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Flashback, Phil Bowhay: Going my way?

April 17, 2017

One of the better things about not driving anymore — seriously mature, visually impaired, among other things — is the people you meet. Those behind the wheel that pick you up, drive you around and bring you home again, or to hither and yon, your choice. I tell you this as a public service. Sure, there are friends and relatives who are happy to give a ride, but now and then, well, you know the rest.

Of course, if you live in the center of Pacific Grove, it’s an easy walk or stroll to Grove Market, Fandango or any number of fine establishments. On the other hand, if you want to visit Ryan Ranch, Monterey, Carmel, the airport or places in between and beyond, better to pay a little, with no strings attached. All of this takes me back to the good old days when we hitchhiked. Lots of stories there, but later.

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ITNMontereyCounty Competitor in USA Today’s “A Community Thrives”

April 13, 2017

April 12, 2017, Monterey, CA – USA Today Network has launched a grant competition titled, “A Community Thrives” (ACT). National nonprofits have created videos to inform their communities about the amazing work they do, but to also win the opportunity to be considered for a $50,000 or $100,000 grant. ITNMontereyCounty has created a video: http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/59852992. Voting begins at 11:59am EST on April 12, 2017 and ends at 11:59am EST on May 12, 2017. Vote by visiting the A Community Thrives (ACT) official website during the Voting Period. Maximum one (1) vote per person, per day. All applicants will receive an email informing them if their application will move onto judging or not.

Vote now for ITNMontereyCounty

Up to 10 applications with the highest votes in each category will be reviewed by a panel of judges after the Voting Period ends. Judges will make their decision based on (1) nature of the community project/need, (2) viability of the community project/need, and (3) evaluation of long-term impact of the proposed community project/need. The panel will determine the top three (3) applications in each category to be granted Awards. The first place application in each category will receive one (1) $100,000 grant. The second and third place applications in each category will receive one (1) $50,000 grant each.

About ITNMontereyCounty
Dignified transportation for seniors

Beginning its service in 2012, ITNMontereyCounty (itnmontereycounty.org) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides 24 hour/7 days-a-week transportation to help seniors (age 60 and older) and visually-impaired adults (age 18 and older) to remain independent and active in Monterey County. Supported by members and donors, ITN Monterey County provides 24 hour dignified transportation for seniors in private autos, insured and inspected, with arm-through-arm, door-through-door service with affordable fares. ITNMontereyCounty currently over has 345 members who have received over 31,000 rides in 12 local communities within Monterey County. Volunteer drivers drive at their convenience in their own cars and give rides that are typically less than 20 minutes. They meet interesting people while helping others, plus they earn credits for themselves or a loved one, or receive mileage reimbursement. Seniors may also trade in their automobile for credits. The service may be used for any purpose, without restriction, in an ITNMontereyCounty service area. ITNMontereyCounty members often use the service to attend senior college, to get their hair done, to shop at the mall, or to go out on dates. The organization currently needs more volunteer drivers and donors. For more information, go to itnmontereycounty.org or call (831) 233-3447.

ITNMontereyCounty was honored to be interviewed on Brickman Banter

October 6, 2016

ITNMontereyCounty was honored to be interviewed on Brickman Banter. To reach the ITNMontereyCounty portion of the interview please begin about 30 minutes in.

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The Californian: Nonprofit provides rides for seniors

August 22, 2016
Doris Beach, left, celebrates the (ITN) Independent Transportation Network/Monterey County by taking the 25,000th ride.

Doris Beach, left, celebrates the (ITN) Independent Transportation Network/Monterey County by taking the 25,000th ride. Executive Director of ITN in Monterey County Aimee Cuda stands with her. (Photo: Laureen Diephof/For The Salinas Californian)

Transportation is a key ingredient to help insure that Monterey County senior citizens maintain their independence. On Aug.5, BMW Manager Paul Giovino hosted the 25,000th ride of ITN Monterey with Executive Director of ITN Aimee Cuda at his dealership in the Seaside Auto Mall.

Independent Transportation Network/Monterey County (ITN) strives to meet the Monterey County seniors’ needs and those efforts were celebrated on Aug. 5 at the BMW Seaside location. BMW Manager Paul Giovino provided the space to hold the celebration.

In the tradition and the requirement of ITN’s program, Beach was picked up at her door and taken to the door of her destination, Seaside.

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Seaside Post News-Sentinel: Jeff Craig, Volunteer Driver For ITN Monterey County

August 10, 2016
Jeff Craig, Volunteer Driver for ITN Monterey County

Jeff Craig, Volunteer Driver for ITN Monterey County

This unique service is not only about transportation but building friendships and helping to keep independence for seniors and the visually impaired. You can become a member completing an online application or download and mail on to us.

Recently, ITNMontereyCounty had a member sign on who needed the service only for a couple of months while he recovered from open heart surgery.

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The Carmel Pine Cone: Marriage, work or volunteering, he’s in it for the long haul

August 5, 2016
Jeff Craig, seen here with his wife of 47 years, Carolyn, is a perennial volunteer for several Peninsula organizations.

Jeff Craig, seen here with his wife of 47 years, Carolyn, is a perennial volunteer for several Peninsula organizations. PHOTO/RANDY TUNNELL

HE’S GIVEN 3,500 rides to people over the last four years, but he’s not a cabbie, nor is he an Uber kind of guy. Jeff Craig is a volunteer with ITN Monterey County — the Independent Transportation Network — which helps seniors and those with vision problems with low-cost rides.

Craig said volunteer drivers use their own cars and the service, which is operated on a membership basis, is available on-demand or by pre-planned appointment. Seniors frequently use it for medical visits, but they can use it for anything else, like visiting the grocery store or taking classes at MPC. Craig said the second-most-popular destination is the beauty salon. He’s been driving for the nonprofit since 2012 and is currently the chair of its board.

There are more than 50 volunteers and 300 member-riders, and Craig said they give an average of 50 rides a day, most of them less than four or five miles. The bulk of the rides occur Monday through Friday.

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Monterey County Weekly: 25,000th Ride Celebration at BMW of Monterey

August 5, 2016
25,000th Ride Celebration at BMW Monterey

25,000th Ride Celebration at BMW Monterey

ITN Monterey County provides rides to seniors 24-hours a day, 7-days a week in nearly every community in the county. To date, their volunteers have given over 25,000 safe passages to our elderly citizens who have age-related issues that don’t allow them to drive safely. Congressman Sam Farr and other local elected officials come to BMW of Monterey to join ITN, some party-minded seniors and snacks from Eddison & Melrose Tea Room to mark the milestone. ITN receives zero public funding and depends on donations and good people to keep this vital service running.

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The Californian: ITN Monterey County awarded matching grant

February 12, 2016

The Independent Transportation Network Monterey County has been awarded a $10,000 matching grant from the Harden Foundation. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

The purpose of the grant is to continue providing rides for seniors and visually impaired adults. Community members that would like to contribute to this worthy cause can donate at itnmontereycounty.org or by mailing donations to ITN Monterey County, 5 Harris Court, Building A, Monterey, CA 93940.

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The Californian: We Could Car Less: Rides for the blind and elderly

February 12, 2016
ITN Monterey County volunteer driver John Brandt

ITN Monterey County volunteer driver John Brandt. (Photo: Jay Dunn/The Salinas Californian)

Jon Brandt of Salinas gives rides in his car to elderly or blind people who cannot drive. Brandt is a volunteer driver for the Independent Transportation Network (ITN) that provides more than 270 automobile rides a week in Monterey County. Brandt says he volunteers to show respect to seniors. “I meet so many interesting people,” Brandt said. “I enjoy it.”

Aimee Cuda is the director ITN Monterey County. “Our clients get rides to every kind of errand, from doctor visits to social events.” One client even gets a ride to and from her job every day. “The ITN ride service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year,” Cuda said, A ride must be arranged before 2 p.m. on the day before it is needed. ITN provides arm-through-arm service, not just door to door. “Our drivers make sure the clients gets to their destinations with dignity and safety,” said Cuda.

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Monterey Herald: Liza Horvath, Senior Advocate: Driving options for seniors

November 10, 2015

Seniors, generally speaking, are not early adopters of new technology. While many older folks may be using email, Facebook or a smartphone, most are of the “why bother” mindset and resist new inventions.

There is, however, one technological development that has many seniors excited, and here’s why:

Aging seems to present unending opportunities to give something up. An older runner stops running because of a bad hip; a well-liked home is sold because the stairs become too difficult to navigate; friends, family and beloved pets die. Finally, one of the most difficult things to give up — our driver’s license – will be taken away because we can no longer safely drive. A driver’s license represents freedom – the ability to come and go as we please and without it, seniors can lose the opportunity to socialize, shop on their own or lunch at a favorite restaurant. Losing all of this “life” often translates into isolation and, unfortunately, depression and loneliness.

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