Posts Tagged ‘Awards’

ITNAmerica is finalist in competition for $100,000 marketing grant

October 16, 2014

ITNAmerica is one of 23 finalists lined up to present before the abc* Foundation Continuity Forum, an event for leaders implementing smart, sustainable and replicable solutions to large-scale problems. ITN Founder and President Katherine Freund will deliver a proposal for a National Volunteer Driver Campaign at the forum in Miami on Nov. 13 and 14.
abc* Foundation Continuity Forum
From the 23 presentations, abc* will select three winners to receive $100,000 each and two years of marketing and communications support to design and launch their program. If selected, ITN’s program would be supported by a full-time national coordinator position to be able to increase rides for our senior and visually impaired customers by increasing volunteer driver recruitment, retention, and rewards programming.

The Foundation selects initiatives that, with the added assistance of its resources, have the greatest potential for maximum scalability. ITN is proud to be in the running for such a prestigious and generous award … please wish us luck!

ITNCharlestonTrident™ Finalist for Toyota Cars For Good Program

May 18, 2011

ITNCharlestonTrident is a finalist for the Toyota Cars For Good Program.

Please mark your calendar for June 15th and vote for ITNCharlestonTrident.

We are one of only FIVE organizations nationwide that are competing for votes on June 15.

The winner will receive a NEW Toyota.

Four weeks from today (Wednesday, June 15). Please vote for ITNCharlestonTrident at

The seniors and visually impaired riders we provide dignified transportation to say THANK YOU!

PLEASE help spread the word!

Gerontology Students Receive Award

April 6, 2011

College of Charleston


Brenda Sanders of the College of Charleston accepts a 2010 Community Partner Award for ongoing support of the SC Aging in Place Coalition by students of her Gerontology class.
Left to right: Janet Schumacher, Chairman – SCAIP, Kelley Hallmann, Chairman of Aging in Place Week and Brenda Sanders, Gerontology Class Instructor

A College of Charleston gerontology professor and her students have been recognized for making a difference in the Charleston community. Sociology Instructor Brenda Sanders accepted the 2010 Community Partner Award from the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition for creating opportunities for gerontology students to serve seniors in the Lowcountry through internships, volunteer experiences and service learning opportunities.

Every gerontology student participates in a service-learning project. There are about 20 students in the gerontology class and they help with Respite Care Ministries which provides respite for caregivers of those with dementia or to act as drivers for ITN (Independent Transportation Network), a non-profit that provides transportation for senior citizens. In fact, junior Olivia Rothschild, who is currently enrolled in Aging and the Family, provided ITNCharlestonTrident’s 25,000th ride on February 25, 2011. The students also help with events during National Aging in Place week.

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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.

Wolf Drives Senior Ride Service

September 27, 2010

Vanessa Inzitari
The Daily Westport

Westporter Leslie Wolf is driven to keep local senior citizens on the move. And as president of ITNCoastalCT, a nonprofit transportation system, Leslie is doing her part to make sure seniors always have a ride — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

About two years ago, after hearing the challenges many seniors faced with transportation, Leslie joined a group of volunteers who later formed ITNCoastalCT, an affiliate of ITNAmerica, a nonprofit organization that provides transportation to seniors and the visually impaired.

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Leslie Wolf of ITNCoastalCT honored by the Elizabeth Roberts Award

September 20, 2010

Leslie Wolf (President of ITNCoastalCT) received the Elizabeth Roberts Award at the annual United Way of Coastal Fairfield County Celebration on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. The award is given to an individual whose commitment as a volunteer has served the Greater Westport Community in Connecticut.

Leslie Wolf became involved with ITNCoastalCT while doing volunteer work for the Westport Department of Human Services. After attending meetings about the transportation challenges faced by seniors, she joined a group of fellow community volunteers to tackle the issue on how to provide options for seniors. Realizing the need for this service and how a solution would improve the quality of life for seniors, Leslie became committed to making the ITNCoastalCT senior transportation program a reality. With Leslie’s leadership and the commitment and hard work of many, the ITNCoastalCT will be launched this year! In addition to her commitment to ITNCoastalCT Leslie is involved in the community through PTA, sports teams, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, Staples High School Tuition Grants Committee, and the Westport Department of Human Services. She and her husband have three sons and a daughter ages 17 – 27. They have lived in Westport for 15 years. The most rewarding aspect of this project for Leslie is the opportunity to be part of a long lasting change in the way we age in our communities – mobile, independent, and healthier. “We’re dealing with a vulnerable population stuck in their homes and they should be able to go where they want to go, as well as where they need to go. This program allows seniors to be connected to the community, remain active and stay healthy longer. I have learned so much and the relationships and connections with the wonderful people I have met and work with are what keep me involved.”

Read more about the 2010 LIVE UNITED Celebration.

Senior Mobility Advocates Recognized by
South Carolina

May 17, 2010

The annual South Carolina State Aging Awards recently honored residents and civic groups that impact the lives of seniors across the state. In a ceremony at the State House, Lt. Governor Andre Bauer recognized the efforts of several senior advocates making a difference in South Carolina, including three ITNCharlestonTrident™ volunteers.

Volunteer driver Wood Struthers received the Volunteer Service Award for the more than 800 rides he gave in the last twelve months. With a background as a pilot, first in the United States Air Force and later for United Airlines, Wood understands what’s needed to safely and reliably carry ITNCharlestonTrident member riders to and from their destinations. Wood provides rides four days week and sometimes provides as many as ten rides in a single day! Congratulations, Wood, and thank you for your service!

ITNCharlestonTrident and long-time member of the ITNCharlestonTrident Board of Trustees, David Unwin, were both finalists for the Leadership in Aging Award. ITNCharlestonTrident was lauded for its service to the community, specifically recording its 20,000th ride in April 2010 and having a robust team of volunteers which provide 46% of all rides for the 300 member riders. Unwin was recognized for his tireless advocacy for seniors and his endless involvement in numerous senior activities and organizations, where he has been effective in helping seniors get their voices heard. Congratulations to the Board and Staff of ITNCharlestonTrident and to David. Thank you for your service!

Terry Brown, Chair of ITNCharlestonTrident’s Board of Trustees, was a regional winner of the Outstanding Older South Carolinian Award for his years of support for a variety of senior programs. Brown also serves as a volunteer driver, often providing over 50 rides per month. Congratulations, Terry, and thank you for your service!

See a list of all 2010 Aging Award Honorees.

South Carolina State Aging AwardsTerry Brown: Regional Winner – Outstanding Older South Carolinian Award; Jim Ledbetter (representing ITN): State Finalist- Leadership in Aging Award; South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer; Wood Struthers: State Winner – Volunteer Service Award; David Unwin: State Finalist – Leadership in Aging Award

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.

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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Former Postmaster Tom Peterson joins Board of Directors

December 8, 2009

Tom Peterson, a former Las Vegas postmaster, has been named to serve on the Board of Directors of ITNLasVegasValley. “I join with my fellow board members in welcoming Tom Peterson aboard,” said Sam Lieberman, Board Chair. “As postmaster, Tom once developed a unique process for evaluating managers and supervisors that incorporated many facets of national and local performance goals. For this, he was honored as USPS Executive of the Year. He has also handled budgets exceeding ten billion dollars. His extensive experience will bring many valuable assets to ITN that will help us build a strong organization.”

As postmaster, Peterson managed a workforce of over 1,600 employees and was responsible for day-to-day postal operations in the entire Las Vegas Valley. Prior to his position as postmaster, he headed up delivery and retail programs for the United States Postal Service (USPS), responsible for compliance, performance improvements and consistency of operations within 11 western states.

Upon accepting his nomination to the ITNLasVegasValley Board of Directors, Peterson said he was both honored and delighted. “I believe that my background in large scale planning and operations procedures will be helpful to the organization as it launches services in this exciting new marketplace.”