Archive for June, 2011

Caesars Entertainment V.P. Named to ITNLasVegasValley Board

June 28, 2011

David Reese, Vice President of Human Resources for Caesars Entertainment, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of ITNLasVegasValley. “I join with my fellow board members in welcoming David Reese,” said Kathy McClain, Board Chair. “David has extensive experience and expertise that will be terrific assets for the organization.”

Before joining Caesars, Reese worked for Macy’s Inc. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. He received his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and his BA from the University of California Los Angeles. Reese also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Nevada State College.

Upon accepting his appointment to the ITNLasVegasValley, he said he was honored. “I believe that my background in addressing and solving senior needs will be helpful to the organization as it expands it services.”

7 signs Dad shouldn’t drive anymore

June 22, 2011

You may have to decide how to tell an elderly parent that it’s no longer safe to continue driving. But first you’ll need to recognize when it’s time.

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ITNCharlestonTrident: Organization fails to win car, benefits from exposure

June 20, 2011

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The official results of Toyota’s Cars for Good contest are in — ITNCharlestonTrident finished a close second.

Despite the disappointment of coming so close to winning a brand new Toyota Prius, ITN Executive Director Jim Ledbetter said the organization has greatly benefited from exposure garnered by the contest.

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ITNRacineCounty: ‘Tiramisu and training’ for volunteer drivers

June 16, 2011

RACINE — Those interested in being volunteer drivers are invited to bring their own brown bag lunch to ITNRacineCounty‘s™ “Tiramisu and Training” at 1 p.m. today and on June 23 at 4900 Spring St., Suite 104. Tiramisu and coffee will be provided.

See the full article in The Journal Times

Baby boomers will have limited choices for transportation as they age, report says

June 15, 2011

The baby boomer generation is starting to retire and, in the not-too-distant future, many will reluctantly start turning in their cars as the infirmities of age take hold.

That could be a big problem in Orlando and much of the country because millions of boomers will have little access to public transportation such as buses or trains, according to a study released Tuesday by Americans for Transportation, which promotes mass transit.

Another option for seniors: Independent Transportation Network Orlando [ITNOrlando], a largely volunteer group that takes seniors to and from their destinations for a small fee. The group has nearly 300 clients, almost 50 volunteers and provides about 500 rides a month….

Read the full story at the Orlando Sentinel

Vote for ITNCharlestonTrident on June 15th

June 15, 2011

Please vote TODAY for ITNCharlestonTrident.

They are a finalist in the Toyota Cars For Good Program, an online competition for non-profits who use cars to meet their missions. The winner receives a new Toyota Prius. For ITNCharlestonTrident, it will be used to continue providing personal transportation to seniors and the visually impaired, anytime for any purpose. As of this posting, ITNCharlestonTrident is in second place! One minute of your time to click and vote will help make a difference in many lives.

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And, don’t forget to spread the word by sharing this link. Thank you!

This Father’s Day, Liberty Mutual Insurance Encourages Drivers to Take Time to Look Out for Dad’s Safety Behind the Wheel

June 10, 2011

Father’s Day is a time for many of us to visit our Dad and let him know how much he means to us. And if your father is a senior citizen, it’s also a time to take a closer look at his health and comfort to see if there’s any way to improve his overall well-being.

Liberty Mutual Insurance, the eighth largest auto and home insurer in the U.S., believes that should include looking for some of the telltale signs of whether Dad is having difficulty driving.

To offer driving alternatives to seniors, Liberty Mutual partnered with ITNAmerica, the first and only national, non-profit transportation network for America’s aging population.

Read more about Liberty Mutual and the ITNAmerica partnership.

COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER: Maintaining the freedom to go as you please

June 10, 2011

Read about ITNRacineCounty in The Journal Times.

Katherine Freund to Present at the Volunteer Driver Symposium – June 30th, 2011

June 8, 2011

The San Mateo County Transit District and San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier present the San Mateo County Volunteer Driver Symposium. This event will bring together current Volunteer Driver program providers to consult with community stakeholders as to the best model for a San Mateo County Volunteer Driver Program.

Thursday, June 30, 2011
8:30 am – 11:30 am
Free event. Please RSVP
Light breakfast will be served

SamTrans Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave, 2nd floor
San Carlos, CA 94070

Click here to RSVP

Click here to view the flier

The Volunteer Driver program includes educating and promoting the development of volunteer ride programs in the county under the auspices of public, non-profit and private entities. The San Mateo County Transit District, in partnership with San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, will host a Volunteer Driver Symposium to educate partner agencies about the various approaches to implementing volunteer driver programs in the summer 2011. Check back here for more information or send a short email to Jean Conger (congerj@samtrans.com) to be updated about the Volunteer Driver Symposium via email.

Encore Motorcars Helps ITNSarasota Provide Rides for Seniors

June 7, 2011

On Thursday, May 19th, Encore Motorcars hosted a Volunteer Recruitment Celebration for ITNSarasota, the Independent Transportation Network, a nonprofit organization providing dignified, affordable, individual transportation for all seniors over 60 and for visually impaired adults of any age. Thanks to Encore, guests were treated to a delicious catered meal and given the opportunity to visit with several ITNSarasota’s volunteer drivers. Interested guests learned why ITN volunteers find volunteer driving such a unique and rewarding experience. Volunteer driver Joanna Stevens said, “At least twice a week, I am able to help an older adult get around town. What’s special about ITN is that we take our riders anywhere they want to go. I have given rides to restaurants, hair salons, doctors’ offices and the grocery store. My riders are able to feel the same sense of independence they had when they were able to drive their own cars.”

“Thanks to Encore Motorcars, we have the potential for five new volunteer drivers for ITNSarasota which would make a huge positive difference for us,” said Donna Dunio, Executive Director. “Even some busy Encore employees signed-on when they learned how important our mission is in keeping the roads safe while enabling older residents to remain involved, healthy, active members of our community.”Dunio added, “ITN is more than a ‘good cause.’ It’s a necessary and innovative answer to enabling our seniors to regain some of the freedom they lost when they gave up their car keys. Our volunteer drivers make this happen. When we thank them, they tell us it’s the most rewarding type of volunteering they’ve ever done.”

“We are deeply appreciative to our new partners at Encore Motorcars and thank George Manooshian, Jr., owner, for sponsoring this Volunteer Recruitment Celebration and the entire Encore team for all they’re doing to help us promote and fulfill our mission,” ITNSarasota Board Chair Art Mahoney said. “Volunteer drivers are our lifeblood; they make the mission happen. And volunteer driving is so much fun; I know because I’m a volunteer driver!”

ITNSarasota is one of 21 affiliates in communities nationwide that replicates the successful nonprofit membership organization launched in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago. ITNSarasota is one of the fastest growing non-profits in Sarasota County. For ITN to fulfill its nonprofit mission, it needs volunteer drivers. The fees paid by riders provide about 30 percent of the cost of the ride and the remaining 70 percent is covered through fundraising efforts.

For more information on how you can become a Volunteer Driver, donate a car or make a tax-deductible gift to ITNSarasota, please call (941) 364-7530 or visit www.itnsarasota.org.

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