2018-07-05 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail

Did you hear? As a part of Funtown Splashtown USA’s Community Week fundraising effort last week, during which a percentage of the day’s admissions are donated to a different organization each day, the Transit Angel Project was the lucky recipient.

On hand at the park was Camp Ellis resident and mobility coordinator, Perian Carpenter, who passed out information, buttons and smiles in the hot sun. The Transit Angel Project provides ADA accessible, local mobility via the Sh-Zoom transit line, helping people in need of local transportation. According to Perian, one of the biggest obstacles for those in need can be the cost of getting around, so the Transit Angel Project was started as a way to help with the purchase of bus passes and provide transportation to those who need it most.

“People have to have a way to get to their jobs, doctor’s appointments, veteran’s services, plus J1 students who have no way of getting to work, as well as providing access to local schools such as Biddeford (Regional Center of Technology) and more. The need is there,” she said.

Perian, who started in the office, later moving to community outreach and public relations before becoming mobility manager, rides the bus and said it’s how she finds out what people really need.

“A lot of the effort with the Transit Angel Project is teaching people how to actually use and navigate public transportation,” she said. “For many of the aging in place population, who still live alone, or area people who do not having access to a vehicle or can’t drive, we educate people on how to learn to use bus schedules, show them points where they can catch a bus and how to physically utilize the services available and use public transportation. We challenge them to ride.

Other fundraising days during the week at Funtown Splashtown were dedicated to the Autism Society, Eastern Trail Alliance, Animal Welfare Society and the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. For more information on the Transit Angel project, email charity@ shuttlebus-zoom.com.

Alex MacPhail is an ad representative for the Courier and Chairman of the Saco Conservation Commission, President of the Friends of The Ballpark, a member of the Saco Main Street Executive Board, Saco Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and HOB River Jam Committee. Have an interesting event you’d like publicized? Email him at didyouhearinthecourier@gmail.com. Camp Ellis resident Perian Carpenter, mobility coordinator for the Transit Angel Project with the Sh-Zoom Transit

Service, was on hand Friday, June 29 at Funtown

Splastown USA as a part of Community Week at the park.

(Alex MacPhail photo)

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