National Volunteer Transportation Center
Helen K. Kerschner, Ph.D.
kerschner at ctaa.org
Helen Kerschner has more than 40 years of experience in health, aging, transportation, volunteerism, and international development. Before becoming the Director of the National Center on Volunteer Transportation, Dr. Kerschner was President and CEO of the Beverly Foundation, an organization emphasizing mobility and transportation for older adults.
The National Volunteer Transportation Center was created in 2014. It is an outgrowth of the efforts of each of its founders, especially the Beverly Foundation, to support existing and emerging volunteer transportation programs and services across the country. The Center opened with a database of volunteer transportation throughout the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It also includes technical materials related to the planning, organization, and operations of volunteer transportation. Perhaps its most important asset is the wisdom experience, and expertise of its founders who as a group bring the Center a long history of research, direct service delivery, risk management, and insurance, specialized software, and education.
AlterNetWays: The AlterNetWays Company, established in 2001, is a leader in web-based applications related to transportation. Their services: AlterNetRides for carpooling/ridesharing and Assisted Rides for Volunteer Driver Programs delivers for hundreds of organizations an innovative, cost-effective solution for their needs. For more information you can contact Mark Evanoff, President, at 925.952.4519 or email him at mevanoff@AlterNetRides.com.
Beverly Foundation: The Beverly Foundation, a private operating foundation, was founded in 1977 In 2000, it undertook a mission of fostering new ideas and options to enhance senior mobility and transportation options, especially volunteer driver programs. Although it dissolved its operations in 2013, it made a major contribution to CTAA and Ride Connection to fund the startup of the National Volunteer Transportation Center.
CTAA: Freedom, independence, dignity and choice are as much at the heart of the debate for building an accessible society as they have been in building a free society. There is never an end to the work to create a free society, and there will never be an end to our work to build a more mobile society. Both of these noble pursuits remain great works in progress.
VIS: VIS Volunteers Insurance provides insurance and risk management services to protect the volunteers of nonprofit organizations, and public entities that engage volunteers, nationwide.
Ride Connection: Ride Connection is a nonprofit aimed at making sure everyone has access to reliable transportation. The organization provides transportation services, options, and resources for primarily older adults and people with disabilities in Portland area, including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.