Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) just turned 25, delivered it's 2.3 millionth ride and merged with Stagecoach Transportation of Randolph. They're having a party to celebrate these achievements as well as celebrate the community. Co-hosted by a number of areas businesses: Addison County Solid Waste District, Girl Scouts, Homeward Bound, Middlebury Rotary, Special Olympics, Vermont Folk-Life Center, Walk-Bike Council of Addison County (with Support from Local Motion and Kohl's Bike Smart Trailer) and WIC.
Whether you are able to attend the party or not, please stop by with non-perishable donations for the Stuff-The Bus food drive, which benefits local food shelves. Stuff The Bus donors will get a free ice cream cone and an earful of music performed by Full Share. Once at the Community Jamboree, maybe you'll linger to meet the Pet Adoption Ambassadors with their four-legged friends; take a bocce tutorial from a Special Olympian; get your face painted by a Girl Scout; admire your child's skill on the Bike-A-Palooza course, play games with local service organizations or grab a hot dog from the Middlebury Rotary Club's concession stand.
Food concessions will be priced affordability and all other County Jamboree offerings are free of charge. Twenty-five years ago, ACTR had a handful of volunteer drivers who offered fee-based transportation services. Over time, it expanded its volunteer workforce, began serving senior meal sites, made all services more accessible, created 6 public bus routes, grew to a fleet of 21 buses, created 32 jobs and built a Community Transportation Center.
"ACTR's community transportation services are the link that keeps many people connected." observes Kate McGowan, Executive Director of United Way Addison County. "This connectedness makes for a healthier community through access to work, school, medical care, social services, and food security. Many riders are also benefiting the environment and their wallets by choosing to curb their cars in favor of letting ACTR do the driving."