Driving service in Tucson area needs volunteers

2014-07-05T00:00:00Z 2014-07-13T15:50:30Z Driving service in Tucson area needs volunteersBy Patty Machelor Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Volunteer drivers are needed for a Tucson organization that provides door-to-door rides to anyone over 60 as well as for people with visual impairments.

More than 60 people have signed up with iTN GreaterTucson since it started here last September as part of a national nonprofit. Katherine Freund founded iTN America 20 years ago in Portland, Maine, after her 3-year-old son was hit by an elderly man who had dementia.

The organization now offers services in 28 cities nationwide, providing a low-cost alternative to senior citizens who should no longer be driving.

The cost is $100 per year for one person and $150 per year for families. Once that fee is paid, the pickup cost per ride is $2.50, and then $1.50 per mile.

To help offset the cost, people who have a car they are no longer using can donate the car for auction.

“Once there is money in their account, we can provide rides 24/7,” said Judy Clinco, vice-president of the organization’s board of directors. “Our demand for rides is dramatically increasing, and our greatest need is for volunteer drivers.”

Volunteer drivers must undergo a criminal background check and not have had a moving violation for the last three years, Clinco said. People can contribute as little as one volunteer morning per week.

“Ideally, for these summer months, we need about 20 more volunteers,” she said.

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