Archive for February, 2012

ITNCoastalCT seeks volunteer drivers in Weston

February 27, 2012

ITNCoastalCT is looking for volunteer drivers.

ITNCoastalCT provides transportation to help seniors remain independent in their own homes for as long as quality of life permits, and to help visually impaired adults to go beyond bus routes.

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Volunteer Connection: ITNRacineCounty provides senior transportation options

February 24, 2012

ITNRacineCounty started local operations in late 2010 as an affiliate of ITNAmerica, the first and only national nonprofit transportation system for senior citizens. ITN’s genesis was a graduate school project inspired by Katherine Freund’s personal experience with a senior citizen’s involvement in an automobile accident.

Freund discovered through her research that crashes involving senior citizens were symptomatic of a larger nation-wide challenge to provide suitable transportation alternatives for older Americans. Her original thesis proposal produced a project that supplied more than 150,000 rides to seniors and formed the sustainable business model that became ITNAmerica.

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Karen’s Korner – ITNNorthCentralCT

February 21, 2012

See Margaret Smith-Hale, along with members of her Walk for Rides committee, describe the features and benefits of ITNNorthCentralCT, a proud affiliate of ITNAmerica.

ITNNorthCentralCT is a non-profit, membership based, fee-per-ride transportation alternative for seniors and visually impaired adults. Our volunteer drivers take our members where they want to go, when they want to go. Visit http://www.itnnorthcentralct.org for more information.

To find an affiliate in your community go here:
http://itnamerica.org/content/AffiliateSites.php

Transportation solutions for West Roxbury and Roslindale seniors [ITNGreaterBoston]

February 20, 2012

A new transportation system for adults age 60 and older and visually impaired individuals called iTNGreaterBoston debuted in 15 Greater Boston and MetroWest communities including West Roxbury and Roslindale this week.

The nonprofit transportation network matches older adults who are unable or no longer want to drive, with volunteer drivers from their own communities. Carefully screened drivers provide door-through-door rides in their own or donated cars, providing an affordable, flexible mode of transport for seniors often rely on family members when public transportation is not accessible.

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Nonprofit Transport Network to Serve Elders, Visually Impaired [ITNGreaterBoston]

February 16, 2012

February 14, 2012 — A new, community-based, nonprofit transportation network for adults age 60 and older and visually-impaired individuals, called iTNGreaterBoston, debuted in Boston and seven communities, from Brookline to Ashland, last week.

iTNGreaterBoston matches older adults who are unable or no longer want to drive, with volunteer drivers from their own communities. Carefully screened drivers provide door-through -door rides in their own or donated cars, providing an affordable, flexible mode of transport for seniors often reliant solely on family members when public transportation is not accessible.

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Natick Welcomes Ride Service for Seniors and Disabled [ITNGreaterBoston]

February 14, 2012

ITNGreaterBoston began service to the area last week. Seniors and the visually impaired who become members will have “door-through-door” service to and from doctors appointments, errands and more.

The local affiliate of growing senior rides provider ITNAmerica, known as ITNGreaterBoston, made its move to the area last week. The nonprofit organization, fueled by volunteer drivers, now serves 15 new communities in the Greater Boston and MetroWest area, including Natick.

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New ride service gives MetroWest seniors measure of freedom [ITNGreaterBoston]

February 14, 2012

By Michael Morton/Daily News staff

A recently launched nonprofit program is giving some MetroWest seniors more transportation freedom when they hang up their keys — or decide not to hit the road in times of heavy traffic, bad weather or decreasing daylight.

Modeled after similar low-cost networks across the nation and initially funded with a three-year, $600,000 start-up grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation, ITN-GreaterBoston includes Framingham, Ashland and Natick in its coverage area.

Organizers recruit volunteer drivers who use their own cars for pickups, with the helpers first providing references and proof of insurance and going through background checks for any crimes or previous problems on the roads.

Riders must be at least 60, or have impaired vision if younger. They also have to pay a $60 annual membership fee, though that gets them $30 worth of transportation credits.

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Innovative Senior Transportation Network Begins in 15 Boston and MetroWest Communities [ITNGreaterBoston]

February 14, 2012

A new transportation system for adults age 60 and older and visually-impaired individuals debuted in 15 Greater Boston and MetroWest communities from West Roxbury to Ashland, this week.

iTNGreaterBoston is a nonprofit transportation network that matches older adults who are unable or no longer want to drive, with volunteer drivers from their own communities. Carefully screened drivers provide door-through -door rides in their own or donated cars, providing an affordable, flexible mode of transport for seniors often reliant solely on family members when public transportation is not accessible.

It’s a model that has caught on across the country, establishing a network that is both local and national, allowing volunteer drivers the ability to bank their time for future rides for themselves, friends or family, in any of the 22 affiliated networks across the US.

“This is not just a ride to and from the health center or the grocery store; but an opportunity for residents of the same town to build connectivity and for organizations to increase their collaborative impact within the community,” says Jean Patel-Bushnell, Executive Director of iTNGreaterBoston.

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ITNGreaterCincinnati [Video Podcast]

February 14, 2012

…“Driving means freedom and independence.” Tune-in today as you learn about a new local transportation service that includes “door-through-door” service to any destination within the I-275 loop in Greater Cincinnati. Liz and Nancy discuss how you can receive affordable rides in private cars for any purpose 24/7 to anywhere for those people 60 or older or for those who are visually impaired. Learn more about this service by E-mailing: info@ITNGreaterCincinnati.org or log onto www.ITNGreaterCincinnati.org or call 513.559.2200 to arrange a ride.

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New Group Offers Rides For MetroWest Seniors [ITNGreaterBoston]

February 10, 2012

Written by
Livia Gershon

A new transportation system to provide older adults and people with visual impairments with door-to-door rides started this week in Greater Boston and the MetroWest area.

iTNGreaterBoston, an affiliate of iTNAmerica, which has 21 other networks across the country, is a nonprofit network that provides volunteer drivers for people who might otherwise be isolated in their homes.

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