Archive for October, 2009

Annual Retreat a great success

October 28, 2009

ITNAmerica hosted the annual Affiliate Retreat at the national offices in Westbrook, Maine, October 22-23, 2009. Board members, staff and volunteers from across the nation attended to learn about sustainability, fundraising, insurance, volunteer management, and more. Sessions were led by ITNAmerica staff, as well as presenters from affiliates sharing lessons from their unique communities. ITNAmerica currently has 14 affiliates.

Terry Brown of ITNCharlestonTrident received the National Max & Helen Israelite Volunteer of the Year Award. Diana Chin of ITNOrlando received the Karl Durgin Memorial Award for Excellence in Operations. Purpose Prize winner and Bonnie CLAC founder Robert Chambers was the keynote speaker.

Join Us Dec. 7 for a Fabulous Wine Dinner!

October 27, 2009

ITNAmerica and ITNPortland present the fourth annual Joel S. Freund Memorial Wine Dinner at the Back Bay Grill, Monday, December 7 in Portland, Maine.  Five courses will be paired with five wines.  Proceeds benefit ITNAmerica and ITNPortland.

Your support means that more seniors and adults with visual impairments nationwide will have access to transportation when they want it.  The Independent Transportation Network® helps keep families and friends together, and preserves communities that otherwise might not have the strength of all its members.

Tickets are $250 per person.
RSVP by December 1 at  207-857-9001 or

Please click here to see the invitation.

Local Volunteer Receives National Award

October 26, 2009

Terry Brown, volunteer driver, grant writer and Chairman of the North Charleston based senior transportation program, ITNCharlestonTrident, was honored October 22 in Portland, Maine, with the national Max and Helen Israelite Volunteer of the Year Award.

The national award, presented at a gathering of affiliates across the nation, is named for Max Israelite, a founding member of the original Independent Transportation Network® board of directors. Founded in 1995, ITN® provides dignified transportation to seniors and adults with visual impairments 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using a combination of volunteer and paid drivers in 14 affiliate communities, from the east coast to the west coast, the Midwest and the South. ITN provides rides with door-to-door, arm-through-arm service to thousands of seniors nationwide.

Serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors, Terry brought to the position his considerable experience in directing other non-profit organizations combined with his outstanding leadership and organizational skills honed in the U.S. Marine Corps where he advanced to the rank of colonel. Terry has guided the ITN affiliate through a period of significant growth in membership and rides while successfully weathering the impact of the downturn in the economy and while functioning in other key volunteer roles in addition to that of Board Chair.

As a volunteer driver, Terry exhibits a caring attitude and a passion for helping member riders remain independent, healthy and socially engaged through the ITN transportation program. Terry has been an active volunteer driver for ITN from day one of the organization and continues to average approximately 25 rides a month.

As the organization’s volunteer grant writer, Terry has been responsible for creating the majority of the many successful funding applications for ITNCharlestonTrident over the last three years. Terry has put in hundreds of hours of volunteer time in writing over 50 grants which have resulted in nearly $500,000 in funding during this period.

ITNCharlestonTrident operates as a non-profit serving the areas of greater Charleston, greater North Charleston and greater Mount Pleasant with funding support from the Trident United Way, Charleston County Council, Town of Mount Pleasant, City of Charleston, Coastal Community Foundation, MUSC, Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Association for the Blind, among others. Celebrating its third year of operation on November 15, 2009, ITNCharlestonTrident provides rides to over 300 member riders and will record its 17,000th ride the week of Oct. 26.

Terry Brown receiving National Volunteer of the Year Award
Terry Brown (on the left) receiving National Volunteer of the Year Award,
with Alan Fried, ITN Chief Operating Officer and Katherine Freund,
founder of the ITN

Senior Transportation Service to Launch in Henderson

October 15, 2009

Nevada Nonprofit News

Co-Founders Fran Smith and Nancy Sprague are pleased to announce the formation of ITNLasVegasValley,™ providing transportation services for seniors and visually impaired adults.

Read the full story.

Advancing Social Innovation in Government: Investing in Community Solutions

October 14, 2009

Representatives from ITNAmerica will attend an exciting forum in the U.S. Capitol exploring how innovative solutions to our country’s most challenging issues can be advanced by working more closely with government – and how we can help support a new wave of government leaders who identify and continuously support the most effective, efficient and sustainable solutions to pressing social problems. The forum will be hosted by Root Cause’s Public Innovators initiative on November 17.

Presenters include social innovators, congressional staff, and government agencies discussing strategies to hit the ground running for the 2010 session of Congress.

Harmony Home Medical Joins ITNSanDiego

October 13, 2009

ITNSanDiego is pleased to welcome Harmony Home Medical as our newest Ride & Shop partner.

Harmony Home Medical will pay $4.00 toward the cost of each ride delivered to their store – $3.00 to the riding member’s Personal Transportation Account and $1.00 to help support ITNSanDiego. Harmony offers affordable, quality solutions for all of your home health care needs. With a full range of medical equipment and supplies, Harmony Home Medical provides superior products and a knowledgeable staff. Riders don’t need to do anything other than book their ride to Harmony Home Medical. Their account will automatically be credited for the ride.

Please help us welcome Harmony Home Medical to the ITNSanDiego family by remembering them the next time you need home medical supplies.

Do you know of a business that would like to become an ITNSanDiego Ride & Shop partner? Call us at
(619) 282-0073.

Special Offer
Receive $100 off the price of any lift chair or 15% off the price of any walker when you mention ITNSanDiego.
(Offer expires October 31, 2009)