Posts Tagged ‘Volunteers’

West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka proclaimed Sept. 24, 2015 ITNCentralCT Day

October 2, 2015

SEPT. 24, 2015 – WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – In honor of ITNCentralCT‘s 10,000th ride and the 20th anniversary of the Independent Transportation Network as a whole, the Town Council of West Hartford declared Sept. 24, 2015 to be “ITNCentralCT Day.”

Mayor Scott Slifka presented ITNCentralCT Executive Director Kevin Farmer with the Proclamation at the West Hartford Town Council Meeting at the West Hartford Town Hall. Watch a video of the presentation from 42:58 to 48:18 here.

ITNCentralCT‘s Kevin Farmer, upon accepting the Proclamation, stated: “Our greatest need is to grow so we can serve our community. We need additional volunteers and financial supporters, and this proclamation will help us along that pathway.”

West Hartford’s Town Council has been instrumental in bringing the Independent Transportation Network to Connecticut, and specifically in promoting and supporting ITNCentralCT‘s mission of providing sustainable, community-based transportation services for seniors and adults with visual impairment, thereby preserving and promoting independence. ITNCentralCT provides safe, affordable, arm-through-arm, door-through-door rides any time, for any reason.

Mayor Slifka, and former Mayor Jonathan Harris, started working with ITNAmerica in 2003. This collaboration led to the creation of ITNCentralCT, which first started giving rides in April 2009. ITNCentralCT is headquartered in Room 216 in West Hartford Town Hall, and enjoys financial and volunteer support throughout its fifteen-town service area, from Middletown in the south, to West Hartford in the north.

Learn more about ITNCentralCT online at www.itncentralct.org.

Sussex County Post: ‘Reliable, dignified’ senior transportation network on the launching pad

August 17, 2015
‘Reliable, dignified’ senior transportation network on the launching pad

Nancy Feichtl outlines launching plans for iTNSouthernDelaware that will provide affordable, dependable transportation for members 55 years of age and over.

GEORGETOWN – A private-sector, non-profit transportation solution for Sussex County’s aging seniors who cannot or no longer want to drive is on the launching pad.

Memberships and volunteer drivers are the month of August focus as iTNSouthernDelaware gears up for a September 2015 launch of its ride program for seniors 55 and over.

“We have happily become an affiliate of iTN (Independent Transportation Network) America,” said Nancy Feichtl, founder of iTNSouthernDelaware, in an update to Sussex County Council Tuesday. “We became an affiliate with the only nationwide senior transportation cooperative.”

Read the full article online here.

Stakeholder Health: ITN volunteers drive seniors, visually impaired

August 17, 2015

In 1988, Katherine Freund was set on a new path. That’s when an 84-year-old driver, who should not have been behind the wheel, hit her 3-year old son. The son survived the life-threatening brain injury, is healthy and now in his thirties. But the event led Freund, then working on graduate studies in public policy, to explore this question: what options are to seniors as they lose their ability to drive?

It’s been said that when “I” is replaced with “we,” illness becomes wellness. This is certainly true for elderly people as they seek help getting to vital medical appointments. In the United States seniors typically outlive their ability drive—seven years for men and a decade for women. And this has a big impact on their health.

Read the full article online here

Orlando Sentinel: Lack of transportation has serious consequences for older adults

July 21, 2015

Ruth Combs, 80, of Orlando, who does not drive, gets a ride from John McCallister, 76, a volunteer driver for ITN Orlando.Ruth Combs stood on the sidewalk in front of her Orlando home in a pastel belted dress, stud earrings and rimless glasses, awaiting her ride on a recent afternoon. When the cherry-red Toyota Camry pulled up, she got in with ease.

“Since my husband has passed away, ITN has been like my soul mate again, you know?” said Combs, 80.

ITNOrlando is one of a handful of local groups that help shuttle the elderly to doctors appointments and errands.

Central Florida offers few options for older Americans who are retiring their car keys. For seniors who can no longer drive, the lack of alternatives poses myriad health concerns, psychologists say.

Read the full article online here

WMTW 8: Transportation organization celebrates 20 years

June 17, 2015

Katherine Freund Storybook Tour WMTW 8ITN provides rides for people who cannot drive

PORTLAND, Maine – A group celebrated two decades of providing transportation to the visually impaired and aging drivers.

The organization ITNAmerica launched a 60-day national road trip to commemorate the anniversary of the nonprofit organization.

Each year, thousands of Americans take advantage of the Independent Transportation Network, which allows people who cannot drive or choose to give up their keys a transportation alternative.

Watch the story online here

MPBN: Transportation Network Helps Elderly Mainers Get Around and Stay Connected

June 15, 2015

ITN Founder and President Katherine Freund

PORTLAND, Maine – Spurred on by a traumatic personal experience, Katherine Freund of Portland has spent the last two decades helping the elderly and visually impaired access what she calls “dignified transportation.”

Next week she’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Independent Transportation Network that she created.

ITN provides rides to seniors who no longer feel safe behind the wheel. Over the years, the network has grown from a local operation to one that helps thousands of people in 21 states. But it’s not growing fast enough to meet the needs of a rapidly aging population.

It’s 1:30 on a weekday afternoon in Westbrook and 86-year-old Rose Novick is getting a ride home from the furniture store where she works.

Listen to the interview online here

GainesvilleTimes.com: New senior transportation program could start in December

June 4, 2015

Group joining national affiliate ahead of launch

A primarily volunteer-run, discounted fare-based transportation program serving Hall County’s seniors could begin hitting the road in December.

“By that time, we’d like to have an executive director on board, drivers and people familiar with (internal) software so we can start our rides,” said Gary Lawrence, the group’s co-chairman.

But first, the nonprofit ITNLanier — or Independent Transportation Network Lanier – expects to become a national affiliate of ITNAmerica, and the first such one in Georgia, by June 15.

The group is paying $25,000 in affiliation fees but in return will get software “to track our trips, so we know where people are going and when they’re going there.”

“It’s going to be a very powerful tool for us,” Lawrence said, speaking Wednesday to the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Committee.

Read the full article online here

Tucson News Now: Drivers needed to assist older residents who can’t drive themselves

May 22, 2015

Kathy Wilson of ITNGreaterTucson featured on Tucson News Now!

Drivers needed to assist older residents who can't drive themselves

Drivers needed to assist older residents who can't drive themselves

Watch the video online here

WESH Orlando: Organization offers rides to people who can no longer drive

April 10, 2015

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The News Record: Class connects students with Cincinnati’s aging population

April 1, 2015
Lisa Ventre - University of Cincinnati

Lisa Ventre - University of Cincinnati

Through a new course offered by the Center of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, University of Cincinnati students are serving the community and connecting with a demographic they may not usually think about: the elderly.

The Driving Community Connections course allows students to volunteer to drive aging adults around the Cincinnati area. The program, which began this semester, also gives students the opportunity to learn about the service industry.

“There are a lot of things we just don’t understand about aging because we’re all too young,” said Michael Sharp, director of the Center of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. “With this program, we can teach students about engaging with the elderly.”

Read the full article online here