Archive for the ‘ITNPortland’ Category

Maine Voices: Fatal accident calls attention to seniors’ need for transit options

January 30, 2012

Written by
Bob Dunfey

WESTBROOK – On Wednesday night, a 77-year-old driver entered Interstate 295 in Freeport and drove north in the southbound lanes.

Tragically, he lost his life and seriously injured another driver going south on 295.

Judgment errors like this one happen more often with older drivers. Twenty percent of seniors 65 and older have disabilities that impair their ability to drive safely. On average, men outlive their ability to drive safely by six years, women by 10 years.

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Taking senior services personally

March 10, 2011

Joey Cresta
American Journal

WESTBROOK – Bob Dunfey has operated hotels and worked in former President Bill Clinton’s administration, and now he is in Westbrook, working for ITNPortland out of the Dana Warp Mill.

Dunfey was hired recently as executive director of ITNPortland, a nonprofit organization providing transportation to seniors and the visually impaired. He brings with him a wealth of experience from his years in the hotel industry. His career began in his family’s company, Dunfey Hotels, now known as Omni Hotels. He also worked for the General Service Administration for New England during Clinton’s presidency. He said his experiences helped him realize his passion for working in public service.

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Older adults urgently need reliable and affordable transportation

February 18, 2011

TWIMC (To Whom It May Concern)

The Independent Transportation Network® (ITN®) began as a graduate school project at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service in Portland, Maine. Inspired by personal experience when her son was hit by an 84-year old driver, ITN’s founder Katherine Freund realized that crashes are not the problem—they are the symptom. The problem is that the transportation system in the United States does not meet the mobility needs of normally aging people. Katherine reasoned that older people who do not have good transportation options cannot make safe transportation choices. She set out to solve the safety problem by addressing the underlying mobility problem. Throughout the two years she studied for her Masters degree in public policy, she looked at sustainable transportation for older people from every conceivable angle.

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Drivers on Call

February 8, 2011

Karen Stabiner
The New Old Age Blog
The New York Times

Dottie Macdonald, 81, got to the annual crafts fair in Portland, Me., this winter the same way she always does: with six big bins of dolls and quilts and artwork stacked in the back of a 2002 Dodge Caravan, the one her husband Bob, 86, always drives because Mrs. Macdonald never learned how.

Read the full article in The New Old Age Blog.

ITNPortland Letter to the Editor, Portland Press Herald

January 30, 2011

Elderly drivers have other options
Read the Letter to the Editor in this week’s Portland Press Herald

Senator Collins’ Remarks at ITNAmerica Dinner

January 19, 2011

Read the full remarks at Senator Collins’ website.

ITNPortland Announces New Executive Director

December 13, 2010

Westbrook, ME – ITNPortland ( announced today that Bob Dunfey has been hired as Executive Director. Bob Dunfey comes with a wealth of experience, having served as a senior federal executive in the Clinton/Gore administration and on numerous nonprofit boards. .   Bob has owned and operated hotels, real estate development projects and a property management company.  He started his career in his family’s company, Dunfey Hotels, now known as Omni Hotels.

Bob is also an endurance runner having completed over 100 marathons including 20 consecutive Boston Marathons as well as many ultra trail marathons with distances up to 100 miles.

ITNPortland Board Chair, Andy Bernstein, said “We are excited to have a new Executive Director who brings a broad range of skills to educate the community about our services and grow the organization to its full potential.”

Katherine Freund, founder and Executive Director of ITNAmerica, commented “I believe Bob can create a model ITN affiliate that will be a valuable resource to developing new ITN’s throughout the nation and the world.”

About ITNPortland

ITNPortland is a local non-profit that provides safe, affordable personal transportation to  seniors and the visually impaired.  ITNPortland provides arm-through-arm, door-through-door service, anytime for any purpose to 18 towns in the greater Portland area.  ITNPortland enables its customers to maintain healthy, independent lives, and provides families with a solution to a complex and growing social problem.  Access to personal transportation allows seniors to stay connected to family, friends and the business community.

About ITNAmerica

ITNAmerica is the first and only national non-profit transportation system for America’s aging population. Its mission is to create an efficient and financially sustainable solution to the transportation needs of seniors and their families throughout the world.ITNAmerica imagines a day when all seniors and adults with visual impairment will have access to transportation when they want it.

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.

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.”

Congratulations to “Six Who Care” recipient George Crockett December 9, 2010

December 9, 2009

The Independent Transportation Network of Portland would like to congratulate George Crockett for being chosen as a “Six Who Care” award recipient. This honor is awarded by WCSH Channel 6 to six individuals who are dedicated to helping others in need. George has been a valuable asset to ITNPortland as a volunteer driver, driving over 3,300 miles. That’s enough miles to cover a trip from Maine to California! George has taken part in many service missions to Third World Countries located in parts of Central America, South America, and Africa. Other organizations he has worked with include Rotary International, Goodwill Industries, and the Preble Street Resource Center.

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