ITNNorthCentralConnecticut recently received a $1,000 donation from the Savings Institute. The Savings Institute donation represents an on-going effort to establish an economically sustainable, regional transportation service for individuals 60 years of age and older or visually impaired and living in the north central Connecticut towns of Enfield, East Windsor, Somers, Suffield, East Granby, Granby, Windsor, Windsor Locks, South Windsor and Bloomfield.
Set to begin operation in January 2008, ITNNorthCentralConnecticut received a start-up grant from the State of Connecticut, a grant from The Hartford Foundation and United Way of North Central Connecticut. In addition to the Savings Institute, donations have been received from The Senior Citizen Bus Committee, Rockville Bank Foundation, Allied Community Services, A.W. Hastings; Dan Roulier, American Eagle Federal Credit Union, First Merchants Group, Hallmark, New Alliance Bank and the Hazardville Methodist Church.
The primary goal of ITNNorthCentralConnecticut is to enable seniors who no longer drive to maintain their freedom and independence, while also preserving their dignity. Those who wish to utilize the service will pay a nominal annual membership fee. In return, they will enjoy peace of mind in knowing that a car and driver are available to them anytime, and that they do not have to ask for favors, plan around the schedules of others, use public tax dollars, travel in groups, or make their way to a pick-up point to reach their destination. Rides will be charged by the mile and will be paid for out of a prepaid account established for each member.
A board of directors has been established to oversee ITNNorthCentralConnecticut. Members of the executive board include, Fran Walenta, Chairperson; Vice Chairperson, Holly Vannucci; Secretary, Susan Lather and Alice Egan, Treasurer. Board Members are Scott Bergrand, Pam Brown, Elizabeth Burns, Gil Hayes, Marcia Hess, Bill Kiner, Nicholas Miller and Lucy Peoples. Anyone interested in learning more about the program, please call Chris Casey at (860) 698-6267.
Savings Institute Branch Manger Ed Palomba (fourth from right) presenting check to Board Members (left to right) Pam Brown, Alicie Egan, Fran Walenta, Susan Lather and Marcia Hess.