Region - posted May, 11 2012
ITNNorthCentralConnecticut is now offering rides 24/7 to seniors and adults with visual impairments in Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks. This alternative transportation program uses a combination of volunteer and paid drivers who provide rides in private vehicles. There is no restriction on the purpose of a ride, and help is offered to carry packages, fold walkers, and open doors. Annual memberships are $40 for an individual and $60 for a household. Ride charges during the day are $4 for pickup plus $1 per mile. Volunteer schedules are very flexible. Volunteers receive mileage reimbursement for part of the ride and transportation credits for the rest. Volunteers can save these credits for their own future use, transfer them to a loved one, or donate them to the Road Scholarship Program for low-income riders. ITNNorthCentralConnecticut is a community-supported nonprofit that does not use public dollars for operating expenses. The organization needs additional volunteers to keep the cost of the service affordable. ITN also accepts car donations, or members may trade their unused cars for an equal value of ride credits. Applications for memberships and to become a volunteer driver are on the website at www.itnnorthcentralct.org. For more information call Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.