Archive for 2010

ITNBluegrass Becomes “Early Adopter” of

December 29, 2010

With your support, we have provided nearly 9,000 rides in Fayette County since we gave our first ride in September 2008!  We are taking people 60+ and adults with visual impairments where they need to go when they want to go!

If you haven’t already, please consider a gift to ITNBluegrass in the remaining days of 2010.  We are pleased to be an “Early Adopter” of, a new initiative of the Blue Grass Community Foundation where potential donors may view extensive portraits of their favorite local charities/nonprofits to make wise giving decisions.  There are at least 75 completed portraits; simply click on the green icon above to view ours.  From there you can donate safely and quickly.

Even if you don’t give to ITNBluegrass, supporting other area nonprofits makes the whole community stronger!  And it only takes a couple of minutes!

For more information about our ride service or to find out the benefits of being a volunteer driver, please call 859-252-8665 or email us at  You may also visit our website at

Thank you!

Ithaca to be Incubator for New Senior Transportation Network

December 26, 2010

A national nonprofit that develops alternative transportation systems for elders is partnering with agencies in Ithaca to develop a similar for smaller cities and rural areas. Read the full story in the Ithaca Journal.

ITNGreaterCincinnati Seeking Volunteer Drivers

December 20, 2010

ITNGreaterCincinnati is reaching out to volunteers on PRWeb, who can give as little as 2 hours per week to help carry out the ITNAmerica mission of dignified mobility for seniors! The article on PRWeb is a fantastic piece on the service that ITNGreaterCincinnati has been providing in their community, and it really calls attention to the sustainability of the ITN model when it has a large pool of  volunteers. Nancy Schuster, ITNGreaterCincinnati’s Executive Director makes a great point by saying that volunteers can even help by giving rides on routes that they already drive, such as to work or to church.


Read the full article here!

ITNGreaterCincinnati Celebrates 1,000 Rides

December 17, 2010

The Enquirer/Cincinnati.Com

Independent Transportation Network of Greater Cincinnati (ITNGreaterCincinnati), a Deaconess Associations Foundation transportation service for area senior citizens and the sight-impaired, provided transportation for its 1,000th rider on Tuesday, December 14.

The network, which relies on volunteer drivers, has been operating only since May. The service provides personal transportation for senior citizens and the sight-impaired to and from work, doctor appointments, and social engagements.

Read the full article

West Hartford Moves To Provide New Transportation Service

December 16, 2010

Town council members hope a new transportation service will improve the lives of senior citizens and the visually impaired.

After seven years of discussion, the council voted this week to enter into an agreement with the Independent Transportation Network of Central Connecticut (ITNCentralCT). The service would allow seniors or the visually impaired to get a ride at any time of the day within a 10-town area.

Read the full article in the Hartford Courant.

Smart Planet: A Sustainable Solution to the Senior Transportation Gap

December 16, 2010

With the first Baby Boomer set to turn 65 next year, industries including the transportation sector are preparing for a senior boom. Read Christina Hernandez piece about Senior Diving and ITNAmerica in Smart Planet.

Senior Transport Service provides 1000th ride

December 14, 2010

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) – West Chester Township resident Frances Norris will be the 1000th rider to use ITNGreaterCincinnati transportation services. The service, which provides dignified transportation for senior citizens, is run by Deaconess Associations Foundation and staffed by volunteer drivers. It has been operating only since May of 2010.

Read the full article

ITNPortland Announces New Executive Director

December 13, 2010

Westbrook, ME – ITNPortland ( announced today that Bob Dunfey has been hired as Executive Director. Bob Dunfey comes with a wealth of experience, having served as a senior federal executive in the Clinton/Gore administration and on numerous nonprofit boards. .   Bob has owned and operated hotels, real estate development projects and a property management company.  He started his career in his family’s company, Dunfey Hotels, now known as Omni Hotels.

Bob is also an endurance runner having completed over 100 marathons including 20 consecutive Boston Marathons as well as many ultra trail marathons with distances up to 100 miles.

ITNPortland Board Chair, Andy Bernstein, said “We are excited to have a new Executive Director who brings a broad range of skills to educate the community about our services and grow the organization to its full potential.”

Katherine Freund, founder and Executive Director of ITNAmerica, commented “I believe Bob can create a model ITN affiliate that will be a valuable resource to developing new ITN’s throughout the nation and the world.”

About ITNPortland

ITNPortland is a local non-profit that provides safe, affordable personal transportation to  seniors and the visually impaired.  ITNPortland provides arm-through-arm, door-through-door service, anytime for any purpose to 18 towns in the greater Portland area.  ITNPortland enables its customers to maintain healthy, independent lives, and provides families with a solution to a complex and growing social problem.  Access to personal transportation allows seniors to stay connected to family, friends and the business community.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica is the first and only national non-profit transportation system for America’s aging population. Its mission is to create an efficient and financially sustainable solution to the transportation needs of seniors and their families throughout the world.ITNAmerica imagines a day when all seniors and adults with visual impairment will have access to transportation when they want it.

Volunteer Training Schedule

December 7, 2010

Ready to hit the road for a good cause? For many people, the holiday season means parties and family activities. But for a senior without a ride or an adult with visual impairments, the holiday season can be frustrating and isolating-with no way to reach fun or even necessary medical appointments. Help make the holidays accessible as a volunteer driver.

At the training session, the benefits of volunteering will be explained, which include a free ITNGreaterCincinnati membership to give to someone plus options on what to do with mileage earned. The best benefit, though, is the good feeling volunteers get by helping others remain active and independent.

Below is a list of upcoming Volunteer Driver trainings for December. Other schedules can be accommodated.


Thursday, December 9, 2010; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Goetz Building, 415 Straight St.- Clifton

Monday, December 13, 2010; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Goetz Building, 415 Straight St.- Clifton

All trainings are in the conference room of ITNGreaterCincinnati, first floor of the Goetz Building. Park in the open lot across from the Goetz Building or the parking garage.

Please email
or call 513-559-2200 with questions or to reserve your space. Attending does not obligate you to drive.

Qualifications for volunteer drivers:

1. Valid Ohio driver’s license and three years driving experience.
2. Acceptable record of safe driving and clean criminal history check.
3. Proof of liability insurance for vehicle and current registration.
4. Personal references from three non-relatives.
5. Not taking drugs/medications that caution users against driving.
6. Ability to lift wheelchairs and walkers, and carry packages up to 25 lbs.

ITNNorthCentralConnecticut Needs Volunteer Drivers

December 6, 2010

Volunteer drivers are needed to provide “dignified” rides to seniors and visually impaired persons 2 hours a week. ITNNorthCentralConnecticut™ is now offering volunteers Transportation Social Security™. Volunteer drivers are reimbursed in cash for occupied miles and earn Transportation Social Security™ credits for their unoccupied miles. Margaret Smith Hale, Executive Director ITNNorthCentralConnecticut™, made the request at a recent volunteer recruitment meeting. In her remarks, Ms. Smith Hale said that “volunteers are critical to the sustainability of the program and giving them a vehicle to build up their own transportation account will allow them to plan for the day when they move from the driver’s seat into the passenger seat.” She explained that “the ITNRides™ program is so sophisticated that it can schedule a volunteer for as little as 3 hours a month and can make sure that the time is convenient to the volunteers other activities. Volunteer as you drive to work or drive to church, it is as simple as that.”

Read the full article at WDRC.