Volunteer drivers are needed for a new transportation service that will provide low cost rides, 24/7 for the elderly and visually impaired members of Mercer County beginning this October.

ITNGreaterMercerT, a program of the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association, will pick passengers up at their doors, help with packages or assistive devices, and deliver them to their destinations in private automobiles driven primarily by volunteers.

ITN is a membership organization, not a charity, nor a taxi service. ITN members have personal debit accounts with charges based on distance that can be reduced by sharing rides or taking advantage of community-supported programs such as “Ride and Shop” and “Healthy Miles,” providing discounts for rides to participating businesses and medical facilities.

ITN’s service area is a 10-mile radius centered on the Quakerbridge Mall. This includes service to the train stations that have access to airports, for more remote trips.

ITN volunteer drivers are residents of Mercer County who recognize the need for reliable senior transportation. Volunteer drivers are rewarded for their services by accumulating mile credits that can be used at a later date by themselves, donated to a loved one, or donated to a community scholarship fund. ITN volunteers come from all walks of life, from younger adults to active seniors. Volunteer schedules are flexible.

Family members and friends can support family and friends by giving them ITN gift certificates. For information call 609-452-1491 (www.itngreatermercer.org).

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