Archive for November, 2014

Effort started to provide volunteer-based transportation for seniors

November 20, 2014

Charlotte Melson

Charlotte Melson is looking for a few good drivers.

“There is a huge need for older adult transportation,” Melson, executive director of ITNGreaterKansasCity, said last week at an Independence Ministerial Alliance luncheon.

ITN, or the Independent Transportation Network, was started in Portland, Maine, in 1996, and has spread to 27 other cities. ITNGreaterKansasCity started last year in Lee’s Summit, and Melson, with an office at the Ennovation Center in Independence, is looking to expand in Independence next.

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ITNAmerica Finalist in Competition

November 17, 2014

 abc* Foundation Continuity Forum Logo

ITNAmerica is one of 23 finalists lined up to present before the abc* Foundation Continuity Forum, an event for leaders implementing smart, sustainable and replicable solutions to large-scale problems. ITN Founder and President Katherine Freund will deliver a proposal for a National Volunteer Driver Campaign at the forum in Miami on Nov. 13 and 14.

From the 23 presentations, abc* will select three winners to receive $100,000 each and two years of marketing and communications support to design and launch their program. If selected, ITN’s program would be supported by a full-time national coordinator position to be able to increase rides for our senior and visually impaired customers by increasing volunteer driver recruitment, retention, and rewards programming.

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Stories from war: honoring our veterans

November 12, 2014

Stories from war: honoring our veterans

Bronze star recipient Major Harold Jellison discusses his experience as a marine during the war and earning the bronze star.

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ITNGreaterSanDiego helps retired Major pursue his passion for teaching piano

November 11, 2014

ITNGreaterSanDiego helps retired Major pursue his passion for teaching piano videoITNGreaterSanDiego will honor member rider Major Hal Jellison as part of a special Veteran’s Day Family Fundraiser celebration in San Diego this evening. Major Jellison is a US Marine Corps combat veteran who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam over a 26-year military career. He was nominated for the Silver Star and received a Bronze Star with Valor. In his post-military career, Major Jellison earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and has taught music for more than 35 years – a passion that ITNGreaterSanDiego helps him continue at age 88.

In honor of all of the Veterans that ITN proudly supports with pursuing their passions in communities around the nation, please enjoy this video from ITNGreaterSanDiego about Major Hal Jellison.

Somerset group shares vision for county-wide ride program

November 6, 2014

Katherine Freund of ITNAmerica outlines possibilities for a Somerset County shared ride transportation network during a meeting Wednesday at Somerset County Area Agency on Aging.

SOMERSET, PA – Grass-roots organizers are envisioning county-wide ride sharing through an online network of screened volunteer drivers and screened riders, with church vans, public transportation and donated vehicles thrown into the mix.

The Somerset County steering committee members were joined by agency leaders and others to pack a conference room Wednesday as ITNAmerica founder and President Katherine Freund outlined her non-profit organization’s initiative to adapt its successful urban transportation model to rural areas.

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