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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.

Road Safety expert Dave Melton joins national ITNAmerica board

July 31, 2015

Lisa Wolff
Marketing and Communications Manager, ITNAmerica
207-591-6942 | lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org

Road Safety expert Dave Melton joins national ITNAmerica board

Dave brings great knowledge of road safety and the insurance industry
to the Independent Transportation Network’s Board of Directors.

Dave MeltonJuly 31, 2015 – WESTBROOK, Maine – The national nonprofit Independent Transportation Network of America (ITNAmerica), based here, is pleased to welcome Dave Melton to its Board of Directors. The national board unanimously approved the appointment earlier this month.

Dave brings significant international experience with transportation safety in the insurance industry, having retired from a long-time career with Liberty International’s Global Road Safety, a business unit of Liberty Mutual. Notable accomplishments during his time with Liberty Mutual included the development and advocacy of a roadway and occupational safety strategy for Liberty International Region operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

“Dave brings with him decades of experience in transportation safety and the insurance industry. I’ll say it again: decades,” said Katherine Freund, Founder and President of ITNAmerica. “I am eagerly anticipating our work together, and feel that we are fortunate to have him on our Board.”

Dave has also been a member of several road safety committees, and has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), and member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Truck Drivers Institute. He is a retired member and current friend of the Permanent Committee on Truck and Bus Safety (ANB70) of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences. He is also a past member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Transportation Safety, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University.

“I am honored to join the ITNAmerica Board of Directors. Over the last several years, I’ve worked with Katherine Freund and have learned much about the critical importance of maintaining the mobility of seniors and others who are no longer able to get where they need to go,” said Dave. “I’ve visited several cities where ITN maintains a presence. I’ve met many ITN volunteers and have been humbled by their caring spirit and their strong sense of ITN’s mission. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to give back to those in need.”

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation network for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 20 states from coast to coast. ITNAmerica also operates the nonprofit toll-free hotline and website Rides In Sight, which lists more than 15,000 transportation providers across the country. Learn more at www.itnamerica.org and www.ridesinsight.org.

LOOK WHO’S DRIVING! – Representative Diane St. Onge

July 7, 2015

ITNGreaterCincinnati
PO Box 621006
Cincinnati OH 45262
Kathy Nafus, Member Services Representative
859-441-8111

LOOK WHO’S DRIVING! – Representative Diane St. Onge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Helping seniors stay mobileErlanger - State Representative, Diane St. Onge, recognizes the need for affordable, reliable senior transportation in Northern Kentucky. She put her concern into action when she recently drove as a volunteer for ITNGreaterCincinnati (ITNGC) taking Erlanger resident, Jean Bryson, to a medical appointment.

St. Onge, an attorney and State Representative for the 63rd district, has lived and worked in Northern Kentucky for 30 years. She knows that isolation is a huge problem for older adults who no longer drive. “I was very honored to be able to participate as a driver for ITNGreaterCincinnati.  Meeting Mrs. Jean Bryson and driving her to her appointment was a distinct pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed the company of this remarkable woman. ITNGreaterCincinnati provides a necessary service to the elderly, allowing them to maintain the independence and quality of life we all cherish,” St. Onge says.

The mission of ITNGC is to provide seniors (60+) and visually impaired adults with a 24/7 transportation resource that is “arm-through-arm, door-through-door, go where you want to go when you want to go.” ITNGC breaks down the isolation that comes when seniors surrender their keys, and gives visually impaired adults freedom to go beyond bus routes at a cost they can afford with no ride restrictions. ITN stands for Independent Transportation Network. Independence is what the transportation service provides to its members. ITNGreaterCincinnati serves the I-275 loop in both Kentucky and Ohio.

Volunteer drivers provide the rides for ITNGC making this service community supported and sustainable. All volunteers are trained and background checked. This is one of the most gratifying volunteer positions you can have because volunteers work directly with clients. Mrs. Bryson says her drivers are “tremendous”. She calls them her “special angels” and says she never has to wait for a driver. There are older people and visually impaired adults in our community who need rides right now. Those who love to drive may find this a very rewarding experience.

ITNGC has been operating in the Greater Cincinnati area since May, 2010 and was brought to the area by the Vision Coalition of Greater Cincinnati and the Deaconess Associations Foundation, both of which realized there was a significant local need for transportation for older adults and visually impaired adults on both sides of the river. They coordinated their resources and efforts and together formed ITNGreaterCincinnati, a local affiliate of the national ITN organization.

More information on how to become a volunteer driver can be obtained on the website, www.ITNGreaterCincinnati.org or by calling 859-441-8111 or 513-559-2200

Sixty-day storytelling road trip personifies transportation situation of aging and visually impaired Americans

June 10, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 9, 2015

CONTACT:
Lisa Wolff, Marketing and Communications Manager
207-591-6942 | lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org

Sixty-day storytelling road trip personifies transportation situation of aging and visually impaired Americans

National senior transportation expert Katherine Freund launches national tour from AARP Maine headquarters in Portland, Maine June 16.

Storybook Tour
PORTLAND, Maine – June 9, 2015 – ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund has not only led the nonprofit Independent Transportation Network (ITN) senior transportation movement for more than 20 years, she has courageously told the personal story that inspired this movement. But this year, she’s all about telling others’ stories.

ITNAmerica celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ride ever given by ITN on June 16 by launching a 60-day national road trip. More than two dozen “story stops” comprise the Storybook Tour, each chosen for the distinct way it personifies transportation needs that millions of aging or visually impaired Americans experience every day. AARP Maine will host the anniversary kick-off event with national speakers including National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr and AARP Interim Head of State and Community Engagement Lori Parham. Speakers will share their personal stories about how met or unmet transportation needs, for themselves or a loved one, have changed their life.

More than 70 million Americans – that’s 1 in 5 – will be over the age of 65 in 15 years, and may start to experience diminished capacity to drive safely. Freund will drive to the people who are living with the decision to give up their keys, record their experiences, and share them with America through her blog, social media, traditional media and, later, a book.

“Transportation needs are too often an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ experience. We need to take notice before the accidents occur, and engage the people who can become part of the solution. Viable, personal transportation is essential if we are to age in our own homes and communities,” said Freund. “The solution is parked in millions of driveways across America. But first we need to surface the needs of so many people, their families and their communities by sharing their stories.”

Freund herself was inspired to start the Independent Transportation Network when she realized why her son was run over by an 84-year-old driver in 1988. That driver, like so many other older Americans, did not have equivalent independent transportation options available to give him the confidence to hang up the keys when it was time.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica, composed of 20 ITN affiliates from coast to coast, is the only national nonprofit offering transitional and permanent transportation in personal automobiles for hundreds of thousands of older and vision-impaired people. The 24/7 arm-through-arm, door-through-door service uses innovative payment methods such as CarTrade or volunteer driver credits to bank rides, in addition to using Personal Transportation Accounts so no cash changes hand at the time of the ride. ITNAmerica also operates the only national toll-free hotline and searchable database of nearly 15,000 transportation options called Rides In Sight (855-60-RIDES).

About the Storybook Tour

From retired musicians in Nashville to the residents in the Navajo Nation in rural Arizona and members of the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s retirement community in Los Angeles, the stories on the Storybook Tour are sure to bring colorful and diverse insights into what transportation access means for the tens of millions striving to thrive in their homes and communities in spite of hanging up their car keys.

About Katherine Freund

Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers. Read her full bio here.

CALLS TO ACTION:

5 facts about older drivers

May 8, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Lisa Wolff, Marketing & Communications Manager lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org 207-591-6942

5 facts about older drivers

If these facts resonate with you, ITN
America wants to hear and share your stories!

PORTLAND, Maine – May 2015 – In honor of National Older Americans Month, ITNAmerica would like to share with you five important facts about older drivers:
Seniors Driving
1. By 2030, 1 out of every 5 Americans – more than 70 million people – will be 65 or older while many age-related changes that pose risks to safe driving begin even earlier.

2. Most Americans outlive their decision to stop driving by about a decade and continue to rely on rides with others in private automobiles for their transportation.

3. About 90% of trips for people over 65 are taken in the private automobile, as drivers or passengers, while 8% of trips are walking and only 2% are using public transit.

4. Transportation is the second-highest household expense after housing – comprising more than 20% of household expenditures.

5. At the last White House Conference on Aging (in 2005), delegates voted transportation options as the third-highest national policy priority, ahead of Medicare and Social Security.

Do any of these ring true to you? We want to hear and share your story!

Why? Because the Independent Transportation Network celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ride by the only national transportation network for seniors, the Independent Transportation Network, this summer. In honor of this milestone, ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is taking a 60-day cross-country road trip to broadcast these stories and gather materials for a book she will write about the people she meets, their stories, and her journey. The tour starts June 16th in Portland, Maine and ends August 14th.

Please visit www.storybooktour.org to submit your story. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter to follow along with the tour.

Aging and losing your ability to drive doesn’t need to mean losing your ability to live a free and independent life. ITNAmerica knows this first hand. Help us make it known to even more people.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation service for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 21 states from coast to coast.

About the ITN Storybook Tour

ITN’s Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the day ITN gave its very first ride. Why? Sixty-four-year-old Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and own the solution for the next 20 years.

The ITN Storybook Tour celebrates and punctuates the spirit of volunteerism, political action, passion and endurance that will be necessary to rally the nation in support of providing sustainable senior mobility solutions at a time when it has never been more needed.

About Katherine Freund

Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers who are planning for their retirement or can no longer drive. She has been featured on C-Span and in the New York Times, Forbes and Consumer Reports. Her passion for transportation safety ignited 27 years ago, when her three-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old driver.

About Rides in Sight

Rides in Sight is ITNAmerica‘s national database providing access to more than 15,000 transportation services through a web site (www.ridesinsight.org) and toll-free hotline (1-855-60-RIDES) for older and visually impaired people.

Are you one of 3 million Americans who miss or delay medical or eye doctor appointments because you don’t have a ride?

May 8, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lisa Wolff, Marketing & Communications Manager
lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org
207-591-6942

Are you one of 3 million Americans who miss or delay medical or eye doctor appointments because you don’t have a ride?

ITNAmericaunderstands that access to transportation can pose a serious barrier to health and wants to hear and tell your stories about transportation barriersand solutions!

PORTLAND, Maine – May 2015 – In the spirit of Healthy Vision Month, ITNAmerica wants to hear how access to transportation has either saved your vision or helped you or your loved one stay independent in the face of vision impairment or loss.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments every year because they don’t have a ride to the doctor. This number, of course, includes medical eyecare appointments – and routine medical eye exams can make a tremendous difference in protecting against vision loss.

The National Eye Institute, founder of Healthy Vision Month, recommends comprehensive dilated eye exams annually for anyone over the age of 60, anyone with Diabetes, and for African Americans – who are at a higher risk for glaucoma. These dilated eye exams can go a long way in diagnosing diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma so they can be treated before vision loss occurs. Often times, early detection happens before any noticeable symptoms.

Sometimes early detection is not an option and you experience vision loss from these diseases. Either way, transportation is very important to protecting healthy vision and to living healthy lives.

We want to hear your stories about how access to transportation has changed your life, relating to vision conditions or otherwise. The only national transportation network for seniors, the Independent Transportation Network of America, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ride this summer. In honor of this milestone and ITN’s dignified transportation mission, ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is taking a 60-day cross-country road trip to broadcast these stories and gather materials for a book she will write about the people she meets, their stories, and her journey. The tour starts June 16th in Portland, Maine and ends August 14th.

Please visit www.storybooktour.org to submit your story. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter to follow along with the tour.

If you need a ride, ITN’s Rides in Sight searchable online database (www.ridesinsight.org) and toll-free hotline (855-607-4337) provide you with details about the kind of transportation solutions available in your local community. We list 15,000 transportation providers and are adding new ones to the database all the time.

Aging and losing your ability to drive or to see does not have to mean losing your ability to live. ITNAmerica knows that first hand. Help us make it known to even more people.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation service for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 21 states from coast to coast.

About the ITN Storybook Tour

ITN’s Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the day ITN gave its very first ride. Why? Sixty-four-year-old Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and own the solution for the next 20 years.

The ITN Storybook Tour celebrates and punctuates the spirit of volunteerism, political action, passion and endurance that will be necessary to rally the nation in support of providing sustainable senior mobility solutions at a time when it has never been more needed.

About Katherine Freund

Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers who are planning for their retirement or can no longer drive. She has been featured on C-Span and in the New York Times, Forbes and Consumer Reports. Her passion for transportation safety ignited 27 years ago, when her three-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old driver.

About Rides in Sight

Rides in Sight is ITNAmerica‘s national database providing access to more than 15,000 transportation services through a web site (www.ridesinsight.org) and toll-free hotline (1-855-60-RIDES) for older and visually impaired people.

Minnesotan transportation expert Tom Sorel joins national ITNAmerica board

April 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Lisa Wolff
Marketing and Communications Manager, ITNAmerica
207-591-6942 | lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org

Tom’s knowledge and accomplishments in the transportation industry will be
a great addition to the national non-profit’s Board of Directors. 

April 16, 2015 – WESTBROOK, Maine – The national nonprofit Independent Transportation Network of America (ITNAmerica), based in Maine, is pleased to welcome Tom Sorel to its Board of Directors. Tom SorelThe national board unanimously approved the appointment on April 16. Tom will vacate his seat on the ITNTwinCities Council of Advisors to assume this national position.

Tom is currently Vice President of Operations for KLJ Engineering in Twin Cities, MN. As former President and CEO of AAA Minneapolis and Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this national seat.

Prior to becoming Commissioner, Tom worked for 30 years in numerous positions around the country with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. He served as the Division Administrator for the FHWA Minnesota Division Office, the Mega Projects Team Leader in Washington D.C., the USDOT Intermodal Liaison for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, and the Director of Planning and Program Development in FHWA’s Regional Office in Albany, NY.

At the national level, Tom has served on numerous committees including the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and the Intelligent Transportation Society Board of Directors. He also served on the board of ITNTwinCities.

“I first met Tom in 1994 when he worked for the Federal Highway Administration and agreed to write the highway section for the Task Force to Study the Safe Mobility of Maine’s Aging Population,” said Katherine Freund, Founder and President of ITNAmerica. “Our paths crossed again 20 years later when he joined the ITNTwinCities Board of Directors and Council of Advisors. Now, we are thrilled to have him on the national board. He brings to the table a unique blend of business and public policy knowledge at a time when such experience can wisely guide our growth in service to America’s aging and visually impaired populations.”

“I feel very honored to join the ITNAmerica Board and have the opportunity to give back to an organization that I have been very passionate about since its inception. I believe I can provide a strong linkage for ITNAmerica to the transportation community at both the national and grass-roots levels. I also believe my private sector experience can be valuable as I serve as an advocate for the organization,” said Tom. “ITN represents a mobility option for a population that may have none, and provides families a peace of mind during life’s transitions. I am extremely proud to be able to enhance peoples’ quality of life through this role.”

About ITNAmerica
ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation network for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 28 affiliated communities in 20 states from coast to coast. ITNAmerica also operates the nonprofit toll-free hotline and website Rides In Sight, which lists more than 15,000 transportation providers across the country. Learn more at www.itnamerica.org and www.ridesinsight.org.

ITNCharlestonTrident Celebrates 50,000th Ride

April 10, 2015
ITNCharlestonTrident Celebrating 50,000th Ride

ITNCharlestonTrident Celebrating 50,000th Ride

ITNCharlestonTrident celebrated providing its 50,000th dignified ride since its First Ride on November 15, 2006 with rides delivered by area elected officials. Charleston Council Chair Elliott Summey, City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page, Charleston County Council Member Teddie Pryor and City of Charleston Council Member Dean Riegel provided rides for ITN member riders on Tuesday, April 7th and Wednesday April 8th to help celebrate the 50,000th ride provided by ITNCharlestonTrident. All four government entities are long-time supporters of ITN CharlestonTrident’s dignified transportation program for seniors and the visually impaired.

During the eight and a half years of providing dignified transportation to seniors 60 and older and visually impaired adults, nearly 1000 member riders have counted on ITNCharlestonTrident to provide them with safe, reliable and affordable transportation while countless numbers of family members were confident their Mom or Dad were in good hands.

Utilizing standard automobiles with volunteers using their own vehicles and paid drivers using donated cars, ITNCharlestonTrident’s goal is to enable its member riders to enjoy the freedom and independence that comes from being able to go to any destination for any purpose in the areas served by ITN. All of ITNCharlestonTrident’s drivers, both volunteers and paid, undergo a thorough background and driving record check and participate in a comprehensive training program before providing their first ride. Providing reliable and on-time rides with a focus on a high level of customer service is the hallmark of the ITNCharlestonTrident door-though-door dignified transportation program.

ITNCharlestonTrident’s volunteer drivers routinely provide nearly 50% or more of all of the dignified rides provided to member riders.

Member riders have this to say about their experience with ITN:

Louise:  I love all of the drivers! There is not one who is not a joy to ride with. Each is special to me. Many thanks to them all.

Molly: I will be 88 in April and the drivers treat me like a QUEEN!!

Greta: Kathy and Sandy are the two drivers I see the most and they are both great! I sure couldn’t get by without ITN.

Edna: It was so lovely to meet the young man who gave me the ride home from church last Sunday. Such a nice young man.

For more information on ITNCharlestonTrident including how to become a member rider or volunteer driver, call (843) 225-2715, email info@ITNCharlestonTrident.org or visit the website www.ITNCharlestonTrident.org

April is national volunteer month – won’t you #sharearide?

March 17, 2015

Consider taking the #sharearide challenge or just share your story this Spring about how senior mobility has changed your life or the life of a loved one.

March 17, 2015 – PORTLAND, Maine – Spring is in the air – a time to break out of the house, visit garden centers, and reconnect with community. Thousands of older Americans who can no longer drive won’t have the chance to get out and enjoy Spring this season, however. That’s why ITN is inviting Americans to make 2015 the year to #sharearide with an older person and share your story.

Share a ride hashtag

There is no better time to give it a try than national volunteer month in April. The challenge is simple and very important to the lives of millions of older Americans who are transitioning from the driver seat every day.

*Proceeds of the #sharearide challenge and fundraiser will be shared between ITNAmerica and your local ITN affiliate in communities with ITN affiliates (www.itnamerica.org/findyouraffiliate), unless otherwise specified by donors.

Don’t know an older or visually impaired person?

We recognize that not everyone knows an older person in their family, at church, or in their neighborhood who needs a ride. Start planning your #sharearide volunteer effort by contacting any of the following organizations to locate a person or organization in need of volunteer drivers:

Why #sharearide?

Aging and losing the ability to drive safely doesn’t need to mean losing the ability to live a full and active life if there are adequate transportation options. But when it comes to transportation, older and visually impaired people are severely underserved, and the unmet need is growing daily. By 2030, 20% of U.S. residents will be aged 65 or older. That’s 1 out of every 5, or nearly 75 million Americans.

“Older people who decide to stop driving outlive their decision by about 10 years. The answer to their unmet transportation needs is parked in driveways from coast to coast,” said ITN Founder and President Katherine Freund. Freund was named an AARP Inspire Award Honoree in 2009, and one of “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement” by the Wall Street Journal in 2008.

If you don’t use social media, you can also submit your story about how mobility has changed your life or the life of someone in your community, you can submit it online here. All participants in the #sharearide challenge are eligible to be part of a “story stop” on Katherine Freund’s 60-day ITNAmerica Storybook Tour this summer and, with permission, may also be featured in the book that she is writing about the Tour.

About the ITN Storybook Tour and #sharearide challenge

ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The #sharearide challenge will surface the stories to serve as the basis for Katherine’s story stops. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the 20th anniversary of ITN’s first ride. Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and help to secure solutions for the next 20 years. Learn more at www.storybooktour.org.

About Katherine Freund

Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers who are planning for their retirement or can no longer drive. She has been featured on C-Span and in the New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post and Consumer Reports. Her passion for transportation safety began 27 years ago, when her three-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old driver. Learn more at http://www.storybooktour.org/about-us.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation network for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 21 states from coast to coast. Learn more at www.itnamerica.org.

Contact:

Lisa Wolff, Marketing and Communications Manager of ITNAmerica
207-591-6942
lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org

ITNGreaterCincinnati can cut seniors’ transportation costs in half

February 13, 2015

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky – February 13, 2015 - ITNGreaterCincinnati (ITNGC) not only offers affordable transportation to seniors and adults with vision impairments, we can also cut transportation costs in half for seniors.

According to AAA’s annual “Your Driving Costs” study, the 2014 average cost of automobile ownership is $8,876 per year, based on an average 15,000 miles driven annually. The average adult between the ages of 55 and 64 years old drives approximately 12,000 miles per year, and those 65 years old and over drive less than 8,000 miles per year.

We tend to hold on to our automobiles thinking that it is less expensive than other transportation options available in our community. That simply is not the case. ITNGreaterCincinnati members are reducing their overall transportation budget through our innovative “pay as you go” transportation solution year over year. Who wouldn’t benefit from saving money?

ITNGC can help older adults slash their transportation budget by more than half! ITNGC’s most frequent riders average 275 trips per year and are paying less than half of the average cost of owing a private automobile. Looking at these costs another way, the average cost of a ride with ITNGC is $13. At that rate $8,876would get you over 680 rides or 340 round trips per year. That is almost one round trip ride every day of the year!

The mission of ITNGC is to provide seniors (60+) and visually impaired adults with a 24/7 transportation resource that is “arm-through-arm, door-through-door, go where you want to go when you want to go.” ITNGC breaks down the isolation that comes when seniors surrender their keys, and gives visually impaired adults freedom to go beyond bus routes at a cost they can afford with no ride restrictions.
Volunteer drivers provide the rides for ITNGC making this service community supported and sustainable. All volunteers are trained and background checked. This is one of the most gratifying volunteer positions you can have because volunteers work directly with clients.

ITNGC has been operating in the Greater Cincinnati area since May, 2010 and was brought to the area by the Vision Coalition of Greater Cincinnati and the Deaconess Associations Foundation, both of which realized there was a significant local need for transportation for older adults and visually impaired adults on both sides of the river. They coordinated their resources and efforts and together formed ITNGreaterCincinnati, a local affiliate of the national ITN organization. Now ITNGC serves residents within the I-275 loop in Kentucky and Ohio.