Consider taking the #sharearide challenge or just share your story this Spring about how senior mobility has changed your life or the life of a loved one.
March 17, 2015 – PORTLAND, Maine – Spring is in the air – a time to break out of the house, visit garden centers, and reconnect with community. Thousands of older Americans who can no longer drive won’t have the chance to get out and enjoy Spring this season, however. That’s why ITN is inviting Americans to make 2015 the year to #sharearide with an older person and share your story.
There is no better time to give it a try than national volunteer month in April. The challenge is simple and very important to the lives of millions of older Americans who are transitioning from the driver seat every day.
*Proceeds of the #sharearide challenge and fundraiser will be shared between ITNAmerica and your local ITN affiliate in communities with ITN affiliates (www.itnamerica.org/findyouraffiliate), unless otherwise specified by donors.
Don’t know an older or visually impaired person?
We recognize that not everyone knows an older person in their family, at church, or in their neighborhood who needs a ride. Start planning your #sharearide volunteer effort by contacting any of the following organizations to locate a person or organization in need of volunteer drivers:
Aging and losing the ability to drive safely doesn’t need to mean losing the ability to live a full and active life if there are adequate transportation options. But when it comes to transportation, older and visually impaired people are severely underserved, and the unmet need is growing daily. By 2030, 20% of U.S. residents will be aged 65 or older. That’s 1 out of every 5, or nearly 75 million Americans.
“Older people who decide to stop driving outlive their decision by about 10 years. The answer to their unmet transportation needs is parked in driveways from coast to coast,” said ITN Founder and President Katherine Freund. Freund was named an AARP Inspire Award Honoree in 2009, and one of “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement” by the Wall Street Journal in 2008.
If you don’t use social media, you can also submit your story about how mobility has changed your life or the life of someone in your community, you can submit it online here. All participants in the #sharearide challenge are eligible to be part of a “story stop” on Katherine Freund’s 60-day ITNAmerica Storybook Tour this summer and, with permission, may also be featured in the book that she is writing about the Tour.
About the ITN Storybook Tour and #sharearide challenge
ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The #sharearide challenge will surface the stories to serve as the basis for Katherine’s story stops. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the 20th anniversary of ITN’s first ride. Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and help to secure solutions for the next 20 years. Learn more at www.storybooktour.org.
About Katherine Freund
Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers who are planning for their retirement or can no longer drive. She has been featured on C-Span and in the New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post and Consumer Reports. Her passion for transportation safety began 27 years ago, when her three-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old driver. Learn more at http://www.storybooktour.org/about-us.
ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation network for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-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. Learn more at www.itnamerica.org.
Lisa Wolff, Marketing and Communications Manager of ITNAmerica