Posts Tagged ‘Awards’

ITNSanDiego Receives Honor Award

November 18, 2009

Freedoms Foundation Group

SAN DIEGO (November 10, 2009) – The San Diego County Chapter of The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge recognized ITNSanDiego for “exemplary humanitarian community service” at their awards luncheon on November 10, 2009. Nominated by Freedoms Foundation members Gerri Lewis and Isabelle Skidmore, ITNSanDiego Executive Director Chuck Overbey was presented with an Honor Award and Certificate of Merit.

The nomination process includes a scrapbook of substantiating material compiled by the nominating member, which was also presented to Overbey.

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge was founded in 1949 and is dedicated to helping students, teachers and citizens gain a greater awareness and appreciation of the principles of a free and democratic society.

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Annual Retreat a great success

October 28, 2009

ITNAmerica hosted the annual Affiliate Retreat at the national offices in Westbrook, Maine, October 22-23, 2009. Board members, staff and volunteers from across the nation attended to learn about sustainability, fundraising, insurance, volunteer management, and more. Sessions were led by ITNAmerica staff, as well as presenters from affiliates sharing lessons from their unique communities. ITNAmerica currently has 14 affiliates.

Terry Brown of ITNCharlestonTrident received the National Max & Helen Israelite Volunteer of the Year Award. Diana Chin of ITNOrlando received the Karl Durgin Memorial Award for Excellence in Operations. Purpose Prize winner and Bonnie CLAC founder Robert Chambers was the keynote speaker.

Local Volunteer Receives National Award

October 26, 2009

Terry Brown, volunteer driver, grant writer and Chairman of the North Charleston based senior transportation program, ITNCharlestonTrident, was honored October 22 in Portland, Maine, with the national Max and Helen Israelite Volunteer of the Year Award.

The national award, presented at a gathering of affiliates across the nation, is named for Max Israelite, a founding member of the original Independent Transportation Network® board of directors. Founded in 1995, ITN® provides dignified transportation to seniors and adults with visual impairments 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using a combination of volunteer and paid drivers in 14 affiliate communities, from the east coast to the west coast, the Midwest and the South. ITN provides rides with door-to-door, arm-through-arm service to thousands of seniors nationwide.

Serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors, Terry brought to the position his considerable experience in directing other non-profit organizations combined with his outstanding leadership and organizational skills honed in the U.S. Marine Corps where he advanced to the rank of colonel. Terry has guided the ITN affiliate through a period of significant growth in membership and rides while successfully weathering the impact of the downturn in the economy and while functioning in other key volunteer roles in addition to that of Board Chair.

As a volunteer driver, Terry exhibits a caring attitude and a passion for helping member riders remain independent, healthy and socially engaged through the ITN transportation program. Terry has been an active volunteer driver for ITN from day one of the organization and continues to average approximately 25 rides a month.

As the organization’s volunteer grant writer, Terry has been responsible for creating the majority of the many successful funding applications for ITNCharlestonTrident over the last three years. Terry has put in hundreds of hours of volunteer time in writing over 50 grants which have resulted in nearly $500,000 in funding during this period.

ITNCharlestonTrident operates as a non-profit serving the areas of greater Charleston, greater North Charleston and greater Mount Pleasant with funding support from the Trident United Way, Charleston County Council, Town of Mount Pleasant, City of Charleston, Coastal Community Foundation, MUSC, Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Association for the Blind, among others. Celebrating its third year of operation on November 15, 2009, ITNCharlestonTrident provides rides to over 300 member riders and will record its 17,000th ride the week of Oct. 26.

Terry Brown receiving National Volunteer of the Year Award
Terry Brown (on the left) receiving National Volunteer of the Year Award,
with Alan Fried, ITN Chief Operating Officer and Katherine Freund,
founder of the ITN