1. Basic Ride Service
Rides are given for any reason, any day of the week including weekends and holidays, at any time of the day or night, to anywhere within Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Rides may be requested by phone or email and are provided by a combination of volunteer and paid drivers who use their own cars.
o We are more than a ride - we are a personal service!
o We provide whatever support a rider needs to get from your home to the car and from the car to your destination.
o Our drivers are carefully screened and trained.
o Ride requests by phone or through email need to be made by 1pm the previous day.
o Same day ride requests are not guaranteed and are fulfilled over 85% of the time.
o Riders are picked up at the time requested.
o No money is exchanged at the time of a ride. Monthly statements are sent out.
o Tipping of drivers is not allowed.
o Free rides to eye appointments as the result of a grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
o Riders pay an annual membership fee and are charged a pick-up fee and a mileage charge based on the length of the ride.
o Revenue from rides covers 70% of our expenses, resulting in the need to raise $90,000 in FY18 to maintain operations.
2. Road Scholar Program
Out of our commitment to serve the entire community regardless of financial status, we provide rides to individuals living on limited income at a reduced cost through our Road Scholar Program. The ride service itself is the same as our Basic Ride Service above except for the difference in cost. The fee schedule for the Road Scholar Program is attached.
3. Free Rides to Eye Appointments
As the result of a generous grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, round trip rides to eye related appointments are provided by ITN SunCoast for free. The grant is expected to last through March, 2019.
4. Let's Go Places!
Staying engaged and connected is an important part of staying healthy. At the same time, many older people in our area experience social isolation and loneliness. Let's Go Places! was initiated a few months ago by ITN SunCoast to encourage people to get out and do the things they need and want to do while enjoying our beautiful area and all that it has to offer.
Let's Go Places! provides an exciting monthly calendar of activities. Participants are picked up at their home, share the ride with two or three friends or new acquaintances, go to the specified destination, and get a ride home at the scheduled return time. Door-to-door, round-trip rides to scheduled activities cost $15. As an added benefit, we are negotiating discounts for Let's Go Places! participants at local businesses.
You do not need to be an ITN SunCoast member to go on a Let's Go Places! trip. This service is open to anyone age 60+ or any adult with vision limitations. The program is being piloted in Sarasota and Venice and will be expanded to include Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and North Port in the future.
5. Your Ride to the Arts
ITN SunCoast provides rides to all arts and cultural venues in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The cost of the ride is based on the length of the ride and is priced to be affordable by most people in the area. You do not need to be a member of ITN SunCoast to take advantage of the service. We are partnering with a number of venues including Florida Studio Theater in making people aware of this service.
6. Your Ride to Lifelong Learning
ITN SunCoast provides rides to all lifelong learning programs and events in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The cost of the ride is based on the length of the ride and is priced to be affordable by most people in the area. You do not need to be a member of ITN SunCoast to take advantage of the service. We are partnering with the SunCoast Alliance for Lifelong Learning (SCALL) in promoting this service.
Comments From Our Riders
"I moved to Sarasota permanently last January following my husband's death. I found myself with a huge transportation challenge as my nice husband had also been my chauffeur. I had never driven, did not own a car, and could not walk to a bus stop because it was too far and too hot. Cabs were becoming too expensive and I was not comfortable using UBER. I attend a grief support group at First Presbyterian Church downtown and there I was told about ITN Suncoast and I signed up, "and the rest, as they say, is history". Since then I have been riding in comfort with wonderful, reliable, prompt and cordial drivers who all make it seem like I am riding with a good and trusted friend. ITN Suncoast has been a God send to me and I cannot thank you enough for providing this service." - Kathy Devitt
"It's been wonderful for me! All the drivers are so prompt and gracious." - Flossie Cowell
"I love using ITN so I don't have to rely on my daughter." - ITN SunCoast Member
"I don't know what I would have done without ITN. It's a great service that's enabled me to go out and do things. I feel so blessed to have this service. It's one of the big reasons I've been able to stay in my home!" - Marjorie DeBlock
"My husband did all of the driving so I let my license expire years ago. Last year he came down with a terminal illness and spent the last six weeks in residential hospice. Initially I had no way to visit him until I found ITN. They gave me a ride to visit my husband every day and I will forever be grateful." - ITN SunCoast Member
"ITN SunCoast is a real blessing to me. The rides I get are so convenient and safe. It makes me feel so much better about having given up driving." - ITN SunCoast Member
"Thank you to all donors! I am a lady in her late 80's living in a facility, and the transportation ITN has supplied me is invaluable. I do a grocery run once a week, plus I have more medical appointments than anyone would like to hear about. What's so splendid is that I can outline my needs to ITN and they unfailingly supply me with drivers who are timely, courteous, and enthusiastic. I have been using this service for about 18 months and am deeply indebted to it. That, and taking care of my grooming and attending to continuing education, makes my life a joy." - ITN SunCoast Member
"I would like to recognize ITN Suncoast for there out standing commitment to the community. I use the service often and have found them to be very reliable to my needs. All the drivers that I have had have been outstanding. I would also like to compliment the office staff for all that they do for me. They have all been very helpful." - Jason Martino
"Since moving to Sarasota, my husband passed away and I had major surgery. ITN Sarasota has been a lifesaver. The drivers are always on time and the service has proved to be a very great experience!" - Carol Wilkins
"I've been a member for 3 year. I have had experienced, reliable and courteous drivers without exception. It truly is dignified transportation for those of us who live here and no longer drive." - Eleanor Kveton
"I appreciate all the services I receive from ITN that have enabled me to do so many things. The drivers are unfailingly helpful and good conversationalists." - Frances Quint
"I have found the drivers so kind and caring. They provide a safe ride and the extra benefit of being a friend." - ITN SunCoast Member
"Thanks to ITN, I can call for transportation to church or to a doctor's appointment and I will faithfully have a driver waiting for me." - Betty Fee
"I'm so happy with this service. I don't have a bad thing to say! Everyone is so courteous and punctual. I just feel so comfortable with all of them. It's like I've known them for years!" - Addie Garcia
"It has never been so easy to make someone's day." - ITN SunCoast Volunteer Driver
ITN SunCoast is a Sarasota based non-profit that provides rides to individuals 60+ and any adult with vision challenges. Our mission is to help individuals maintain their independence and live joyful and meaningful lives through a convenient, reliable and affordable transportation option when driving a car themselves is not sensible or safe. Rides are available for any reason, 24/365 to anywhere within Sarasota/Manatee Counties provided mostly by volunteer drivers who use their own cars.