Living in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport or Arundel has much to offer, but there are limited transportation options for our older residents.
Many who are no longer able to drive themselves must rely on family and friends to get to medical appointments, the grocery store, to church, to run errands or social events.
Having to depend on favors or the schedules of others can be frustrating for everyone.
The Town of Kennebunk has been working with a grant from the Federal Transit Administration to develop a program to address this need.
Introducing... the Kennector Powered by ITNCountry
The Kennector will provide an affordable transportation option for older people and adults with vision impairments or other disabilities, though as the program grows, it will be available to any adult over the age of 18, living in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel.
Using fully trained and vetted volunteer drivers, The Kennector will initially provide rides for any purpose within a 15 mile radius of Kennebunk (from York to Sanford to Biddeford), to those who sign up to become a member of this program and pay a nominal fee for each ride.
This program is built on a classic neighbor-helping-neighbor model, powered by the kindness and generosity that exists in communities like ours. At the heart of this program are volunteer drivers who sign up to be available when it is convenient for them to drive a neighbor where they need to go.
A Ride Coordinator will be working for The Kennector and will be responsible for matching riders with drivers. Among other qualifications, drivers need to enjoy serving others, as the social contact provided by this service is an important part of this program.