Archive for May, 2010

Senior Mobility Advocates Recognized by
South Carolina

May 17, 2010

The annual South Carolina State Aging Awards recently honored residents and civic groups that impact the lives of seniors across the state. In a ceremony at the State House, Lt. Governor Andre Bauer recognized the efforts of several senior advocates making a difference in South Carolina, including three ITNCharlestonTrident™ volunteers.

Volunteer driver Wood Struthers received the Volunteer Service Award for the more than 800 rides he gave in the last twelve months. With a background as a pilot, first in the United States Air Force and later for United Airlines, Wood understands what’s needed to safely and reliably carry ITNCharlestonTrident member riders to and from their destinations. Wood provides rides four days week and sometimes provides as many as ten rides in a single day! Congratulations, Wood, and thank you for your service!

ITNCharlestonTrident and long-time member of the ITNCharlestonTrident Board of Trustees, David Unwin, were both finalists for the Leadership in Aging Award. ITNCharlestonTrident was lauded for its service to the community, specifically recording its 20,000th ride in April 2010 and having a robust team of volunteers which provide 46% of all rides for the 300 member riders. Unwin was recognized for his tireless advocacy for seniors and his endless involvement in numerous senior activities and organizations, where he has been effective in helping seniors get their voices heard. Congratulations to the Board and Staff of ITNCharlestonTrident and to David. Thank you for your service!

Terry Brown, Chair of ITNCharlestonTrident’s Board of Trustees, was a regional winner of the Outstanding Older South Carolinian Award for his years of support for a variety of senior programs. Brown also serves as a volunteer driver, often providing over 50 rides per month. Congratulations, Terry, and thank you for your service!

See a list of all 2010 Aging Award Honorees.

South Carolina State Aging AwardsTerry Brown: Regional Winner – Outstanding Older South Carolinian Award; Jim Ledbetter (representing ITN): State Finalist- Leadership in Aging Award; South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer; Wood Struthers: State Winner – Volunteer Service Award; David Unwin: State Finalist – Leadership in Aging Award

ITNBluegrass Delivers its 5,000th Ride!

May 5, 2010

Since opening their car doors in 2008, ITNBluegrass celebrated its 5,000th ride on April 28, 2010, at 10:30 am. The ride was given to member Virgie Hiles by volunteer driver Jim Tincher. He drove to her to an eye doctor appointment. The two are considered regulars at ITNBluegrass; Hiles rides 4-6 times a week and Tincher attended the very first volunteer driver training held in 2008.

The 5,000th ride is a wonderful milestone for ITNBluegrass, but the staff recognizes the importance of every ride. Whether it is the 5,000th ride or 4,999th ride (delivered by Donna Baker) or the 5,001st ride (delivered by Richard Myers), every single ride is equally important.

April was a record month for ITNBluegrassin other ways, as well. Since 2008, records were broken in the total number of rides given, the number of unique riders, and number of unique volunteers. ITNBluegrass is grateful for all of its volunteers and member riders. These members of the community are helping ITNBluegrass charge full speed towards their next 5,000 rides.

ITNNorthCentralConnecticut™ Receives Grant from Hartford Foundation

May 4, 2010

After a successful first year in 2009 where 1,700 rides were provided, ITNNorthCentralConnecticut has been awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to expand its operations in the Connecticut area.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is a community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents for the past 85 years. The Foundation receives gifts from thousands of generous individuals and families, and last year, awarded grants of more than $25 million to a broad range of area non-profit organizations.

TNNorthCentralConnecticuthas had a tremendous impact on the members and volunteers who have joined the ITN® network. Read more about TNNorthCentralConnecticutand the people who have been affected by it on the Hartford Foundation’s News Page.

Katherine Freund Speaks “On The Island”

May 3, 2010

On The Island
CBC British Columbia
– Podcast

Listen to Katherine Freund’s interview from April 26, 2010, on a Canadian radio show called On The Island. Radio host Gregor Craigie talks to Katherine about the growing need for a senior transportation service, and how ITN® fills the void left by public transportation with an affordable and independence-restoring solution.

Listen to the podcast.