Archive for the ‘ITNCoastalCT’ Category

ITN Volunteer Drivers in The New York Times

October 20, 2014

The New York Times

ITN earned some fantastic press in The New York Times this weekend!

Founder Katherine Freund, ITNCoastalCt volunteers Jacqueline Masumian and Joel Beckoff, and Judi Bonilla from ITNGreaterSanDiego‘s Council of Advisors were quoted in the article, which stressed the importance of baby boomers planning for future transportation needs.

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Founders at ITN Coastal CT Celebrate

October 13, 2014

Founders at ITN Coastal CT Celebrate

The founders of ITNCoastalCT, the nonprofit driving service for seniors and the visually disabled, met at the annul fundraiser for ITN at the Pequot Library Friday night.

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Westporter gets award for helping seniors with transportation

November 7, 2013

Westporter Peggy Kamins, long committed to social activism in Westport and surrounding communities, is the inaugural recipient of a national award known as the John Alexander Award for Leadership and Excellence from ITNAmerica, a national organization that offers independent, dignified transportation for senior citizens.

The local chapter of the national network is known as ITNCoastalCT which serves seniors and the visually impaired in six local towns, including Westport. Since 2008, Kamins was drawn to the concept of helping seniors stay independent for as long as possible in their homes where they can age in place with grace and dignity aided by volunteer drivers who could alleviate the many problems that surface when it is no longer possible to drive one’s own car safely.

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Rides available for Fairfield seniors

September 12, 2013

Getting around to medical appointments, shopping, or just going to see a movie can be difficult for seniors. They can learn about a transportation service that can get them where they need to go at a meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the Fairfield Senior Center.

Speaking at the meeting will be a representative of ITNCoastalCT, an nonprofit group that offers what it calls “arm-through-arm, door to door dignified transportation.” Riders are picked up by volunteer drivers who help them into the car and help them into their destination. Seniors can also take one-way rides or have drivers wait for them for a short time.

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Program gives rides to seniors, visually impaired

August 15, 2013

Hannah Smith, a sophomore at Skidmore College, has been working this summer as an intern for ITNCoastalCT, a community-based organization dedicated to providing dignified local transportation for a reasonable cost for senior citizens and adults with visual impairments.

Hannah is only 19, in many cases barely a quarter of the age of the clients she is assisting.

The experience has been a moving one for her, and is culminating in an afternoon tea party she has organized at the Westport Center for Senior Activities which will be held on Aug. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Her goal is to raise money for the ITN Road Scholarship program, which subsidizes rides for low income seniors.

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Volunteer of Year helps senior citizens get around

July 25, 2013

Westport resident Julie Shapiro received a “Volunteer of the Year” award from ITNCoastalCT, a community-based organization dedicated to providing senior citizens and adults with visual impairments dignified local transportation for a reasonable cost. ITNCoastalCT has been building its presence in Westport and surrounding towns over the past three years, garnering new clients as well as volunteer drivers whose shared ambition is to make it possible for seniors to maintain the quality of their lives as they age and can no longer drive.

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ITNCoastalCT Holds Fundraiser

October 8, 2012

ITNCoastalCT Holds Fundraiser

ITNCoastalCT, the nonprofit that provides quality transportation service for Westport and area seniors and adults with visual impairment, held its first fundraiser tonight at the Westport home of Mary Ellen and Jim Marpe. About 100 guests enjoyed a relaxed evening of conversation, finger foods and fine wines to raise funds for the community-supported service to meet the ever-growing need for safe, reliable transportation for seniors. (See Board members include Judith Guthman, Maybeth Wirz, Anne Cole, Cathy Diamond, Lisa Friedland, Lynn Goldberg, Peggy Kamins, Mary Ellen Marpe, Susan Pfister, Stephanie Ross, Ruth Rubin and Leslie Wolf. Nancy McCormick is the executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

A Nite at the Drive In – an event to benefit ITNCoastalCT

September 25, 2012

If Friday night is your usual movie night, why not combine it with a good cause? “A Nite at the Drive-In,” promises to deliver an evening of friends, fun, food, and film for the benefit of  ITNCoastalCT, a community-based service that provides 24/7 door-to-door transportation for seniors 60+ and adults with visual impairment.

“A Nite at the Drive-In” gives a nod to a time when the whole family piled into the Buick to head over to the drive-in to see “Born Free,” or “Grease” while feasting on cheesy fries and burgers. Fast forward to 30-years later and this “Nite at the Drive-In” takes place on October 5 at  Mary Ellen & Jim Marpe’s contemporary Westport home, where guests will sample sophisticated finger food, fine wines, and unique microbrews against a backdrop of music from the 50’s and 60’s and flat screens streaming classic movies.

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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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Service Groups at Sunrise Rotary

January 20, 2012

Service groups at Sunrise Rotary

Representatives from ITNCoastalCT, The Workplace and LINKS: Connections for Independent Living, three of the more than 40 charities and service programs that are the recipients of funds raised by Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, will speak about their organizations at the Club’s breakfast meeting at Bobby Q’s, 42 Main Street, Westport, on Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 a.m. Guests are welcome. There is a $12 fee for the meeting which includes a breakfast buffet.

Nancy McCormick, executive director of ITNCoastalCT, will discuss her transportation service for seniors 60+ and visually impaired adults in the six-town area of Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk, Fairfield and Easton. The dignified service is available 24/7, year-round, in private automobiles with volunteer and paid drivers for any purpose, not only medical appointments.

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