Archive for the ‘ITNSanDiego’ Category

Driver Services Could Prevent Elder-Related Accidents in California

February 18, 2011

Robert Reeves

Questions about the safety of elder motorists have always been more than a little touchy, and not just because these senior citizens value their mobility and independence. Safety experts will tell you that senior citizens should have their car keys taken away from them, when loved ones notice signs of impaired driving ability. But it is a rare senior who can give up his driving privileges without a fight. However, there may be other ways that elder motorists can continue to be independent and travel wherever they please on their own time, and yet continue to be safe.

The New York Times is reporting on the increasing popularity of elder driver services, which, for a fee, will agree to drive elderly motorists safely. The New York Times article specifically covers Independent Transportation Network, which provides rides for senior motorists.

Read the full article at

ITNSanDiego Video

September 30, 2010

See what riders and volunteers are saying about ITN in this new video.

Look What’s Happening at ITN!

September 16, 2010

Our family of affiliates has been busy preparing and holding events all summer long, and we’re not slowing down this fall! See our latest e-Postcard for updates and events.

Katherine’s 24-Hour Walk for Rides

April 19, 2010

When: Noon, June 18 – Noon, June 19
Where: Portland ME, Back Cove, along Baxter Boulevard

Less than a decade after the very first Walk for Rides™ fundraising event, Katherine Freund is embarking on a 24-hour, round-the-clock walk, in support of ITNAmerica and all affiliates. The walk is around Back Cove in Portland, Maine on June 18-19. Katherine will be traveling around the country gathering support for her walk. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, representing the 1st District of Maine, will join Katherine on June 18 to show her support for ITNAmerica and senior transportation.
If you are interested in walking with Katherine, please sign up on our website. You can register online to walk as part of Katherine’s team, and then share your page with friends and family asking them to sponsor your walk. If you can’t be with Katherine to walk in Maine, register as an individual to walk in your community. You can also promote your page on Facebook and Twitter to let more people know about Katherine’s 24-hour walk. Anyone, anywhere in the country can walk to support ITNAmerica in our Walk for Rides.

ITNSanDiego™ Hosts Second Annual Walk for Rides™

April 12, 2010

When: Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. — Noon
Where: LiveWell San Diego, North Clairemont Park

ITNSanDiego™ is excited to announce its second annual Walk for Rides – our biggest fundraising event of the year – on Saturday, May 1st, 2010. Starting at 9:00 am, we’ll take the same two-mile route as last year, beginning and ending at LiveWell San Diego, 4425 Bannock Avenue in Clairemont. This year’s walk will be dog-friendly, so be sure to bring your four-legged friends with you!

There are many ways to be involved: join our Walk for Rides as an individual or part of a team, walk on behalf of someone who is unable, or sponsor a walker.

See our Walk for Rides brochure.
See our Walk for Rides flyer.

National Foundation Extends Funds for Innovative ITNAmerica® Program

February 22, 2010

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Internship Program a Model for Success

WESTBROOK ME – A generous grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has enabled ITNAmerica to expand its successful internship program supporting sustainable transportation resources for seniors across the country.

“The initial funding for this innovative project yielded such successful outcomes we’re doing it again,” says Katherine Freund, President and Founder of ITNAmerica. “With the Foundation’s funding of nine interns in affiliate communities across the country, we raised awareness about our services while also raising significantly more money than we spent.”

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has supported the needs of low-income seniors for over 50 years. The Foundation’s 2009 grant to ITNAmerica enabled participating affiliates to generate more than $130,000 in revenue, with $20,000 of that money reserved for ITN®’s Road Scholarship Program™ for low-income seniors. In this way, the grant helped build community support for senior mobility, enabled access for all seniors, and ensured the special needs of low income seniors were not forgotten.

“The interns helped us build support that will continue to generate funds year after year,” says Freund. “With as many as 20 interns in affiliate communities across the country in 2010, we anticipate even greater success with what has now become The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Internship Program. This support will expand our commitment to more transportation resources for more people in more places.”

Liberty Mutual lets reporters see (and feel) the future

November 19, 2009

Do you ever wish you could get the chance to see what life in the future might be like, even if just for a few minutes? Liberty Mutual hosted an event at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego November 17, which was a tremendous success,  and gave reporters the chance to fast-forward their biological clocks–temporarily of course–to see what kinds of physical and cognitive restrictions many drivers over the age of 65 deal with every day.

Local news reporters tested out Liberty Mutual’s 25-pound ‘aging-driver’ suit in an attempt to promote senior transportation across the country.  Click below to see what local San Diego newscasters had to say.

Fox News 5 (KSWB)

ABC News 10 Live (KGTV)

KUSI News at 10 (KUSI)

CBS News 8 (KFMB)

ITNSanDiego Receives Honor Award

November 18, 2009

Freedoms Foundation Group

SAN DIEGO (November 10, 2009) – The San Diego County Chapter of The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge recognized ITNSanDiego for “exemplary humanitarian community service” at their awards luncheon on November 10, 2009. Nominated by Freedoms Foundation members Gerri Lewis and Isabelle Skidmore, ITNSanDiego Executive Director Chuck Overbey was presented with an Honor Award and Certificate of Merit.

The nomination process includes a scrapbook of substantiating material compiled by the nominating member, which was also presented to Overbey.

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge was founded in 1949 and is dedicated to helping students, teachers and citizens gain a greater awareness and appreciation of the principles of a free and democratic society.

For more information about ITNSanDiego, please visit Information about the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge can be found at

Transportation Reporter Goes for Humbling, Uncomfortable Ride

November 18, 2009

Chris Nichols, North County Times

SAN DIEGO– Frustrated. Humbled. Helpless.

That’s how I felt Tuesday as I strained to find a bright-orange cone in my rearview mirror, strapped inside a 25-pound ‘aging-driver’ suit, with neck and knee braces fastened to my frame.

I was taking part in Liberty Mutual’s “Driver Seat Game,” held on a closed course at Qualcomm Stadium’s parking lot —- the place my dad taught me how to drive as a teenager about 15 years ago.

Read the full story.

Harmony Home Medical Joins ITNSanDiego

October 13, 2009

ITNSanDiego is pleased to welcome Harmony Home Medical as our newest Ride & Shop partner.

Harmony Home Medical will pay $4.00 toward the cost of each ride delivered to their store – $3.00 to the riding member’s Personal Transportation Account and $1.00 to help support ITNSanDiego. Harmony offers affordable, quality solutions for all of your home health care needs. With a full range of medical equipment and supplies, Harmony Home Medical provides superior products and a knowledgeable staff. Riders don’t need to do anything other than book their ride to Harmony Home Medical. Their account will automatically be credited for the ride.

Please help us welcome Harmony Home Medical to the ITNSanDiego family by remembering them the next time you need home medical supplies.

Do you know of a business that would like to become an ITNSanDiego Ride & Shop partner? Call us at
(619) 282-0073.

Special Offer
Receive $100 off the price of any lift chair or 15% off the price of any walker when you mention ITNSanDiego.
(Offer expires October 31, 2009)