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Community Action Transportation Program Receives New Van

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[January 15, 2008]  The new year is starting off right for Community Action's senior transportation. Staff members recently drove to Kankakee to pick up a new handicapped-accessible vehicle from the Illinois Department of Transportation. A 2007 Chevy Braun joined the fleet of vehicles that transport senior individuals in Logan and Mason counties.

The vehicle has all the newest technologies available to provide the safest transport possible of individuals in wheelchairs. The vehicle and its modifications would have cost the agency over $35,000 if it weren't for IDOT's support of the program.

Each year, the senior transportation program at CIEDC provides approximately 15,000 rides to seniors in central Illinois.

The program is funded with federal support and state general revenue funds. CIEDC also receives partial funding from the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland and receives local support from the United Way of Logan County and Logan County Board senior tax funding. However, each year Community Action must raise thousands of dollars to maintain the level of services currently being provided in Logan and Mason counties.

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Seniors requiring rides to doctor visits and other necessary trips can call CIEDC at 732-2159, ext. 240, to schedule a ride. CIEDC accepts a suggested donation for the service but does not turn away anyone for inability to donate.

"We're so appreciative to IDOT for providing us this vehicle so we can continue our services," said Angie Jenkins, senior programs director for Community Action. "Over 70 percent of all the rides we provide are to important medical-related appointments like dialysis treatments. By providing these services, seniors are able to stay independent and in their own homes longer," Jenkins said.

CIEDC Community Action is a private, nonprofit agency headquartered in Lincoln. The agency provides services to low-income and elderly residents in Fulton, Mason, Logan, Menard, DeWitt and Piatt counties.

[Text from file received from Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.]

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