Katherine Freund, Executive Director and Founder of ITNAmerica, spoke at a recent press conference about a future affiliate of the Independent Transportation Network®®, ITNCentralCT. The nonprofit organization will offer rides to people over 60 and those with visual impairments 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for any purpose within the service area, using private cars.
A combination of paid and volunteer drivers will offer arm-through-arm, door-through-door service in Middletown, Cromwell, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Portland, East Hampton, Middlefield, and Durham.
Development Director Brian Rarey said, “We are a community-supported organization — and that means we need your support. We are in the process of raising $100,000 to meet our goal of starting service by August 2008. Please make a donation, or if you have a car you are no longer using, help build our fleet by donating it to our organization. Or volunteer to drive. You will love meeting your older neighbors, and we only ask for three hours a month. As a volunteer, you can earn mileage credits for your own future use, or you can donate your credits to a scholarship fund, your parent, or anyone you care about.”
Supporters of the dignified transportation program include Senator Jonathan Harris, Senator Paul Doyle, Congressional Aide to Rosa DeLauro, Middletown Mayor Sebastian Guiliano, Town Manager Bonnie Therrien and Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield.
Membership is only $40 and is open to anyone who wants to support Press Releases. Everyone benefits from this program. Businesses retain their valuable customers, adult children find relief from a complex problem, public safety is improved, and seniors stay connected with family, friends, and their community. To find out how you can support the creation of ITNCentralCT, please call (860) 346-RIDE (7433).