RICHMOND - It's been a long time, but gas prices are finally down.
The average in Richmond right now is $3.09 a gallon for regular, unleaded but some stations are much lower than that - $2.97 in some places and $2.99 in others.
It provides a much-needed break for volunteers, giving up their time and gas money.
Hal Costley has been a volunteer with the shepherd's center of Richmond for the past few years.
Each week he takes seniors who no longer drive to doctor's appointments and to the grocery store.
It's a free service and lower prices at the pump help volunteer drivers.
"It's obviously nicer on our own individual wallets," he says.
The Shepherd's Center serves 21 zip codes throughout the Richmond region with volunteers logging around 1,300 round-trips every year.
Personal services coordinator Julie Adams-Buchanan says distance is taken into consideration to keep costs down for volunteers and when prices drop on their own, it's a win-win.
"It is definitely easier to get new volunteers when gas prices aren't so high because they aren't going to say ‘oh my gosh i have to spend so much money to help out,' so it is nice," she says.
Adams-Buchanan says extra manpower will help keep up with the growing need in the community and hopefully this will be incentive for more people to sign up.
"They don't get any compensation," she says. "They're doing it out of the kindness of their heart, donating their time and car and gas money so it benefits them greatly when they don't have to pay as much."
The last time prices at the pump were this low was in December 2012.
To find the cheapest fill-up, go to richmondgasprices.com.
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