Southern Tier Tuesdays: Getthere Mobility Management awarded $2,000 grant
(WBNG) -- Getthere Mobility Management is this week’s winner of a $2,000 grant from Upstate Shredding through Southern Tier Tuesdays.
It is part of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York whose mission is to advance the health and well-being of rural people and communities.
Through their Connection to Care program, Getthere provides financial assistance to qualifying residents for transportation to health-related services.
Transportation services eligible for support from Connection to Care include public transportation fares, volunteer driver programs, private transportation services and pre-paid fuel cards.
“Obviously, transportation has become much more expensive,” said Transportation Training Coordinator Julie Feheley, “That’s one of the things we are going to do with this grant is be able to help offset the cost so people can continue to get to their appointments.”
Getthere also offers a Travel Training Program that helps individuals navigate rural and urban transportation options safely and independently. Along with this program, Getthere offers a voucher program and a “Transportation to Employment” program.
Getthere works with partners in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga counties.
Since 2013, the Call Center has helped individuals in more than 5,600 cases meet their transportation needs. Connection to Care has helped more than 1,000 individuals travel more than 350,000 miles, enabling people with no options to access essential medical care.
“It really validates what we are doing and shows there is a big need in our community and it makes us look into how we can expand the program to help more people,” said Feheley.
For more information on Getthere and its programs, click here or call 855-373-4040.
Southern Tier Tuesdays is a philanthropic endeavor of Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding, and his daughter, Clover. For more information or to nominate a Southern Tier non-profit go to southerntiertuesdays.com.
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