United Way Grants $75,000 for Marion County Senior Transportation
POSTED: November 28, 2018
United Way of Central Indiana has awarded a $75,000 grant to CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions to support its Way2Go transportation service in Marion County. The grant gives transportation options to CICOA clients and provides the necessary local match needed for obtaining federal transportation funds administered by CICOA.
CICOA’s Way2Go transportation service works to meet the needs of seniors who don’t drive and people with disabilities that make accessing public transportation difficult. Residents of Marion County who are at least 60 years of age and meet eligibility requirements have access to these travel options: Door2Door Service for individual rides to medical appointments, pharmacies and grocery stores, and Shuttle Service shared rides from senior apartment complexes to shopping centers. In addition, Way2Go provides taxi discount coupons, wheelchair vouchers and My Freedom vouchers for travel outside Marion County.
“With the help and support of United Way, we can help our clients remain independent and live life to the fullest,” said Karren Sondrini, director of Way2Go. “We appreciate United Way’s generous contribution to our transportation department.”
Funding from United Way is critical to CICOA’s ability to expand the availability of transportation services for older adults and people with disabilities throughout Central Indiana. Way2Go has a staff of 20, including 15 drivers, operates a fleet of 16 vehicles, and handles over 6,000 phone calls per month. In fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018), Way2Go directly provided or funded 49,932 one-way trips.
Since 2012, CICOA has received more than $577,000 from United Way to support senior transportation in Marion County. The strategic partnership between CICOA and United Way meets CICOA’s mission and allows United Way to meet community goals in its priority area of basic needs. Visit www.uwci.org to learn more about United Way.