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Corning Paratransit Services Incorporated

August 31, 2014

Forward, Ever

Corning Paratransit Services, Incorporated is now a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation, dedicated to providing door-to-door transportation for the the mobility-challenged in the Corning, NY area. Hooray!  

It's been a journey. I'm grateful to the Board of Directors for understanding that the ability to move is a universal human need.  Mobility is not a car or a bus – it’s the freedom that comes from knowing you can move when and where you want.  We believe all people have a right to access the paratransit and mobility options they need to experience their independence and  have quality of life. 

Corning Paratransit Services, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization based in Corning that will provide the mobility challenged, elderly, disabled, and others transportation options that enable them to live a more self-sufficient and independent life. Our services will provide a lifeline and, for many, a bridge to the community.  We support resilience, hope and healthy, joyful aging.   Mobility for life. 


Corning Paratransit Services’ mission is to promote independence and self-sufficiency for people with limited mobility by providing caring, customer-focused transportation.


Corning ParaTransit Services will provide affordable, door to door, on-demand, lift-equipped transportation to disabled and mobility-challenged Corning-area residents, ultimately 18 hours a day, seven days a week, 360 days a year throughout the Corning-Elmira area and ultimately Steuben County.


We envision a future where all people, regardless of age, health, disability, or income have easy access to the mobility options they need to enhance their independence and quality of life.

June 9, 2009

Progress

We have a new informational brochure.

We have a SCORE advisor!

We have two more new board members, enough for our incorporation, if
any can also take on the duties of a VP/Treasurer and Secretary.

We're getting there!

June 3, 2009

Bit by Bit

Our name is now officially almost ours. It's reserved until July 22nd. To make it ours evermore, we must fill our articles of incorporation by the 22nd or apply for an extension.

June 12 is the deadline for another grant possibility this time from the Appalachian Regional Commission-- these grants are for economic opportunity, workforce development, and infrastructure. CPS addresses all three: we
would provide transportation, employ people ( drivers, dispatchers. accountant, lawyer), and make employment possible for the mobility challenged and the disabled. We would also employ trainers to train our drivers and staff on working with, and developing protocols for assisting our mobility challenged clients. These grants require a match.

I met with a SCORE advisor on Tuesday who made several good recommendations. I've followed up on all of them but one: ask an accounting firm for a pro bono accountant. Without some entree, it not something I will do.
I have contacted several organizations and agencies to see if they track the number of mobility challenged people
they service, and tried to begin an academic contact.

Two prime candidates have demurred, now if we just had some more board members...

May 22, 2009

Vote for this IDEA!

Vote here, to help actualize this idea!

http://www.ideablob.com/ideas/5465-Mobility-Matters-Paratransit-Se

Mobility Matters: Paratransit Services

One in fifty Americans in paralyzed. In Steuben County, 20.8% (over 19,000) of the population is disabled and there is no on-demand para-ransit. Public transportation is minimal. There is also no grocery delivery in the area, described as "micropolitan."

This project would procure a paratransit taxi and make transportation, mobility and access available to the mobility-challenged and wheelchair users in this area. The link between poverty and disability is widely recognized, yet without transportation, there is no way the mobility-challenged can get to work, shop, or fully participate in the community. ParaTransit Services would remedy this inequity.

If funded the next steps would be:
Secure 501c3 status
Get an accountant
Get an attorney
Short term Lease of a Parataxi
Hire a Driver
Hire a part time dispatcher


May 7, 2009

Corning ParaTransit Services

Mission Statement

Corning ParaTransit Services will provide affordable, origin-to-destination, on-demand, lift-equipped transportation to disabled and mobility-challenged Corning-area residents, 18 hours a day, seven days a week, 360 days a year throughout the Corning-Elmira area and ultimately Steuben County.

Values
Corning ParaTransit will enable the mobility-challenged, to work, shop, and attend events by offering extended hour (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) origin to destination public transportation to convey this population in the Corning area.
Empowerment through Access. Empowerment through Transportation.

Background

There is no para-transit service in the Corning-Elmira area.
20.8%, or an estimate 19,038 people in Steuben county have a disability.
The employment rate for people with a disability age 21 to 64 is 47.7% in contrast with those without a disability which is 80.5%. The lack of transportation affects the ability to work.
The latest surveys (Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation) estimate that 1 in 50 Americans is paralyzed… that’s 1,960 people in Steuben County as a potential audience.