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