Archive for the ‘ITNGreaterCincinnati’ Category

The River City News: St. Onge Volunteers as Driver, Encourages Others to Help

July 14, 2015

St. Onge Volunteers as Driver, Encourages Others to Help

State Representative Diane St. Onge recently drove as a volunteer for ITNGreaterCincinnati (ITNGC), taking Erlanger resident Jean Bryson to a medical appointment.

St. Onge, an attorney and Republican from Lakeside Park, has lived and worked in Northern Kentucky for 30 years and said that she knows that isolation is a huge problem for older adults who no longer drive.

“I was very honored to be able to participate as a driver for ITN Greater Cincinnati,” St. Onge said. “Meeting Mrs. Jean Bryson and driving her to her appointment was a distinct pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed the company of this remarkable woman. ITNGreaterCincinnati provides a necessary service to the elderly, allowing them to maintain the independence and quality of life we all cherish.”

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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.”

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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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Cleveland Plain Dealer: University of Cincinnati students may receive credit for driving older adults

February 25, 2015

University of Cincinnati students will volunteer to drive older adults as part of a pilot program called Driving Community Connections.

CINCINNATI, Ohio – University of Cincinnati students may receive credit for driving older adults in a pilot project that will provide transportation to the elderly.

The university has partnered with the Independent Transportation Network of Greater Cincinnati for a program that may expand to other universities.

Cincinnati is the only city in Ohio currently in the network, in which volunteer drivers provide door-to-door services for adults who have paid dues to the non-profit organization.

The program, Driving Community Connections, is supported by the Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Board of Regents.

This semester, UC students who volunteer can take a one credit hour online elective course to learn more about the aging process. Ohio Department of Aging staff will participate in class webinars.

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Book sales to benefit non-profit ITNGreaterCincinnati

January 28, 2015

NORTHERN, KY – January 28, 2015 – ITNGreaterCincinnati (ITNGC) is pleased to announce that local author Robert Schrage, a resident of Dayton, KY has generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale of his new book to ITNGreaterCincinnati. The book, Legendary Locals of Covington, profiles many well-known people important to the history of Covington. Some examples are Clay Wade Bailey, Doc Rusk, Mary Ellen Moore, Kenny Price, local artist Kevin T. Kelly, and many more. Schrage served as Assistant Director for the Northern Kentucky Area Development District for 27 years and has served in many community organizations, including being a volunteer driver for ITNGC. He is active in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and has written several other books.

The mission of ITNGC is to provide seniors (60+) and visually impaired adults (18+) with a 24/7 transportation resource that is “arm-through-arm, door-through-door and helps you go where you want to go when you want to go.” This model empowers its non-driving members to regain control of their transportation decisions. 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. ITNGC now offers rides in Ohio and Kentucky, with volunteers providing most of the rides.

Schrage understands this mission and recognizes ITNGC’s benefit to individuals as well as its contribution to business and to the community. You need only contact Schrage at and mention that you are purchasing to benefit ITNGC and he will mail the book to you (FREE SHIPPING). The price is $21.99 + tax and Schrage will sign your copy of the book! In February, Covington will be celebrating its bi-centennial., What better way to celebrate than with a book about “legendary locals”!

About ITNGreaterCincinnati

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

More information on how to become a volunteer driver can be obtained on the website, or by calling 859-441-8111 or 513-559-2200.

Schrage becomes volunteer for ITN

July 25, 2014

Robert Schrage is the newest Kentucky volunteer for ITNGreaterCincinnati, a nonprofit agency that provides transportation to members over the age of 60 and visually impaired adults.

Schrage first became interested in ITNGC several months ago when the agency began offering rides in Northern Kentucky. He gave his first ride on June 22 taking Mr. and Mrs. Charles Obel of Latonia to Runyan Memorial Christian Church.

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Deaconess Associations Foundation Awards $65,000 to ITNGC

June 3, 2014


“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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Volunteers transport those who can’t drive

December 30, 2013

When Noel Stegner wants to meet a friend for lunch, needs to run an errand or visit his doctor, he simply gets in his car and drives. It’s a simple task for most people, but he knows some don’t have that luxury.

The Fort Thomas native remembers when his family had to tell his grandfather, back in the 1970s, that it was no longer safe for him to drive.

“I can still remember his face. He was so independent, and he was devastated,” Stegner, 73, said of his grandfather. “After all these years, it still bothers me.”

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Partnership offers rides in N.Ky.

September 12, 2013

Three years ago, ITNGreaterCincinnati (ITNGC) was brought to Cincinnati by the Deaconess Associations Foundation and the Vision Coalition to provide transportation to people over 60 and visually impaired adults. Since that first ride in May 2010, ITNGC has provided almost 20,000 rides in Cincinnati and expanded service to Northern Kentucky.

ITNGC is now offering a “go where you want to go, when you want to go” transportation alternative to residents in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties who live, work or play within the Interstate 275 loop in Ohio and Kentucky.

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