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Senior Corps RSVP Funding Applications due Sep. 25; Notice of Intent Due Aug. 30

Posted August 27, 2019

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) intends to fund Senior Corps RSVP grants that support volunteers age 55 years and older in activities that serve community needs and respond to the National Performance Measures in the following focus areas:  disaster; education; economic opportunity; environment; healthy futures; and veterans and military families. Transportation programs across the country depend on Senior Corps RSVP volunteers to maintain their volunteer driver or travel training programs.  

Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation, RSVP offers a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience, and create community capacity. Senior Corps RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to a maximum of 40 hours.

Through the FY 2020 RSVP competition, the CNCS seeks to increase the impact of national service in specific geographic service areas.  The geographic areas, including in Tennessee, are listed in Appendix A of the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a Notice of Intent to Apply by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, August 30, 2019. The Notice of Intent to Apply should be completed via Survey Monkey.

Completed applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by early March 2020.


Volunteer Transportation News in Tennessee

Posted August 27, 2019

Congratulations to Holly Montooth of Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency for graduating from CTAA's Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA).  Her project for the ELA sought to establish a volunteer transportation program, be a recognizable presence in the community, and provide an alternative transportation option to those 60+ years old.

A recent National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) article spotlights the Senior Volunteer Transportation Network (SVTN), a coalition of stakeholders interested in transportation options for older adults, that is improving mobility options in western Tennessee.

Blount County's Community Action Agency SMiles program was recently featured in the NADTC's Volunteer Transportation Programs Topic Spotlight.  In this spotlight document, NADTC looks at volunteer transportation as a viable alternative for older adults and people with disabilities, examines funding, community support and collaboration, and the measurement structures of programs in Colorado, California, and Virginia, as well as Tennessee.


NADTC Offers New Online Course on Medical Transportation

Posted August 27, 2019

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) will host a new online course that will launch on September 20 and run through October 18, 2019. Registration for this course is free and will open September 9. The course, Medical Transportation: Multi-Modal Approaches to Accessing Health Care Services, offers an in-depth look at transportation programs addressing the gaps in access to health care services in their community and how these programs play a key role in providing medical transportation services to older adults and people with disabilities.

The goal of the course is to provide organizations and communities with tools to understand how to manage and operate a medical transportation program. Whether you’re starting a new program or operating an existing program, the course will outline best practices and strategies for providing medical transportation to older adults and people with disabilities. For more information and to register, visit this page on the NATDC website


APTAU Online Courses for Transit Supervisors and Future Executives

Posted August 27, 2019

APTAU of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently announce the launch of online eLearning courses for transit supervisors and managers. Developed for APTA members, in coordination with transit experts and professionals spanning all sectors of the industry, APTAU's eLearning courses provide members with the skills, tools, and resources needed to succeed in the workplace. The two new courses are:

  • Critical Conversations - Target Audience: Transit Industry Supervisors - The ability to have critical conversations with colleagues and staff is a necessary component to any position within the transit industry, and one that is crucial to laying an open and trusting foundation. This interactive, six-module course provides you with the training tools needed to engage colleagues in a professional manner on everyday issues that arise within the workplace. The course touches on key components of critical conversations such as intent, how to create safety within a conversation, varying perspectives, understanding, and how to move forward. 
  • Deputy CEO and Executives- Related Roles and Responsibilities - Target Audience: Future Transit Executives - Holding a deputy or executive position in any transit organization means you will play an instrumental role in supporting your chief executive, boards, staff, stakeholders and partners. As you consider taking on a more senior role within your organization, it is important to consider the many responsibilities that come with that, and how you may properly prepare yourself for success. Through interactive scenarios and situations, this course aims to help you navigate the complex environment of being a deputy or executive. It prepares and equips you with the tools you need to support yourself and your organization.

These courses are free to APTA members who are logged into the APTA website. For more information, visit the APTA eLearning web page.


National RTAP Launches Resource Library Widget

Posted August 27, 2019

Looking for a way to provide quick access to rural and tribal transit training and technical assistance resources through your website?  The National RTAP recently announced its new Resource Library Widget, so any organization can enable their website users to search a database of National RTAP and carefully selected partner rural and Tribal transit training modules, technical briefs, toolkits, videos, and more.  Copying the code available through the National RTAP website is easy, and it can be added it to any web page. National RTAP regularly adds to the library, and your widget will be automatically updated with their new resources.

You can try it out here the search function here:




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