ITNGreaterCincinnati Seeking Volunteer Drivers

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Independent Transportation Network/ITNGreaterCincinnati™ that provides dignified transportation for seniors and the visually impaired seeks volunteer drivers for 2 hours per week

Volunteer drivers are needed to provide “dignified” rides to seniors and visually impaired adults 2 hours per week. ITNGreaterCincinnati™ is now offering volunteers Transportation Social Security™. Volunteer drivers may be reimbursed in cash for occupied miles and earn Transportation Social Security™ credits for their unoccupied miles. Nancy Schuster, Executive Director ITNGreaterCincinnati™, said that “volunteers are critical to the sustainability of the program and giving them a vehicle to build up their own transportation account will allow them to plan for a day when they move from the driver’s seat into the passenger seat.” She explained that “the ITNRides™ program is so sophisticated that it can schedule a volunteer for as little as 3 hours a month and can make sure that the time is convenient to the volunteer’s other activities. Volunteer as you drive to work or drive to church, it is as simple as that.”

The program, which began in May 2010 has given over 700 rides and serves the area within the I-275 loop in Ohio, plus trips to the airport in northern Kentucky.

The primary goal of ITNGreaterCincinnati™ is to enable seniors (60+) and visually impaired persons who don’t drive to maintain their freedom, independence and dignity. Those who wish to utilize the service will pay an annual membership fee of $75. Ride charges during the day are a $3.50 pickup fee and $1.25 per mile. In return, they will enjoy peace of mind knowing that a clean, private car and safe, experienced driver are available to them around the clock, 365 days per year, and that they don’t have to ask for favors, plan around the schedules of others, use public tax dollars, travel in groups, or make their way to a pickup point to reach their destination.

ITNAmerica® is a non-profit, transportation network that provides dignified transportation in cars and uses volunteer drivers 24 hours per day, seven days per week for senior citizens living in communities across the nation, including those in California, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, and South Carolina.

Applications for Membership or to become a Volunteer Driver are available on the website http://www.ITNGreaterCincinnati.org. For additional information, call Nancy Schuster at 513-559-2856 or email info(at)ITNGreaterCincinnati(dot)org.

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