Archive for August, 2008

Network Offers Enfield Area Seniors Another Transportation Choice

August 25, 2008

By Shawn R. Beals, Courant Staff Writer

Senior citizens in the north central part of the state who can no longer drive will have another option this fall for getting around on their own.

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Picnic Honors Founding Donors

August 20, 2008

ITNNorthCentralCT held a picnic on August 20, 2008 in East Windsor, CT to honor and thank founding donors. In attendance were Rockville Bank Foundation, Woman’s Club of Enfield, Senior Bus Committee of Enfield, Allied Community Services, Enfield Commission on Aging, and Hazardville United Methodist Church. In his remarks to the group, Senator Harris said that he had long imagined such a day, and this group was exactly how he had imagined it – truly community based.

Front Board Members left to right: Gilbert Hayes, Pamela Brown, Board Chair Fran Walenta Standing left to right: Board Member Lucy Peoples, State Representative Faith McMahon, Board Member Marcia Hess, Board Member Betsy Hope, Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale, Senator Jonathan Harris, Board Member Nick Miller, Board Member Betsy Burn

ITNNorthCentralConnecticut to Serve Enfield and Bloomfield

August 17, 2008

Hartford Courant

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ITNCentralCT Receives Grant from the Aetna Foundation

August 6, 2008

The Aetna Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to ITNCentralCT in support of seniors and people with visual impairment in the towns of Middletown, Portland, Cromwell, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, East Hampton, Haddam, East Haddam, Middlefield and Durham.

ITNCentralCT‘s mission is to provide a dignified transportation alternative for people over 60 and the visually impaired. The Independent Transportation Network®® offers rides 24 hours a day/seven days a week, for any purpose and any destination within the service area, using private cars, and arm-through-arm, door through door service.

ITN® is a membership organization, and the fares for rides are about half the cost of a taxi. Scholarships are available. Riders are often those who have given up their car keys, or older drivers who are restricting their trips to daylight hours, good weather or familiar routes. The service uses a combination of paid and volunteer drivers.

Co-Chairman of the ITNCentralCT board of directors Bill Wasch said, “Volunteers are key to our success. Social isolation for older people is a serious problem, but volunteers get our members back out into the community. If you enjoy driving, hearing great stories, and helping out, please call us at (860) 346-RIDE for more information.”

JFCS receives funding to offer transportation services to seniors

August 4, 2008

Sarasota-Manatee Jewish News

Jewish Family & Children’s Service efforts to help establish a new affiliate of ITNAmerica® in Sarasota have been successful. With a $125,000 start-up grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund, the JFCS effort will bring this award-winning senior transportation service to Florida.

ITNAmerica is the first national, nonprofit transportation network for America’s aging population. Like other ITN affiliates, ITNSarasota is designed to become sustainable without on-going taxpayer support for operations. Through reasonable fares from the people who use the service and a diversified base of voluntary local community support, ITNSarasota will build the strong and necessary grassroots support that sustains nonprofit organizations.

ITNSarasota will serve seniors and people with visual impairments throughout Sarasota County.

ITNAmerica‘s role throughout this process is to support ITNSarasota in its efforts through technology, training, marketing and communication with the community and other ITN affiliates across the country. JFCS’ role is to provide a sheltering home for the startup organization as it gains strength from the seniors, families and businesses in the Sarasota community and prepares to deliver rides.

The process to plan the new ITN and prepare for First Ride Day takes nine to 12 months.

“This incredibly creative transportation option for seniors came to our attention thanks to the intensive community research and study of SCOPE and our Human Service Focus Team,” said Stewart W. Stearns, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “We are delighted to be partnering with JFCS to deliver such an innovative and long-term solution to the isolation and loneliness of an important segment of our population.”

To become a volunteer driver or a member of ITNSarasota, or to donate or trade a car for rides, call Pamela Baron, JFCS director of senior services (941.366.2224).

Sarasota-Manatee Jewish News

ITNGreaterLA First Rides

August 4, 2008

Director of the California Department of Aging Lynn Daucher delivers the official First Ride for ITNGreaterLA to Norman Jacob, one of the founding members of the Writer Guild of America, on August 22, 2008.

ITNAmerica and its national insurance partner Liberty Mutual presented a “Make Every Ride Count” grand opening event on August 22 and 23 at Whole Foods. Director of the California Department of Aging Lynn Daucher delivered the First Ride.