Posts Tagged ‘Volunteer Drivers’

Seaside Post News-Sentinel: Jeff Craig, Volunteer Driver For ITN Monterey County

August 10, 2016
Jeff Craig, Volunteer Driver for ITN Monterey County

Jeff Craig, Volunteer Driver for ITN Monterey County

This unique service is not only about transportation but building friendships and helping to keep independence for seniors and the visually impaired. You can become a member completing an online application or download and mail on to us.

Recently, ITNMontereyCounty had a member sign on who needed the service only for a couple of months while he recovered from open heart surgery.

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The Carmel Pine Cone: Marriage, work or volunteering, he’s in it for the long haul

August 5, 2016
Jeff Craig, seen here with his wife of 47 years, Carolyn, is a perennial volunteer for several Peninsula organizations.

Jeff Craig, seen here with his wife of 47 years, Carolyn, is a perennial volunteer for several Peninsula organizations. PHOTO/RANDY TUNNELL

HE’S GIVEN 3,500 rides to people over the last four years, but he’s not a cabbie, nor is he an Uber kind of guy. Jeff Craig is a volunteer with ITN Monterey County — the Independent Transportation Network — which helps seniors and those with vision problems with low-cost rides.

Craig said volunteer drivers use their own cars and the service, which is operated on a membership basis, is available on-demand or by pre-planned appointment. Seniors frequently use it for medical visits, but they can use it for anything else, like visiting the grocery store or taking classes at MPC. Craig said the second-most-popular destination is the beauty salon. He’s been driving for the nonprofit since 2012 and is currently the chair of its board.

There are more than 50 volunteers and 300 member-riders, and Craig said they give an average of 50 rides a day, most of them less than four or five miles. The bulk of the rides occur Monday through Friday.

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The Californian: We Could Car Less: Rides for the blind and elderly

February 12, 2016
ITN Monterey County volunteer driver John Brandt

ITN Monterey County volunteer driver John Brandt. (Photo: Jay Dunn/The Salinas Californian)

Jon Brandt of Salinas gives rides in his car to elderly or blind people who cannot drive. Brandt is a volunteer driver for the Independent Transportation Network (ITN) that provides more than 270 automobile rides a week in Monterey County. Brandt says he volunteers to show respect to seniors. “I meet so many interesting people,” Brandt said. “I enjoy it.”

Aimee Cuda is the director ITN Monterey County. “Our clients get rides to every kind of errand, from doctor visits to social events.” One client even gets a ride to and from her job every day. “The ITN ride service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year,” Cuda said, A ride must be arranged before 2 p.m. on the day before it is needed. ITN provides arm-through-arm service, not just door to door. “Our drivers make sure the clients gets to their destinations with dignity and safety,” said Cuda.

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Lexington Herald Leader: Tom Eblen: Non-profit transportation network celebrates 50,000 rides in seven years

January 26, 2016

Roger Parry drove Ruth Mercer, left, and Ethel Stepp on Dec. 11 on the 50,000th trip of ITN Bluegrass, a non-profit organization that provides transportation for elderly and visually impaired people in Lexington. Laura Dake

Ruth Mercer hasn’t been able to drive for some time, so when doctors last spring told her husband, Jerry, that he should quit driving, she was concerned how they would get around.

The couple recently gave up their home of 43 years off Clays Mill Road to move into an apartment at their daughter’s house, but they didn’t want to be constantly asking her for transportation

Then somebody told them about ITN Bluegrass, a non-profit agency that gives rides to people older than 60 or with visual impairment in Lexington and parts of Jessamine and Woodford counties.

“It has afforded me a lot of freedom,” said Mercer, who uses the service two or three times a week. “I really appreciate what they do. I don’t feel like I’m in a cab. I feel like I’m having a friend drive me.”

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CapeGazette.com: Senior transportation co-op is on the road

December 14, 2015
Thanks to volunteer driver Cathy Taylor, ITN Southern Delaware's first official ride went off without a hitch.

Shown are ITN Southern Delaware co-op member Jack Refsnider, left, and volunteer driver Catherine Taylor.

Thanks to volunteer driver Cathy Taylor, ITN Southern Delaware’s first official ride went off without a hitch.

Taylor picked up Jack Refsnider at his Rehoboth home for a scheduled appointment Dec. 2. She also volunteered to bring him back home.

Taylor said, “Jack loves American history, so an interesting conversation was had!” Refsnider said next time he needs a ride, he hopes Taylor will be his driver. She assured him that all the volunteers are wonderful people, but if she is available she would love to drive him again.

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Road Warrior: Volunteer ride service is in high demand in Bergen County

December 7, 2015
Gloria Reinish of Emerson with her driver, Mary Lyons Kim. Reinish has been teaching electrical engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University for more than 50 years.

Gloria Reinish of Emerson with her driver, Mary Lyons Kim. Reinish has been teaching electrical engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University for more than 50 years.

Almost everybody knows Bergen County’s senior population is huge, but nobody was certain that a recently launched low-cost, volunteer ride service designed specifically for the elderly and visually impaired would succeed. After all, Bergen is an affluent, densely populated county with taxis, commercial bus routes, municipal senior vans and a few local senior-ride programs — to say nothing of Uber and Lyft.

But last spring, nearly all doubt was erased when phones at ITN America’s new North Jersey affiliate in Wyckoff started ringing off the hook. By November, ridership topped 100 and weekly rides reached 105.

“We knew there was big demand here because so many seniors need rides, but this is amazing,” said John Boswick, the affiliate’s president and chief executive.

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ITNGreaterCincinnati – Volunteer drivers needed!

April 16, 2012

Demand for the Independent Transportation Network of Greater Cincinnati’s (ITNGC) membership-based transportation service for the elderly and visually-impaired is outstripping its volunteer base, stressing the Deaconess Associations Foundation program’s 25 volunteer drivers.

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Volunteer Drivers Needed for Transportation of Elderly, Visually-Impaired

April 13, 2012

ITNGC for seniors and visually-impaired sees rider demand increase 82 percent

Demand for ITNGreaterCincinnati’s (ITNGC) membership-based transportation service for the elderly and visually-impaired is outstripping its volunteer base, stressing the Deaconess Associations Foundation program’s 25 volunteer drivers.
Ridership has increased 82 percent since January, and additional drivers are desperately needed, said ITNGC executive director Nancy Schuster.

“We had a feeling when we began this initiative in 2010 that it would fill a niche in the transportation needs for seniors and the visually-impaired within the I-275 loop,” said Schuster. “Not everyone is mobile enough or has the ability to wait for bus or special van transportation. We’ve been extremely gratified at the demand for our services, as well as the quality of dedicated volunteers who help us out.”

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Volunteer Drivers Needed at ITNRacineCounty

April 5, 2012

We are a non-profit transportation service for senior citizens 55+ and the visually impaired of Racine County who are no longer able to drive.

We reimburse our volunteer drivers at $0.25 per mile.

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