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

 IMPRUVE Donations in November, December, and January will help us to remain open. Please  keep donations flowing. 

We need your donations, dues,and help. We seek more directors and officers and volunteers, so we can continue.

For credit card users, donate by

 PayPal or Square (for Square, check with Joanne Tillis 773-255-2113)



Posted again November 11, 2018 

Paratransit Riders and Drivers: 

Please click this LINK to take 

the Paratransit Survey 

Thank You

You cannot receive a blessing nor give a blessing with closed fists. Gratitude attracts blessings.

Are you grateful?

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.


Rider-Driver Alliance

Voted to Unite 

Paratransit Riders and Drivers Again 

Our Meetings are held the 3rd Monday

every month except January

Please be on time

Next Meeting Is Monday Nov. 19, 2018

5:30-7:30 pm at

Access Living 115 W. Chicago Ave.

Register at 773-416-7366 

Relax with Chair Yoga from 4-5 p,m.

Preceding the meeting.

Instructor:  Ryan McGraw

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!

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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 are 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! 

Pace Decided No Fare Increase for 2019

 Only 25 Showed Up at Protest at Pace Chicago Offices

 and Less Than 1% of  Paratransit Riders 

Have Filed Paratransit Surveys!!!

If you Ride 100 times per month, your transportation 

costs may have increased by $300 annually!

To  Help Our Constituents Pay the 25 Cents,  We Need Your Support

 HAVE YOU Seen Our Gofundme Page for 

"Quarters for Paratransit Riders Fare?"

Goal:  $25,000


What Every Driver Should Know 

What Every Rider Should Know

To Be Republished in 2019-2020

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. 


Annual Membership Meeting, Board Elections, and 

Kwanzaa Celebration by Invitation


 IMPRUVE is not Dissolved





This Year the annual meeting will change locations.

Check with Secetary-Treasurer Joanne Tillis to RSVP 



Save the date: Thu. December 27, 2018

Show Membership Card for Free Admission

Guests Must be pre-registered 

$5 suggested for food for invited guests and 

Members whose dues are unpaid

Only Members Can Nominate and Vote for Directors 

Must turn in Candidate Bios or Resumes By  Dec. 12 

All Members Can Vote and Eat

No Member Turned Away who RSVPs by Dec. 20

and Shows Up on Dec. 27 

Limited Space and Seating for 25 Persons


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, CDAC, PTTP, Rider-Driver Alliance 



National Giving Months: 

Giving Tuesday is November 27, 2018

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 

A New President-CEO


Many Ways to Give

New Giving Days Extended through January 2019

Other Giving Months


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

They Went Out of Business

nor SparkPlug (Project grant ended Dec 31, 2017)



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 773-255-2113 or 773-703-8412 to pay dues by gift to PayPal at 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.

To volunteer, request volunteer application.  Can receive here Call 773-255-2113 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.

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.

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:
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

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