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Rural Health Network of South Central New York Awards $12,500 for Tioga County Transportation Projects

posted Feb 24, 2016, 5:56 AM by Josie Maroney
Rural Health Network of South Central New York Awards $12,500 for Tioga County Transportation Projects 

Whitney Point, New York – Rural Health Network of South Central New York and its Mobility Management of South Central New York program recently awarded five mini grants to organizations in Tioga County. The $2,500 mini grant awards will assist these organizations in their respective efforts to expand transportation services or access to transportation services to individuals in need. The following is a complete list of awardees and their projects.

· Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga received an award to assist enrollees of its employment program to better access transportation services.

· C TRAN, Chemung County’s public transit provider, received an award to support the pilot of an “on-request” three times a day service to the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building in Owego.

· Community Care Network of Nichols (CCNN) provides volunteer services dedicated to helping the elderly, disabled, and chronically ill stay in their homes while still being able to access services. CCNN received an award to help cover personnel expenses and in doing so, will support the coordination of volunteer transportation for residents of Nichols and surrounding areas.

· Northern Tioga Neighbors Network received an award to support its Volunteer Coordinator position. The Coordinator arranges volunteer transportation for Richford, Berkshire, and Newark Valley residents who need help getting to medical appointments, pharmacies, or grocery stores.

· Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County an award to support its continued coordination of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, which works to support four volunteer-based transportation services in Tioga County.

“With the loss of Tioga County’s public transportation system it is critically important that non-profit health and human service transportation programs serving Tioga residents be supported and expanded when possible. Grant support for C TRAN which provides limited public transportation service in Tioga County will improve access to the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building” said Jack Salo, Executive Director of the Rural Health Network of S.C.N.Y. 

The funding for the projects was made possible through New York State Department of Transportation funds awarded to support Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY), operated under the auspices of the Rural Health Network of S.C.N.Y. MMSCNY has convened both transportation and health and human service stakeholders to consider transportation and mobility needs; and to plan, develop programming and implement a more coordinated, regional transportation system. 

Awards were made based on numerous criteria including the number of Tioga County residents that will be impacted, the project’s potential sustainability, and the project’s ability to improve existing transportation options. For more information about the mini grant awards, please call Rural Health Network of South Central New York at 607-692-7669. 


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