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Encore Motorcars Helps ITNSarasota Provide Rides for Seniors

June 7, 2011

On Thursday, May 19th, Encore Motorcars hosted a Volunteer Recruitment Celebration for ITNSarasota, the Independent Transportation Network, a nonprofit organization providing dignified, affordable, individual transportation for all seniors over 60 and for visually impaired adults of any age. Thanks to Encore, guests were treated to a delicious catered meal and given the opportunity to visit with several ITNSarasota’s volunteer drivers. Interested guests learned why ITN volunteers find volunteer driving such a unique and rewarding experience. Volunteer driver Joanna Stevens said, “At least twice a week, I am able to help an older adult get around town. What’s special about ITN is that we take our riders anywhere they want to go. I have given rides to restaurants, hair salons, doctors’ offices and the grocery store. My riders are able to feel the same sense of independence they had when they were able to drive their own cars.”

“Thanks to Encore Motorcars, we have the potential for five new volunteer drivers for ITNSarasota which would make a huge positive difference for us,” said Donna Dunio, Executive Director. “Even some busy Encore employees signed-on when they learned how important our mission is in keeping the roads safe while enabling older residents to remain involved, healthy, active members of our community.”Dunio added, “ITN is more than a ‘good cause.’ It’s a necessary and innovative answer to enabling our seniors to regain some of the freedom they lost when they gave up their car keys. Our volunteer drivers make this happen. When we thank them, they tell us it’s the most rewarding type of volunteering they’ve ever done.”

“We are deeply appreciative to our new partners at Encore Motorcars and thank George Manooshian, Jr., owner, for sponsoring this Volunteer Recruitment Celebration and the entire Encore team for all they’re doing to help us promote and fulfill our mission,” ITNSarasota Board Chair Art Mahoney said. “Volunteer drivers are our lifeblood; they make the mission happen. And volunteer driving is so much fun; I know because I’m a volunteer driver!”

ITNSarasota is one of 21 affiliates in communities nationwide that replicates the successful nonprofit membership organization launched in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago. ITNSarasota is one of the fastest growing non-profits in Sarasota County. For ITN to fulfill its nonprofit mission, it needs volunteer drivers. The fees paid by riders provide about 30 percent of the cost of the ride and the remaining 70 percent is covered through fundraising efforts.

For more information on how you can become a Volunteer Driver, donate a car or make a tax-deductible gift to ITNSarasota, please call (941) 364-7530 or visit www.itnsarasota.org.

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The Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards the Independent Transportation Network of Sarasota County $120,000

May 24, 2011
Donna K. Dunio and Wendy Hopkins,

Wendy Hopkins, Vice President of Grant and Program Services, for The Community Foundation of Sarasota County presents Donna K. Dunio, Executive Director and President of ITNSarasota (the Independent Transportation Network of Sarasota County) with Community Foundation grants totaling $120,000.

Sarasota (5/24/11) – ITNSarasota™ a community based nonprofit agency providing dignified, affordable individual transportation for seniors and adults with visual impairment, has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. $100,000 was made possible by the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund and $20,000 was awarded from the Kathleen K. Catlin Fund. The grant supplements part of the costs for providing this caring program. Member riders can use this unique transportation service as needed 24 hours a day seven days a week; whether it’s to go grocery shopping, to the doctor’s office, for a hair cut, a get-together with friends or to take in a show.

“We would not have been able to launch this safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation alternative to the community without the caring support of the Community Foundation!” says Art Mahoney, ITNSarasota Board Chair. “We implemented this innovative service which enables seniors and visually impaired adults to have access to arm-in-arm, door-through-door, cost-effective transportation when they want it and for whatever reason. Due to the Community Foundation’s on-going support we were one of the fastest growing nonprofits in Sarasota County during our first full year of service. That’s great news for the thousands of older adults and visually impaired in our service area.”

“I’ll be 92 years old on my next birthday, but still want to live life to the fullest, stay active and be involved in the community,” Sarasota resident and ITN member, Isabel said.  “This service allows us to schedule our appointments, shopping, and visits to the Volunteer Friendship Center when we choose and not have to depend on someone else’s availability.” Edie and Ivy told us.  “My son is a good man and he really tries to take me places when I need, but he has a full-time job. ITN takes the pressure off of both of us.” Member rider John said.  “ITNSarasota was a gift to us from our out of state children and it has helped my husband and I regain some of the independence we lost when we stopped driving,” Teresa said.

ITNSarasota is one of 21 ITN affiliates in communities nationwide that replicates the successful, nonprofit membership organization begun in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago by Katherine Freund.  Freund, founder and president of ITNAmerica, is a respected national leader and advocate for senior mobility for senior transportation issues.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has not only helped us launch this exciting and worthwhile nonprofit service, it has enabled us to keep growing to meet the needs in a county with the largest percentage of older adults in the nation. The Community Foundation is a blessing for so many caring programs, but it will take a diversified base of community support to keep ITN growing,” says ITNSarasota Executive Director, Donna Dunio. “The fees cover about 30% of the cost of providing the ride, we must fundraise the other 70%.  Individuals, businesses, community organizations and most especially Volunteer Drivers are invited to contribute to and participate in this dignified transportation option for seniors and adults with visual impairment.”  Dunio added, “Our Volunteer Drivers are our Heroes — think how rewarding your help and companionship would be to a senior who can no longer get behind the wheel — in this country, once you give-up the keys, your home can feel like a prison!”  For more information on how YOU can become a Volunteer Driver for ITNSarasota call (941) 364-7530 or go online at www.itnsarasota.org.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota Sun Trust

ITNSarasota is Blooming in the Sizzling Florida Spring Sunshine!

May 13, 2011

Come join in the fun at ITN’s Volunteer Recruitment Celebration
Thursday, May 19th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Encore Motorcars

Everyone is invited to enjoy complementary refreshments, check out the beautiful cars on display at Encore Motorcars and learn a little more about how easy and rewarding it is to be an ITNSarasota volunteer driver! ITN provides dignified, affordable rides for seniors and adults with visual impairment. Come join in the fun at Encore on Thursday, May 19th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ITNSarasota volunteers will be there to answer any questions you may have and to share what it’s like to be a volunteer driver. Volunteers get special discounts from Encore and other businesses, reimbursement for their mileage when they volunteer, or they can donate their miles to a member or save them for themselves to use in the future!

When you become an ITN volunteer you can drive as much or as little as your schedule allows and you know that every time you give someone a ride you are enabling that person to enjoy the same freedom and independence that they had before they had to “give up” their car keys. So come join in the Celebration, have some refreshments and see what ITN is all about!

WHAT: ITNSarasota’s Volunteer Recruitment Celebration – refreshments, balloons and an opportunity to check-out some Gorgeous Cars!

WHERE: Encore Motorcars, Inc. 6000 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

WHAT DAY & TIME: Thursday, May 19th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ENCORE MOTOR CARS, INC. FOR SPONSORING THIS EVENT!

Encore Motorcars Hosting Volunteer Celebration & Recruitment Drive for ITNSarasota May 19th from 5 to 7 p.m.

May 6, 2011

ITNSarasota, the Independent Transportation Network, a nonprofit organization providing dignified, affordable, individual transportation for seniors over 60 and visually impaired adults is having a Volunteer Recruitment Celebration at Encore Motorcars on Thursday, May 19th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the public is invited! There will be delicious complimentary refreshments, balloons, exotic cars to check out and an opportunity to visit with some ITN volunteers about why they find it so rewarding to enable our area seniors and visually impaired adults live life to the fullest!

“This celebration sponsored by Encore Motorcars can have a huge impact on our mission by helping us to get the word out regarding our need for volunteers,” says Donna Dunio, Executive Director of ITNSarasota. “ITN is more than a ‘good cause,’ it’s a necessary and innovative answer to enabling our seniors to regain some of the freedom they lost when they “gave-up” their car keys! Our volunteer drivers make this happen, but when we thank them, they tell us it’s the most rewarding type of volunteering they’ve ever done!”

ITN does substantially more than providing affordable rides for those who no longer drive. It’s helping to solve a critical public need while making our roads safer and our communities healthier. Seniors now have an alternative to driving that preserves their freedom to buy their own groceries, shop downtown or at the malls, enjoy the arts, get to their medical appointments on time, to go wherever they want to go 24/7.

“We are deeply appreciative to our new partners at Encore Motorcars for sponsoring this Volunteer Recruitment Celebration and for all they’re doing to help us promote and fulfill our mission,” board chair, Art Mahoney said. “Volunteer drivers are our life-blood, they make the mission happen — and volunteer driving is so much fun – I know because I’m a volunteer driver!”

ITNSarasota is one of 18 affiliates in communities nationwide that replicates the successful nonprofit membership organization begun in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago by Katherine Freund. Freund, now founder and president of ITNAmerica, is a national leader in senior transportation issues. ITNSarasota is one of the fastest growing non-profits in Sarasota County and it needs volunteer driver numbers to catch-up with the needs of member riders. The fees per ride covers about 30% of the cost of providing the ride and the remaining 70% is covered through fundraising efforts making Volunteer support essential for ITN to fulfill its nonprofit mission.

For more information on how YOU can become a Volunteer Driver for ITNSarasota, please call (941) 364-7530 or visit www.ITNSarasota.org.

Charlotte Graver, Top Ten Titan Donor Launches

March 17, 2011
ITNSarasota

Charlotte Graver (right) presenting Donna K. Dunio (left), Executive Director of ITNSarasota with Community Foundation Endowment and Operational Donation.

ITNSarasota, a non-profit organization providing affordable, dignified transportation for seniors over 60 and visually impaired adults, received its first Top Ten Titan endowment gift from Charlotte Graver, one of Sarasota County’s caring individuals. Mrs. Graver made the donation through her charitable fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

A Top Ten Titan gift may be made by a major donor or a corporation, and may be used to create a new endowment fund or add to an existing endowment fund. “This endowment will have a huge impact on the lives of all of us who live and work in Sarasota County,” says Donna Dunio, Executive Director of ITNSarasota. By creating an endowment, Mrs. Graver has created a legacy to help us fulfill our vision of a day when all seniors who can no longer drive are able to live life to the fullest! Hopefully, others will want to contribute to Mrs. Graver’s endowment fund, or maybe even create their own.”

Ms. Graver also made a separate donation to ITNSarasota for operating expenses. She said, “I’m selective about where I donate and I can assure you that ITNSarasota is providing a much needed and worthwhile service. I want to help ensure that ITNSarasota will be here for all future generations.” Art Mahoney, ITNSarasota board chair said, “Mrs. Graver’s endowment is huge because ITN is more than a ‘good cause,’ it’s a necessary and innovative answer to enabling our seniors to regain the independence they “gave-up” when they stopped driving.” Mahoney added, “Seniors now have a safe, dignified transportation alternative that enables them to shop for their own groceries, go downtown or to the mall with friends, take in the arts in the evening, attend religious services, get to their medical appointments on time; to go wherever they want to go 24/7.”

ITNSarasota is one of 18 affiliates in communities nationwide that replicates the successful nonprofit membership organization begun in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago by Katherine Freund, now founder and president of ITNAmerica. Freund is a national leader in senior transportation issues. ITNSarasota is one of the fastest growing non-profits in Sarasota County and needs volunteer driver numbers to catch-up with the needs of member riders. Fees cover about a third of the cost of providing the ride; the other 70 percent is covered through fundraising efforts. Volunteer support is essential. For more information on how YOU can become a Volunteer Driver for ITNSarasota, please call (941) 364-7530 or visit www.itnsarasota.org.

ITNSarasota accepts SunTrust donation

March 11, 2011

Pelican Press

ITNSarasota, a nonprofit organization providing affordable, individual transportation for seniors over 60 and visually impaired adults, recently received a $15,000 Gold Leadership Gift from SunTrust Bank.

“This gift will have a huge impact on the lives of those who live and work in our community,” said Donna Dunio, executive director of ITNSarasota, in a news release. “ITN is more than a ‘good cause’; it’s a necessary and innovative answer to enabling our seniors to regain some of the freedom they gave up when they stopped driving.”

ITN does more than provide affordable rides for those who no longer drive, the release notes: “It’s helping to solve a critical public health issue. Seniors now have an alternative to driving that preserves their freedom to buy their own groceries, shop downtown or at the malls, enjoy the arts, get to their medical appointments on time, to go wherever they want to go 24/7 while making our roads safer.”

Read the full article at www.pelicanpressonline.com

ITNSarasota Employee Wins National Award!

November 8, 2010

ITNSarasota™, a community based non-profit agency providing affordable dignified transportation for seniors and adults with visual impairment announced that Ben Petro, Operations Manager for ITNSarasota, has won the “Karl Durgin Award for Excellence in Operations” for his service and dedication to the ITN mission. The award is given by ITNAmerica in loving memory of Karl Durgin, ITNPortland and ITNAmerica staff member. “The award represents the positive attitude, sense of humor and compassion epitomized by Durgin”, Donna Dunio, ITNSarasota executive director said. Adding that, “Ben is the ideal person to receive this national award! He has earned the respect and affection of every member rider, their families, our volunteers and his colleagues.”

ITNSarasota is the fastest growing of the 18 nation-wide affiliates that currently make-up ITNAmerica and according to Katherine Freund, President and founder of ITNAmerica, “it wasn’t even a contest; Ben Petro won hands-down!” Petro is responsible for customer service, volunteer coordination, the ITNRides software system, dispatching and marketing. He is a graduate of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and resides in Sarasota.

Charitable Giving in Southwest Florida Continues to Grow

August 19, 2010

Despite a 3.6% drop in national giving in 2009, this fiscal year marked a record year of giving for the communities of Southwest Florida; a record ITNSarasota is extremely grateful for. Charitable giving from The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has helped ITNSarasota grow from averaging 6 rides a week this past January, to 22 rides per day.

The Community Foundation has agreed to a five-year commitment to ITNSarasota, which has resulted in a combined total of over $250,000 over the past three years. Their donations have helped ITNSarasota pay for insurance, scheduling, mileage reimbursement and other administrative costs.

Without the generous support of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and other invaluable foundations in Southwest Florida, the area would not have seen such remarkable growth in charitable giving. Organizations like ITNSarasota rely heavily on community support in order to provide their services. For more information on how you can contribute to ITNSarasota’s growth, visit their website at www.itnsarasota.org.

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ITNSarasota welcomes new board members

August 10, 2010

ITNSarasota is excited to announce the election of four new members to their Board of Directors.

Christopher M. Pinckney: Chris is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch where he and his wife, Johanna Gustafsson, operate a wealth management practice for the benefit of affluent families and successful businesses.

Teresa K. Bowman, Esq.: Teresa is an associate attorney with the firm of Boyer & Jackson, P.A. and practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Long Term Care Planning, Probate, and Special Needs Trusts.

Nicci Kobritz, R.N. N.P: Nicci is President & CEO of Youthful Aging Home Health, one of the nation’s first, if not the first, home health care “boutique” practice.

Scott Carpenter: Scott is President of cPR – Carpenter Public Relations, an award winning public relations firm in Southern Florida.

ITNSarasota is one of the fastest growing non-profits in Sarasota County, and these new additions to the board will be instrumental in continuing ITNSarasota‘s success.

Read the full bio of these and other ITNSarasota board members.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards the Independent Transportation Network of Sarasota County $115,000

August 10, 2010

ITNSarasota, a community based non-profit agency providing dignified transportation for seniors and adults with visual impairment, has been awarded a $115,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The grant supplements part of the costs for providing individual transportation in private automobiles. Member riders can use this unique transportation service as needed 24 hours a day seven days a week; whether it’s to go grocery shopping, to the doctor’s office, for a hair cut or to take in a show.

“We would not have been able to launch this safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation alternative to the community without the caring support of the Community Foundation!” says Art Mahoney, ITNSarasota Board Chair. “We’ve implemented an innovative model whereby seniors and visually impaired adults now have access to arm-through-arm, door-through-door, cost-effective transportation when they want it and for whatever reason. That’s great news for the thousands of older adults and visually impaired in our service area.”

“I’ll be 80 years old next month, but still want to live life to the fullest, stay active and be involved in the community,” Sarasota resident and ITN member, Barbara said. “This service allows us to schedule our appointments, shopping, and visits to the Volunteer Friendship Center when we choose and not have to depend on someone else’s availability. My daughter is wonderful and can often take us places, but she has a full-time job. ITNSarasota was her gift to us and it has helped my husband and I regain some of the independence we lost when we stopped driving,” said Theresa.

ITNSarasota is one of 16 ITN affiliates in communities nationwide that replicates the successful, nonprofit membership organization begun in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago by Katherine Freund. Freund, now founder and president of ITNAmerica, is a national leader in senior transportation issues.

“The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has helped us launch this exciting service locally, and a diversified base of community support will keep us growing,” says ITNSarasota Executive Director, Donna Dunio. “Individuals, businesses, community organizations and most especially Volunteer Drivers are invited to contribute to and participate in this dignified transportation option for seniors and adults with visual impairment. Dunio added, “Our Volunteer Drivers are our heroes – think how rewarding your help and companionship would be to a senior who can no longer get behind the wheel!” For more information on how YOU can be a Volunteer Driver for ITNSarasota contact ITNSarasota at (941) 364-7530 or www.itnsarasota.org.”