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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: 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 ( 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 or call (831) 233-3447.

ITN offers round-the-clock service

April 10, 2017

Seniors transportation program eyes expansion throughout Sussex

Independent Transportation Network/SouthernDelaware is the only transportation program targeting seniors that offers 24-hour service, seven days a week. The network provides door-to-door service for residents over 55 years of age and people of any age who are visually impaired.

A team of 55 trained and vetted volunteer drivers take seniors on a variety of outings – from medical appointments to social events to shopping trips. “This helps people regain their independence and love of life,” said director Janis Hanwell. “It opens a whole new world for people, and especially those who have no family here.”

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Augusta Age Friendly Committee looking for business sponsors

April 3, 2017

From sand buckets for seniors to a community resource guide, the Augusta Age Friendly Committee is engaged with many organizations, initiatives and local events.

There is expressed support for constructing benches as a form of public art as well as being used as resting places for seniors and those with limited mobility. Benches at select locations are the biggest need for residents, second only to improved transportation options. The committee is looking for businesses, residents and organizations to step up and donate a bench and be recognized for their support and contribution. We are also reviewing walkability, including safety of sidewalks near senior housing, pedestrian crossings at the roundabouts and an educational demonstration for seniors at crossing lights with the Augusta police resource officer.

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Ride service for elderly, visually impaired back in business

March 29, 2017

At 87, Jane Watkins of Winter Park still has places to go and people to see. She just doesn’t trust herself to navigate the unnerving highways of Central Florida to get there.

Video: Lisa Haynes-Henry talks about the impact ITNOrlando has on her life.

So when a nonprofit transportation network she relied on suspended its service late last year, she felt stuck.

“I called my son-in-law and said, ‘This is terrible. Can’t you do something?’” Watkins said. “Being a businessman, he knows how to talk with people.”

Jack Miles — once a top state government official and executive for CIGNA and AIG — agreed to look into it, not just for his mother-in-law, but also for the 350 other members of ITNOrlando. An affiliate of the national Independent Transportation Network, the Central Florida organization relies on volunteers and donations to help shuttle residents over 60 and those with limited eyesight to doctor appointments, shopping trips and social visits.

Early this month, a reborn ITNOrlando began operations again, thanks to Miles, now chairman of the ITNOrlando board of directors, and $11,500 donated by local members who say the service is essential to their independence.

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Elderly Driver Stats & Car Wrecks

March 23, 2017

The aging process will to some degree cause physical changes in an elderly driver.

One of the contributing factors in many car accidents is driver error, and that includes reaction time. And as people age, they lose the quick reaction time that can make the difference between life and death, and that fact helps explain one of the dangers of elderly drivers on U.S. roads.

“Well, we’ve seen through multiple studies and research that older drivers have a much slower reaction time when they are driving,” stated Rand Spear a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer “And that means that they can’t make rapid adjustments when something goes wrong when they are driving, which can lead to a car accident. And of course, you lose some level of cognition and memory when you grow older, which can compromise driver behavior as well. It can become the perfect storm and all it takes is one catalyst, and you have a devastating car wreck.”

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Augusta forum ponders how seniors will get around when they can no longer drive

March 19, 2017

AUGUSTA — The vast majority of senior citizens in Maine, where 72 percent of the population doesn’t have access to public transportation, plan to drive until they can’t.

But most have no plan for how they’ll get anywhere when they are no longer able to drive, though an also vast majority say in surveys they want to stay in their homes or at least in their own communities as they age.

But officials and volunteers are working on plans to create ways for Maine’s aging population to be able to age in place and still be able to get to medical appointments, grocery stores and coffee shops even when they can no longer safely get behind the wheel of a car, according to speakers Sunday at a forum, “Getting There When You Can’t Drive.”

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iTNLanier transit service a savior for seniors

March 4, 2017

Program marks 1,000th ride with health system CEO at wheel

For those who can’t get around on their own, iTNLanier fills the gap.

Jon Stiehr had been shuffled back and forth to doctors’ appointments primarily by his wife Linda Stiehr until she saw an article in The Times about the driving service.

Jon and Linda were chauffeured from their home by Northeast Georgia Health System President and CEO of Carol Burrell to a celebration for the organization’s 1,000th ride Saturday.

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Lexington Herald Leader: It’s like Uber for seniors — complete with ‘arm-through-arm’ walk to the door

December 11, 2016

ITNBluegrass Executive Director Laura Dake stands with rider Jack Carty. Carty, 88, works five to six days a week and gets rides from ITNBluegrass to get there. Photo provided BY TOM MARTIN

Laura Dake is executive director of ITN or Independent Transportation Network-Bluegrass. Due to a recent injury that left me temporarily unable to drive, I turned to ITN for transportation around Lexington and quickly discovered what an important difference this nonprofit is making in so many lives in the Bluegrass area. So, I invited Laura to share information about her organization.

Q: First, a brief history on the origins of ITN-Buegrass.

A: About 10 years ago or so, ITN-America decided to launch its model nationwide. In 2007, a lady named Gale Reece had recently retired and was looking for a project in the local community that had something to do with aging. She was particularly interested in housing, but went to the city of Lexington and was told that the real issue in this area was transportation — that people couldn’t really live in their homes without the transportation to get places. They found that ITN-America had started to launch their model nationwide, submitted an application to ITN-America, and it was accepted. I came onboard as a fundraiser because the requirement was that the affiliate needed to raise about $125,000 in order to start.

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Foundation Fighting Blindness president supports ITN Southern Delaware efforts

November 11, 2016

Heather Napolitano, president of the Philadelphia Chapter for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, stopped by the Fourth Annual LIVE Conference in Georgetown Oct. 19 to show her support for ITN Southern Delaware’s efforts to provide transportation for seniors and adults with visual impairments in Sussex County. The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinal degenerative diseases.

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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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