IMPRUVE                     

 


 

         WE WILL NOT BE SILENT                          
   Like an oak we bend, but do not break
IMPRUVE
   


Save IMPRUVE from being dissolved. 


We need your donations, dues,and help. We seek more directors and officers and volunteers or we cannot continue.

 

                    


Posted August 15, 2018 


Paratransit Riders and Drivers: 


Please click this LINK to take 


the Paratransit Survey 


Thank You







2018:  Another year to stand up for paratransit and accessible public transit rights and form new alliances between those who ride and those who drive accessible buses, trains, vans, and wheelchair taxis. Join us. Be a voice or give a hand for social justice, human rights, worker rights, public accountability, and the end of fear and procrastination in demanding change, better services, and less discord between riders, drivers and those who are responsible for paratransit funding, statutes, and services. NOW.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE


Rider-Driver Alliance

Moves to Unite 

Paratransit Riders and Drivers Again 

Next Meeting: August 20 2018 

Normally, it is always the 3rd Monday

Please be on time


Prizes to be awarded August 20, 2018

to 5 finalists 

from Smoker's Roulette Wheel Contest 

held at Disability Pride Parade  

July 21, 2018 

at IMPRUVE's Booth


Last Meeting Was Monday July 16, 2018

5:30-7:30 pm at

Access Living 115 W. Chicago Ave.

Register at 773-416-7366 


We are Green, Anti-Violent, and ATOD-free. We Support No GMOs, No Pesticides, No Canola Oil, No Tobacco, No Alcohol, No Abuse of Seniors, Persons Who Are Disabled, Women Children. Please Do Not Bring Guns to Our Events. Please Do Not Smoke Near Persons Who Have Respiratory Issues or Chemical Sensitivities. Thank you for Respect of Human, Transportation, Housing  and Disability Rights. EVERY HUMAN BEING DESERVES A CHANCE AT LIFE & A HIGHER QUALITY OF LIFE ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS. Universal Single Payer Healthcare for All is the humane approach to healthcare. 



Since Feb. 20, 2000, we have been the paratransit riders' voice and advocate on the front line, behind the scenes and wherever we were needed to support those who fight for disability rights. We are the original Paratransit Minutemen.

Donate Now!

Logo for Rider-Driver Alliance

RDA is a Project of IMPRUVE 

CEO-President Position Vacant  
Since Fall, 2017
Executive Search Continues for a New CEO-President for BNICEH and IMPRUVE. Dr. Ayo Maat has retired/resigned after 25 years with BNICEH and 17 with IMPRUVE. She temporarily remains as advisor to the Board and Comptroller. CEO-President is not  a salaried position, but expenses paid.

Will Crosby Calls for No Fare Increase by Pace for Paratransit Riders - Oct. 11, 2017 Outside Pace and Metra Offices at 547 W. Jackson Chicago














IMPRUVE needs volunteers now! And Funds!  HELP!!!

We Tried to Stop Pace fare hike January 1, 2018

But Only 90 Paratransit Riders Testified 

at Pace Budget Hearings! 


 Only 25 Showed Up at Protest at Pace Chicago Offices

 and Less Than 1% of  Paratransit Riders 

Have Filed FTA Complaints!!!


If you Ride 100 times per month, your transportation 

costs will increase by $300 annually!


Now We Must Try to Get it Rescinded Or Help Our Constituents Pay the 25 Cents, But We Need Your Support


 HAVE YOU Seen Our Gofundme Page for 

"Quarters for Paratransit Riders Fare?"

Goal:  $25,000

https://www.gofundme.com/pay-disabled-riders-fare-increase

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What Every Driver Should Know 

What Every Rider Should Know

To Be Republished in 2018


TBA: Paratransit  Coalition May Host a Townhall

 on Your Rights as Riders and Drivers  at Access Living


Review Summary Report by 

Paratransit Coalition of 

Access Living 


Title:  Transportation Delayed 

is Transportation Denied

Call 312-640-2100

Civil Rights Dept. 

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Annual Membership Meeting, Board Elections, and 

Kwanzaa Celebration by Invitation


TBA Only if IMPRUVE is not Dissolved

SAVE IMPRUVE

DONATE NOW

VOLUNTEER NOW

JOIN NOW


Last year the annual meeting was held:

 

Tuesday December 26, 2017

1-5 pm

At The Breakers in Marine Room 

Show Membership Card for Admission

Guests Must be pre-registered 

$5 suggested for food for approved guests and 

Members whose dues are unpaid


All Members Can Nominate Directors - Must turn in Candidate Bios or Resumes By  Dec. 19

All Members Can Vote and Eat

No Member Turned Away who RSVPs by Dec. 19 

and Shows Up on Dec. 26 

Limited Space and Seating for 30 Persons

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To File federal complaint or complaint with 

OEIG (Office of Executive Inspector General in Illinois for RTA, CTA, Metra, Pace), contact us 

[email protected] 


We are part of the Paratransit Coalition 

and partner with others:

Access Living, Chicago ADAPT, Equip for Equality, 

Friedman Place, Rider-Driver Alliance 

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National Giving Months: 

Giving Tuesday in November  

Giving Extended to December 31, 2018  and into Jan. 2019


We Need Your Help and Your Complaints, Comments

We Need Volunteers, New Members, New Directors 

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Many Ways to Give

New Giving Days Extended through January 2019

Other Giving Months


DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS, ADVISORS REQUESTED, NEEDED, APPRECIATED. Please GIVE TO IMPRUVE OR BNICEH.  

We No Longer ave Support of Bon Ton (Carson's)

They Went Out of Business


 


KEEP THE PARATRANSIT MOMENTUM GOING FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE GOOD SERVICE. 

To Donate to IMPRUVE or BNICEH  for Giving  Day or Any Day - Click Yellow Donate button for PayPal - See  below to pay by credit or debit card or check.  You Can Also Pay Dues by PayPal. Just call us at 773-916-6228 or 773-703-8412 to pay dues by gift to PayPal at www.paypal.com our acct: [email protected]  Have  heart.  Love. Show your philanthropy. GIVE. 


We are supported by volunteers. No major funding. 

Mainly Self-Funded. Give through PayPal to IMPRUVE 


Or give at our FundIMPRUVE Gofundme page.  Goal is $22,000.   http://gofundme.com/2r2syws


To volunteer, request volunteer application.  Can receive here
https://form.jotform.com/63363199755165 Call 773-544-9488 or CLICK Contacts Tab above to email or CLICK COMMENTS Tab to leave a comment

We are a family of paratransit riders working with volunteers, paratransit drivers, and are the foundng host of the Rider-Driver Alliance.  We host an informational booth at the Chicago Disability Pride Parade every July. We plan to  rebuild the Rider-Driver Alliance (RDA)  in 2017 and beginning 2018, include CTA riders who are disabled and CTA bus and rail workers from ATU 241 &  308.  Then wheelchair drivers. Supported by CDAC (Chicago Disability Activism Colecetive), IMPRUVE has been collecting signatures on its petition for Better Paratransit. 


Better Paratransit Petition Calls for Public Townhall Forum 

Better Paratransit Petition targets in Illinois, not just the governor, but MOPD (Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities), OEIG, FTA, Transportation Committee Chair Alderman Anthony Beale, and House Speaker Mike Madigan. MOPD has been cooperative. 

Anyone can sig. But please identify if you are a paratransit rider or driver. 


Chicago Needs A Voting Representative on Pace Board

We will be pursuing Commissioner Karen Tamley of MOPD becoming a voting member on the Pace board of directors.  Chicago has the largest ridership, yet no vote on Paratransit policy.  We have no voting representative.  We are controlled by suburban mayors and township presidents. 

The images (photos) change that are below the healing hands above when you click the images to left or right.  An arrow will appear left or right. The text and images below or on the side can be enlarged by zooming in.  

Our Mission Statement is found on the Page titled "About."  See tab above left under the healing hands on our banner header above. Click there for Mission statement and to learn Why Us (why we do this, why you should donate to us, why you should volunteer for us, why you should join our board of directors or advisory board).  

Board Meetings
The joint board of IMPRUVE and BNICEH meet on the 1st Tuesday of every month 1-3 pm  at Access Living unless announced otherwise. Closed to non-directors unless you are invited. The Executive Committee meets occasionally with chairpersons of committees and departments and at least annually the advisors meet with the CEO-president.

 CEO-President Position Vacant  Since Fall, 2017
Executive Search Continues for a New CEO-President for BNICEH and IMPRUVE. Dr. Ayo Maat has retired/resigned after 25 years with BNICEH and 17 with IMPRUVE. She temporarily remains as advisor to the Board, and temporary Webmaster and Comptroller.
Not a salaried Position, but expenses paid.

SPEAK OUT, STAND UP,
STOP PARATRANSIT FARE Increase and NEGLIGENCE
File Federal Civil Rights Complaints - No Penalty (see below)
Help provided  by phone or  come to meeting
  
Wed. November 30, 2016  at Access Living
IMPRUVE meeting in Conference Room C- 2nd floor
1:30 -4:30 pm

Jobs- Employment 
 IMPRUVE Project:  Rider-Driver Alliance
Organizer Jobs Closed 12-15-16 . Will Reopen in 2018 when funding is renewed. 
Apply for organizer jobs online.  Two-5 organizers may be needed for February-Dec. 2018.  Stipend: at $15 an hour, 20 hours per month for 11 months  Send application with resume, agreement (request agreement for internship).
Click link below to apply.  Organizer Jobs Closed 12-15-16. Will reopen for 2018 if a new grant or funding is secured.
https://form.jotform.com/63312365792155

Temp Position - IMPRUVE
Administrative Assistant INTERNSHIP Reopened Jan. 15, 2018
- small stipend
 
Volunteers, ASL Interpreters and Grantwriters Needed
APPLY NOW!! Call  773-916-6228 
Send application and resume to:
https://form.jotform.com/63312365792155
If hired, will require you  to sign agreement.

Temp Position - IMPRUVE  - To Reopen
Healthy Research Interns to Explore Wellness Vendors
 
Data Entry-Internet Research Volunteers Needed Work At Home or School for 2 Weeks.  $50 Stipend Or Work Study . H.S. Students Ok. Enter Resources that we will contact for our Summer WellnessFair. Do MailMerge. Closes March 1,  2018 5 People Needed. Call 773-916-6228 Or email: [email protected]

IMPRUVE - Temp or permanent Volunteer Position - CLOSED
 No Stipend, No Pay, But Incentives (such as free massage or  facial, free entry to Spring Wellness Fair  April 8, 2017) 
Volunteer to Run errands, Assist PWDs, Usher, Setup, Breakdown Tables, Chairs at Spring Wellness prior to and day of  Spring Wellness Fair At KKC 740 W. 63rd St Chicago 60621 Call 708-262-2804 or 773-916-6228 or email: [email protected]


Trouble with Poor Paratransit Service

Join Access Living Complaint or IMPRUVE Complaint.  IMPRUVE Complaint# 16-0447 with FTA Office of Civil Rights - Never resolved. Complaint on Pace paratransit services or Access Living Paratransit Coalition Complaint on Pace 

Join Rider-Driver Alliance. Sign up as a driver or a rider from paratransit, CTA, Pace, or wheelchair taxi. New leadership development training after funding resumes in 2018. Make an appointment 1-0n-1 interview with
Ryan McGraw  313-414-3336 or
Dr. Ayo Maat 773-416-7366 (project manager) 
Email: [email protected]

A custom car version of proposed green car powered by solar energy in which solar panes can be installed and nanotechnology used to add doors to satisfy any city's requirement that a NEV (vehicle) have doors.  Working on the issue of wheelchair ramps for passengers and drivers in larger vehicles.  Calling for help from rehab and mechanical engineers. See archives at www.greenthinktankfordisabilitycommunity.blogspot.com

Dr. Ayo Maat, Kerry Washington, Jeanette Exom. Guess where?

 

ISPC at  Disability Pride Parade Lineup with ADAPT, IMPRUVE:  Wm Owens, Anne Scheetz, Susan Aarup, Maat and others July 23, 2016