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DARTS' Learning Buddies Featured in Pioneer Press

DARTS' Learning Buddies program was recently featured in the Pioneer Press. For over 20 years, Learning Buddies has connected older adults with students in grades K-5 to work together on class work, share experiences and learn from one another. 


To read the article in the Pioneer Press, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the program and how to become a Learning Buddies volunteer, CLICK HERE


DARTS Meets Standard From Charity Review Council

DARTS is honored to again be rated as "Meets Standards" by the Charities Review Council. Go to to see our latest information or research any nonprofit.


Hastings LOOP Transportation Service Launches with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

DARTS is excited to officially launch the Hastings LOOP transportation service. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 26th, with acting Hastings mayor Danna Elling Schultz, and Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik in attendance.

In response to the growing need to have an affordable alternative transportation system for the city’s seniors, DARTS has been working with the Hastings Transportation Advisory Board for the past several months to introduce a new LOOP service that will offer access to set destinations around the city via a predetermined route. The Hastings LOOP officially begins its scheduled routes on September 6th!

To download a copy of the new Hastings LOOP schedule, CLICK HERE


July 22nd, 2016 - DARTS in the StarTribune

"Hastings seniors to get bus service in September"

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Get your FREE 2016 DARTS Eldercare Resources Guide

Dakota County Eldercare Resources has the most commonly requested services for older adults. This guide contains a wealth of information with the most current names and numbers of services for seniors and people with health issues or who are caring for a loved one.

Call 651-455-1560 to receive your free copy through the mail or, better yet, download now. 


 DARTS Wellness Van


DARTS offers a new transportation service designed to provide an alternative to public transit that's focused on getting seniors to their medical appointments. This new transportation service, sponsored by the Park Nicollet Foundation and called the "DARTS Wellness Van", follows a published route connecting Burnsville residents to a number of medical buildings including Park Nicollet Clinic and Fairview Clinic. Mary Ann Scheffler. a resident at Carefree Living in Burnsville and the Wellness Van's first rider described it as,  "It's just what I needed!".

The DARTS Wellness Van operates one day per week for five hours completing a loop every thirty-minutes.  Passengers can simply hop on at one of the designated stops. Passenger fare is $5.00 per one-way ride.  Vans are wheelchair lift-equipped and deliver passengers to the front door of each building. To receive more information, including a route map, CLICK HERE.


It’s as simple as Groceries – and Conversation

For many, grocery shopping is a just another thing to get done. For Agnes, Nick and Nicole, though, it’s not just about groceries – it’s about spending time together. Nick and Nicole were looking for a way to volunteer in their hometown of Burnsville, MN when Nicole found DARTS online. As an aspiring occupational therapist, Nicole thought that working with the elderly would make a good fit. She got in touch with Barb Tiggemann, the DARTS Volunteer Coordinator, who soon paired them with Agnes, a 78 year old who lived in their area. Read more »