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Quality senior bus service available for North County

A senior bus service will soon be available in Valley Center to aid in trips to the doctor and other necessities. photo by Courtesy photo.
July 02, 2014
At last, multiple years of determined efforts by public servants Tom Bumgardner and Jan Imonti have paid off. Two 14-passenger buses were recently delivered to the community of Valley Center. They were given to North County residents, via a federal grant pursued by Bumgardner, to provide bus service for seniors, veterans, and the physically handicapped.

Within the county's rural area, where this service is badly needed, there is not currently a bus service of the type.

This new senior transit system will run from I-15 to Santa Ysabel and from Hwy 76 to Hwy 78. It will be a unique door-to-door service, providing transportation for doctor' visits, grocery shopping, special events, and emergency evacuation.

Bumgardner is well known in North San Diego County. His is an impressive record of manifold decades of community leadership, ranging from Optimist Club President, to 4-H leader, Pop Warner coach, VP of the Deer Springs Fire Department, Chairman of Valley Center Western Days, honorary VC mayor, Citizen of the Year, Good Neighbor of Rincon, 10 years as a Parks and Recreation board member as president and vice president, president of the Chamber of Commerce for two years, Vice Chairman of the Paradise Fire Fund, along with sitting on various other boards and aiding community organizations.

The senior bus system will run out of Valley Center, where Bumgardner and Imonti's Valley Center Community Recreation Center, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, will provide service to the surrounding area. While the federal grant covered the full price of the two buses, key operating funds were not provided.

Bumgardner and Imonti are appealing to the general public and corporations for financial support.

"Let's help our senior and handicapped neighbors now," the duo stated. "Now is the time to put your money where your heart is."

Funds are needed to cover all the incidentals required to launch the service. That is, pay dispatchers and drivers, buy fuel, ensure vehicle' maintenance, and obtain costly insurance.

Bumgardner and Imonti welcome corporate sponsors, large and small gifts from individual residents, and tribal support as well.

You can easily reach Bumgardner at the Valley Center Community Recreation Center, P.O. Box 2213 in Valley Center. His phone number is (760) 419-2717 and he receives email at vccomrecctr@gmail.com.

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