Posts Tagged ‘ITNGreaterCincinnati’

WMFD: Program gets older adults and students on the road together

February 25, 2015

Beginning with the spring 2015 semester, college students enrolled in select classes at the University of Cincinnati have the opportunity to receive college credit for driving older adults in the community through a pilot project called Driving Community Connections. The Independent Transportation Network (ITN) of Greater Cincinnati has been incorporated into new and existing courses and will provide students with the ability to engage with Ohio’s elders, learn about the aging process and meet a need in their local community.

“I commend University of Cincinnati for embracing an innovative way to fill a key need in the community while also giving students an invaluable learning experience that they won’t find in any textbook,” said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “They will learn that generations are interdependent and that Ohio thrives when we support each other.”

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ITNGreaterCincinnati can cut seniors’ transportation costs in half

February 13, 2015

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky – February 13, 2015 - ITNGreaterCincinnati (ITNGC) not only offers affordable transportation to seniors and adults with vision impairments, we can also cut transportation costs in half for seniors.

According to AAA’s annual “Your Driving Costs” study, the 2014 average cost of automobile ownership is $8,876 per year, based on an average 15,000 miles driven annually. The average adult between the ages of 55 and 64 years old drives approximately 12,000 miles per year, and those 65 years old and over drive less than 8,000 miles per year.

We tend to hold on to our automobiles thinking that it is less expensive than other transportation options available in our community. That simply is not the case. ITNGreaterCincinnati members are reducing their overall transportation budget through our innovative “pay as you go” transportation solution year over year. Who wouldn’t benefit from saving money?

ITNGC can help older adults slash their transportation budget by more than half! ITNGC’s most frequent riders average 275 trips per year and are paying less than half of the average cost of owing a private automobile. Looking at these costs another way, the average cost of a ride with ITNGC is $13. At that rate $8,876would get you over 680 rides or 340 round trips per year. That is almost one round trip ride every day of the year!

The mission of ITNGC is to provide seniors (60+) and visually impaired adults with a 24/7 transportation resource that is “arm-through-arm, door-through-door, go where you want to go when you want to go.” ITNGC breaks down the isolation that comes when seniors surrender their keys, and gives visually impaired adults freedom to go beyond bus routes at a cost they can afford with no ride restrictions.
Volunteer drivers provide the rides for ITNGC making this service community supported and sustainable. All volunteers are trained and background checked. This is one of the most gratifying volunteer positions you can have because volunteers work directly with clients.

ITNGC has been operating in the Greater Cincinnati area since May, 2010 and was brought to the area by the Vision Coalition of Greater Cincinnati and the Deaconess Associations Foundation, both of which realized there was a significant local need for transportation for older adults and visually impaired adults on both sides of the river. They coordinated their resources and efforts and together formed ITNGreaterCincinnati, a local affiliate of the national ITN organization. Now ITNGC serves residents within the I-275 loop in Kentucky and Ohio.

Deaconess Associations Foundation Awards $65,000 to ITNGC

June 3, 2014

[cincinnati.com]

“Reliable transportation is considered one of the most problematic issues for seniors and the sight-impaired who are striving to remain independent,” said Tony Woods, chairman of Deaconess Associations Inc. “Deaconess is pleased to continue providing financial support to ITNGreaterCincinnati to help this organization maintain such a valuable service in our community.”

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Partnership benefits senior transportation needs

December 31, 2013

Bayley, a continuing care retirement community in Delhi will be partnering with Independent Transportation Network Greater Cincinnati beginning in January.

Seniors often become isolated in their own homes when they no longer drive. Friends and family members are not always available to meet the needs. ITN’s volunteer based transportation service brings the community together by offering rides every day of the week to our neighbors at rates they can afford. Trips to the hairdresser, shopping or luncheon dates can again be part of the monthly calendar.

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ITNGC Allows Seniors to Volunteer, Keep Connected in Community

May 30, 2012

Deaconess names “Terrific Ten” Subscribers Who Use Transportation Service to Volunteer

Life doesn’t stop when a senior citizen stops driving. In fact, some Cincinnati seniors who subscribe to the citywide transportation service use it for volunteering as well as shopping, running errands and meeting friends for lunch.

The Independent Transportation Network GreaterCincinnati (ITNGC) has identified its “Terrific Ten” seniors who use the service to volunteer within the community.

They may look like featherweights—averaging 5’2″ and 87 years old– but they are heavyweights in their commitment to their communities and churches.

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