The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties will be awarding a grant to Community Transportation Services, (CTS) in the amount of $14,065 for the purchase of a new vehicle to be based in Old Forge. This new vehicle will replace the current 2005 passenger van that has almost 180,000 miles logged.
In 2012, CTS provided a total of 38,663 miles on their vehicles, providing 398 trips to 748 riders. CTS has a 25 year history of providing free transportation assistance in Hamilton, Herkimer and Oneida counties, with transportation to essential medical, health care and community events, primarily for people who are aging, disabled or in need. For many individuals, the assistance provided by CTS allows them to continue living in their community and to not have to move out of the area in order to be closer to necessary medical care.
The amount provided by the Community Foundation represents their share towards the purchase of a smaller five passenger SUV. As the majority of trips provided by CTS usually are for three passengers or less, the decision was made by the organization to obtain the SUV to supplement the larger wheelchair accessible van operated by CTS. The organization has also received $5,000 through the generosity of the Adirondack Bank Charity Golf Classic. This amount will be applied towards the final vehicle cost, leaving CTS with a fundraising goal of approximately $8,000 to fully purchase their vehicle.
Donations may be forwarded to: Community Transportation Services, PO Box 995, Old Forge, NY 13420 or by contacting Ray Schoeberlein, CTS Board President at (315) 369-3550. CTS is a (501 (c) 3) tax-deductible non-profit organization that operates strictly through community volunteers who donate their time to help their neighbors.
The grant application on behalf of CTS to The Community Foundation was prepared by and submitted through the CAP-21 community grant writer program which is supported in part by the Central Adirondack Association and the Towns of Inlet and Webb.