Archive for 2008

ITNCharlestonTrident provides 10,000th ride!

November 21, 2008

Jasiri Whipper, The Post and Courier.

ITNCharlestonTrident celebrated 10,000 rides Monday.

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ITNCharlestonTrident celebrated its 2nd Anniversary and its 10,000th

November 21, 2008
Trident United Way President Chris Kerrigan provided member rider Dr. W.C. Worthington with the Honorary 2nd Anniversary Ride
Trident United Way President Chris Kerrigan provided member rider
Dr. W.C. Worthington with the Honorary 2nd Anniversary Ride

Volunteer Driver Lesley Crum (center), Member Rider Thelma Middleton (right), ITNAmerica Executive Director Katherine Freund
Volunteer Driver Lesley Crum (left), Member Rider Thelma
Middleton (center), ITNAmerica Executive Director Katherine
Freund (right)

10,000th ride media coverage with WCBD and the Post and Courier
10,000th ride media coverage with WCBD and the Post and Courier

A few highlights included:

  • Executive Director Jim Ledbetter appeared on “The Tammy Show,” Comcast 2.
  • ITNAmerica CEO Katherine Freund joined ITN volunteer driver Lesley Crum and member rider Thelma Middleton for the 10,000th Ride.
  • Post and Courier story on the 10,000 Ride.
  • Katherine Freund appeared live on TV Ch 2 WCBD news.
  • Katherine Freund appeared on the “Cheryl Harleston Show,” Comcast 2.
  • Article on ITNCharlestonTrident in “Cause,” the official publication of the Junior League of Charleston.
  • Trident United Way President Chris Kerrigan provided member rider Dr. W.C. Worthington with the Honorary 2nd Anniversary Ride.

ITNCharlestonTrident could not have achieved the success we’ve realized and reached the milestones we’ve accomplished in two years without the tremendous support from our volunteers, funding partners and friends in the Lowcountry, across the state, and across the country.

On behalf of our member riders, board of directors and the staff of ITNCharlestonTrident, THANK YOU!

Jim Ledbetter
Executive Director

Providing transportation to seniors

November 17, 2008

Heather Olinger, WCBD (Count on News 2)

Life is a journey. The irony is that much of it actually is spent driving a car. Few of us think, and even fewer plan for, the day when we’ll have to turn in our keys. But each year, more than one million Americans aged 70 and older stop driving and become dependent on others to meet their transportation needs. And their numbers are growing almost as rapidly as the population is aging.

Independent Transportation Network® (ITN) allows seniors to maintain their independence and their dignity. With safe transportation, older adults remain vital to the economic and social health of their communities. Mobility empowers them. They stay connected to family, friends and community. Businesses retain their valuable customers, and more importantly, adult children find relief from a daunting and complex problem.

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THE THIRD AGE: Elderly have unique transport needs

November 3, 2008

Ann Gowans,  Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, MO

It is estimated that about 600,000 folks 70 or older stop driving themselves every year. One of the most important questions we must ask and problems we must solve during the next five to 10 years is: How do we keep these people socially active without moving them out of their homes?

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ITNBluegrass has lowered its per-mile charge

October 31, 2008

We have great news to announce: ITNBluegrass has lowered its per-mile charge. Decreased prices for gas since July’s high of $4.15/gallon mean customers will pay less for their rides. Beginning November 1st, ITNBluegrass will charge $1.50 per mile instead of $1.80 per mile.

Where There’s a Wheel, There’s a Way

October 29, 2008

“Cause,” Junior League of Charleston,  Elizabeth Kelly

For nearly two years, ITNCharlestonTrident has been opening more than just car doors around the Lowcountry; it is opening opportunities for seniors and businesses in our community.

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Giving back some independence

October 15, 2008

Stacey A. Silliman, Journal Inquirer

“It’s a nice outlet because I can do what I feel in the moment — it’s like having my own set of wheels,” she says. “I can do fun things, not just go to the doctor.”

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Need a ride? ITN is there for you

October 8, 2008

By Frederick A. Hesketh, Bloomfield Journal

Did you ever imagine a day when you may longer be able to drive? How would you get to the gym, the library, the movies, or even a doctor’s appointment? Maybe that day has already arrived for you.

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2008 Volunteer of the Year!

October 4, 2008

Mayor Strong and Eleanor

Congratulations to Judy Zogus for receiving the Max and Helen Israelite Volunteer of the Year Award. Judy she has never missed a scheduled day of service while providing over 436 rides and driving over 4500 miles to help seniors in Central Florida. Judy began a lifetime of community service through her faith organization in Chicago before retiring to Orlando and Making ITNOrlando the beneficiary of her generosity. But that is not all.

Although rare, sometimes when drivers arrive to pick up a passenger there is no one home. Schedule changes, confusion or simply forgetfulness are the typical reasons. But the reason was much more serious on March 17, 2008 when Judy went to pick up an 80- year old member. When she didn’t get an answer at the door, Judy became concerned and called the ITN office. A call to the member’s home phone was not answered and a call to her daughter heightened concern. Judy and several neighbors walked around the apartment building to see if anything seemed to be wrong. Emergency 911 was called and when they got into the apartment, they found the member lying on the floor where she had fallen the night before. At the hospital they found no broken bones and this 80- year old has mended fairly well. Drivers are asked to wait 15 minutes, but because Judy Zogus cared enough to call the office, to stick around and make sure she was taken care of, our member is alive and well today.

ITNOrlando is forever grateful for Judy’s generosity, hard work, and dedication. Congratulations Judy!

Focus on Community

October 4, 2008

www.mptvfund.org.

Center on Aging partners with ITNGreaterLA for community transportation initiative.

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