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The Californian: Senior Day at Monterey County Fair set for Thursday

November 10, 2015

The 2015 Senior Day Resource Fair at the Turf Club at the Monterey County Fair is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Seniors 62 years or older get free admission to the fair.

This fun event connects seniors with more than 35 community and senior services, with free event bags, give-aways, live entertainment, health screenings, computer help, travel services, coffee and snacks, senior information, and a farmers’ market.

The Resource Fair is sponsored by Central Coast Senior Services, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Alliance On Aging and Legal Services For Seniors.

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The Californian: Annual safety event focuses on family

November 10, 2015

The line-up of governmental, nongovernmental, and nonprofit agencies taking an opportunity to inform the public about safety during Community Safety Saturday is dazzling.

The event, sponsored by Capital Insurance Group (CIG) for the third year, continues to grow and attract concerned parents, community members and kids who just want to have fun.

Community Safety Saturday will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. This is a free, family friendly event devoted to teaching the public about safety.

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The Californian: Job fair set Tuesday at Hartnell

November 10, 2015

Military veterans looking for a job just might find one Tuesday at Hartnell College. The Third Annual Veterans Appreciation Job Fair and inaugural Student Volunteer Fair opens at 9 a.m. at Steinbeck Hall, 411 Central Ave.

More than 60 employers from community agencies and private sector companies will be on hand. In addition to job offers, many of them also will be offering internships and volunteer opportunities.

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West Hartford News: Job bank, network celebrate anniversaries

June 25, 2015

Photo courtesy of Bob Cave From left, Independent Transportation Network Executive Director Kevin Farmer, Seniors Job Bank office manager Bill Stachelek and West Hartford Town Manager Ron Van Winkle, during a recent anniversary celebration of the two non-profit organizations, which share office space at town hall.

West Hartford >> Two non-profit associations share an office in the West Hartford Town Hall: the Seniors Job Bank & Independent Transportation Network. Both of these associations have the same goal of helping and providing services to seniors and others in the greater West Hartford area.

The two non-profits were present at the SJB second anniversary celebration and said thank you to the town of West Hartford for its support in making their expansions successful over the past two years.

West Hartford Town Manager Ron Van Winkle, ITN Executive Director Kevin Farmer and SJB Office Manager Bill Stachelek led the group in singing “Happy Anniversary” at the celebration.

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SFGate: ITNAmerica celebrating its 20th anniversary

June 19, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A program founded in Maine that allows seniors to trade in their vehicles in exchange for rides is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week.

The concept of trading in cars for rides is aimed at getting elderly motorists off the road when they can no longer drive safely. The program was the brainchild of a mother, Katherine Freund, whose 3-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old old man.

Freund created the Independent Transportation Network to provide a solution.

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Kentucky.com: Business awards – Week of June 8

June 16, 2015

Twenty percent of i know expo sponsorship dollars from the 2015 i know expo went into the Blue Grass Community Foundation i know expo foundation. From it, awards were made to two local nonprofits. The total collected this year was $5,400. Of that, the 20 percent went to the i know expo initial nonprofit sponsor, ITNBluegrass (Independent Transportation Network), which offers dignified transportation for seniors. Kentucky CancerLink received the rest.

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the Forecaster: Maine ride-service founder hits the road in search of stories

June 16, 2015

Katherine Freund Storybook TourPORTLAND — Millions of Americans drive every day, whether it’s commuting to work, making a trip to the store or just for fun.

But what happens when older drivers start to lose their ability to drive safely?

The most obvious solution is for that person to get a ride from someone else. And that’s where the nonprofit organization Independent Transportation Network comes in.

The organization, now entering its 20th year, was founded as a way for senior citizens to have access to volunteers willing to drive them where they need to go.

And to celebrate the anniversary of the first ride, ITN founder and President Katherine Freund is kicking off a rather unusual drive of her own.

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Sun Journal: Elderly driving – tour calling attention to turning over keys

June 16, 2015

Katherine Freund Storybook TourWESTBROOK — Katherine Freund, an advocate who has called attention to the problem of seniors driving when it’s not safe, is about to hit the road.

On Tuesday, she’s launching a nationwide, 60-day cross-country trip to spotlight the need for seniors to hang up their keys when it’s time and have alternative transportation available.

Freund is president of Independent Transportation Network of America, a nonprofit organization that provides rides to seniors. She founded ITNAmerica 20 years ago, after her son was run over by an 84-year-old driver. Her son suffered a brain injury but recovered.

ITN is in 20 communities across the country, including the Portland area, but not in most parts of Maine. Transportation is lacking in many communities, Freund said, adding that needs to change.

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

June 10, 2015

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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.

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AARP Livable Communities: 5 Questions for Katherine Freund

March 18, 2015

AARP Livable CommunitiesOn average, men in the United States outlive their ability to drive by seven years. Women, who generally live longer than men, survive an additional decade beyond their driving years. Since the majority of communities nationwide are not walkable and do not have comprehensive public transit options, being a nondriver can be a limiting, isolating and even health-endangering experience.

Case in point: More than 3 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments every year because they lack a ride to the doctor.

As a young mother in 1988, Katherine Freund learned firsthand that the transportation problems faced by older adults can have a direct impact on people of any age, including her then-toddler son, who was run over and seriously injured by an 84-year-old driver who didn’t even realize he had nearly killed a child. (After years of extensive care the little boy did recover and is now a successful 30-year-old man.)

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