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WANTED: Somerset County residents who need or can give a ride

December 19, 2014

Online survey participants have until Jan. 31 to respond and will be entered into several drawings for $20 Giant Eagle gift card

Somerset, Penn., Dec. 17, 2014 – We have extended the deadline on the Somerset County community mobility survey to Jan. 31, 2015, which means there is still a chance to win one of several $20 Giant Eagle gift cards. The survey will quantify our transportation opportunities, and help to identify solutions to Somerset County’s rural mobility challenges. The deadline has been extended in an effort to gather 100 more responses and ensure a complete and robust analysis of Somerset County’s mobility gaps.

Many Somerset County residents face serious barriers to the most basic standards of living, never mind quality of life because they don’t have cars or the means to drive themselves where they need to go. That’s why the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Behavioral HealthServices of Somerset and Bedford Counties, Inc., together with the Somerset County Foundation, have joined forces with ITNAmerica® to organize a community survey that launched in October. The survey was further supported by a community forum that was covered by The Tribune-Democrat on Nov. 5 at the Area Agency on Aging of Somerset County in Somerset.

At the forum, ITNAmerica® Founder and President Katherine Freund spoke about ITNEverywhere, which the research effort in Somerset County supports. The 20-year-old Independent Transportation Network (ITN), is six years into research and development of ITNEverywhere, a non-profit marketplace concept that would expand mobility options by allowing people to share their private transportation resources.

“It’s a pretty simple concept. We have vehicles and we have people who need rides. And in rural communities, we have rich community spirit. ITNEverywhere is about how we put it all together,” said Freund.

Take our survey – win a Giant Eagle Gift Card!
This community forum kicked off a more comprehensive research effort involving residents of Somerset County. All residents in the greater Somerset County area who are 18 or older in age are invited to take an online survey to help us build a case for change. The survey link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ITNSomersetCounty. The survey will remain live until Jan. 31, 2015. All participants in the survey will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of several $20 Giant Eagle gift cards.

About Katherine Freund
Katherine Freund is a national expert on transportation solutions for America’s rapidly growing community of aging baby boomers who can no longer drive. She has been featured on C-Span and in the New York Times, Forbes and Consumer Reports. In 2008, The Wall Street Journal named her “One of 12 People who are Changing Your Retirement.”

About ITNAmerica and ITNEverywhere
The ITNEverywhere vision is create a non-profit virtual marketplace, to be to community mobility what eBay is to flea markets. ITNAmerica® has conducted six years of research to quantify the need and viability of the ITNEverywhere concept. Now ITN is actively seeking a sponsor to fund the IT solution that will power this non-profit marketplace for sharing private transportation. Interested sponsors may contact Heidi Farber.

ITNAmerica® is the nation’s only non-profit, community-based transportation program serving senior citizens and the visually impaired with door-through-door, arm-in-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 21 states from coast to coast.

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