaccinated, I am an actor of theatre and film. I currently do murder mystery dinner theatre while auditioning and do Door Dashing. All the while, I live with my beautiful wife, Frances, and our two adorable dogs, Lulu and Ewen Gerry.
If you live within the Union County or Middlesex County area, I would be willing to pick you up! Some of these towns include Woodbridge, Edison, Linden, Rahway, Westfield, Linden, Clark, Carteret, Perth Amboy, Elizabeth, etc.

 So what do you say?  Let’s do this!!!!"

Resources


Joes Covee Car Social Media


Like us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/FreeVaccineRide


Learn More on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXe-scSJaJIF1DyyR3hNf3A

Follow us on Twitter:
@JoesCoveeCar
#JoesCoveeCar
#FreeVaccineRideNJ


Vaccine Resources

https://covid19.nj.gov/finder

https://hunterdoncovidvaccine.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/891546924927251/permalink/936060790475864/

Media Mentions

https://www.autonews.com/service/fiat-500-becomes-covee-car-free-rides-get-vaccine

https://people.com/human-interest/nj-couple-launch-car-service-to-take-neighbors-in-need-to-covid-vaccine-appointments/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/04/19/newjersey-covee-car-vaccines-rides/

https://wpst.com/tags/joes-covee-car/

https://bronx.news12.com/flemington-couples-covee-car-drives-those-without-transportation-to-vaccine-appointments

https://www.nj.com/news/2021/04/nj-couple-creates-covid-car-offers-free-rides-to-vaccine-appointments.html

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/n-j-couple-launch-car-210443728.html

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1602895079901076

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https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/apr/20/in-the-news/

https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/apr/20/in-the-news/

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https://twitter.com/jilevin/status/1384116618934906886

https://www.jedemi.com/awsi-musings/no-ride-no-problem-covee-joe-will-get-you-there/

https://www.dailyadvent.com/news/b9ce34a18d4480187aedfbbda2a37cc3-NJ-Residents-Help-Out-their-Neighbors-with-Joes-Covee-Car

https://healthyhappynews.com/tag/joes-covee-car/

https://within.finance/news/lGHqETIv8rs

https://motorworld.app/new-jersey-couple-launch-car-service-to-take-neighbors-to-their-covid-vaccine-appointments/

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https://snewsi.com/tag/Joe%27s+Covee+Car

https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2209885748671/nj-residents-help-out-their-neighbors-with-joe-s-covee-car

https://gpdelivers.net/new-jersey-couple-offers-free-rides-to-coronavirus-vaccination-sites-aboard-joes-covee-car.html

https://www.insideedition.com/retired-couple-offers-new-jersey-residents-free-rides-to-vaccine-appointments-in-covid-themed-car