United Way Grant Supports Transportation Services in Marion County
POSTED: July 13, 2015
The United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) awarded a $75,000 grant to CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions in support of its Way2Go transportation service. With this grant, older adults in Marion County have access to low-cost transportation options, including a taxi discount program, essential needs transportation, wheelchair transportation and a weekly grocery shopping/shuttle service from local senior apartment complexes. The grant provides the local match needed for obtaining federal transportation dollars administered by CICOA.
“Transportation consistently ranks as one of the top unmet needs for older adults and people with disabilities in Central Indiana,” said CICOA CEO Orion Bell. “CICOA’s Way2Go service, supported in part by the United Way of Central Indiana, links older adults to essential services that are vital to their well-being.”
Way2Go provides three levels of service for Marion County residents who are at least 60 years of age and meet eligibility requirements: door-to-door shuttle services provide rides to medical appointments, pharmacies and grocery stores; taxi discount coupons offer affordable, half-price taxi coupons through Indianapolis Yellow Cab; and transportation vouchers assist Marion County residents with a disability who may have difficulty accessing regular public transportation.
United Way has been awarding this grant to CICOA since 2012 when the organization assumed oversight of the transportation service formerly administered by the Indianapolis Senior Center. In that year, the United Way and CICOA joined a community-wide effort to minimize the impact of the Senior Center’s closing on clients who depended on its programs and services. Since that time, United Way has elected to renew this grant each year to ensure federal transportation dollars are received and services maintained in Marion County.