Archive for the ‘ITNCentralCT’ Category

West Hartford Moves To Provide New Transportation Service

December 16, 2010

Town council members hope a new transportation service will improve the lives of senior citizens and the visually impaired.

After seven years of discussion, the council voted this week to enter into an agreement with the Independent Transportation Network of Central Connecticut (ITNCentralCT). The service would allow seniors or the visually impaired to get a ride at any time of the day within a 10-town area.

Read the full article in the Hartford Courant.

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.

Bill Wasch Honored at Aging in America Conference

April 2, 2010

ITNCentralCT™ Board Co-Chair Receives Sid Spector Award

Bill Wasch, board co-chair of ITNCentralCT, received the Sid Spector Award from the National Institute of Senior Housing during last month’s Aging in America conference in Chicago.

Bill has had a long and wide-ranging career in elderly services and is a nationally recognized author of Home Planning for Your Later Years. With his architect daughter, he designed and built the first-of-its-kind completely accessible house for older persons, winning him the 1999 Best of Senior Housing Award from the National Association of Homebuilders. He has also developed the Adapt Your Home Program and Senior Serve Company to support older adults to “age in place.”

Bill has a remarkable record of community service. In addition to three years of volunteer leadership with ITNCentralCT, Bill is a former delegate to the White House Conference on Aging and has been both a board and executive committee member of The National Council on Aging. For over twelve years, Bill has chaired his hometown’s Senior Affairs Commission and he currently serves on the Leadership Council of the National Council on Aging.

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.”

Conversation on Aging and Senior Mobility

December 3, 2009

Tom Gourley of Liberty Mutual and Katherine Freund, founder and Executive Director of ITNAmerica®, will speak at a Connecticut Local Administrators of Social Services (CLASS) meeting on December 3 in Berlin, CT. Tom will discuss the aging process and its effect on driving ability, as well as Liberty Mutual’s overall senior initiative.  Katherine will discuss the Independent Transportation Network’s® solution to the senior mobility problem, and the services offered by local affiliates ITNCentralCT and ITNNorthCentralCT. For more information about ITNAmerica or starting an affiliate in your community, please contact

Ride Network Begins Service In Town

May 20, 2009

WETHERSFIELD – The Independent Transportation Network will begin operation in town on June 1. As part of the Central ITN region, the town has been training volunteers and is ready to sign up subscribers.

Click here to read the press release.

ITNCentralCT Receives Grant from the Aetna Foundation

August 6, 2008

The Aetna Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to ITNCentralCT in support of seniors and people with visual impairment in the towns of Middletown, Portland, Cromwell, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, East Hampton, Haddam, East Haddam, Middlefield and Durham.

ITNCentralCT‘s mission is to provide a dignified transportation alternative for people over 60 and the visually impaired. The Independent Transportation Network®® offers rides 24 hours a day/seven days a week, for any purpose and any destination within the service area, using private cars, and arm-through-arm, door through door service.

ITN® is a membership organization, and the fares for rides are about half the cost of a taxi. Scholarships are available. Riders are often those who have given up their car keys, or older drivers who are restricting their trips to daylight hours, good weather or familiar routes. The service uses a combination of paid and volunteer drivers.

Co-Chairman of the ITNCentralCT board of directors Bill Wasch said, “Volunteers are key to our success. Social isolation for older people is a serious problem, but volunteers get our members back out into the community. If you enjoy driving, hearing great stories, and helping out, please call us at (860) 346-RIDE for more information.”

On the Road Again

April 29, 2008

The Chronicle, By Shawn Dagle

Across the state, senior transportation remains a major problem. The inability to transport themselves often leaves seniors isolated and removed from society, family and friends. One service is looking to put seniors back in the driver’s seat. ITN (Independent Transportation Network) CentralConnecticut is planning to offer seniors the ability to sign up for affordable rides anytime of day, any day of the week, beginning in July. Not a taxi service, ITN will provide seniors arm-to-arm, door-through-door service, say organizers, that is personalized, professional and tailored to meet the needs of individual seniors.

Click here to read the full article.

Introducing ITNCentralCt

February 1, 2008

Katherine Freund, Executive Director and Founder of ITNAmerica, spoke at a recent press conference about a future affiliate of the Independent Transportation Network®®, ITNCentralCT. The nonprofit organization will offer rides to people over 60 and those with visual impairments 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for any purpose within the service area, using private cars.

A combination of paid and volunteer drivers will offer arm-through-arm, door-through-door service in Middletown, Cromwell, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Portland, East Hampton, Middlefield, and Durham.

Development Director Brian Rarey said, “We are a community-supported organization — and that means we need your support. We are in the process of raising $100,000 to meet our goal of starting service by August 2008. Please make a donation, or if you have a car you are no longer using, help build our fleet by donating it to our organization. Or volunteer to drive. You will love meeting your older neighbors, and we only ask for three hours a month. As a volunteer, you can earn mileage credits for your own future use, or you can donate your credits to a scholarship fund, your parent, or anyone you care about.”

Supporters of the dignified transportation program include Senator Jonathan Harris, Senator Paul Doyle, Congressional Aide to Rosa DeLauro, Middletown Mayor Sebastian Guiliano, Town Manager Bonnie Therrien and Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield.

Membership is only $40 and is open to anyone who wants to support Press Releases. Everyone benefits from this program. Businesses retain their valuable customers, adult children find relief from a complex problem, public safety is improved, and seniors stay connected with family, friends, and their community. To find out how you can support the creation of ITNCentralCT, please call (860) 346-RIDE (7433).