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FORE! Transit - Friends of Riders foundation works in conjunction with the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) to help the most vulnerable in our community by supporting non-profit agencies whose mission aligns with that of FORE! Transit.

FORE! Transit, formerly known as Portage Public Transportation Assistance Foundation, Inc. (PPTAFI), is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by PARTA to:

  • Assist people in Portage County who have difficulty affording public transportation

  • Provide an avenue to work collaboratively with area agencies that serve low-income individuals who need public transportation

  • Give businesses and individuals an opportunity to make tax deductible charitable contributions, which help people in need of public transportation

 
Since 2006, FORE! Transit (formerly PPTAFI) has worked to meet the transportation needs of those who can least afford it. Our foundation works in conjunction with PARTA to help the most vulnerable in our community by supporting other non-profit agencies whose mission aligns with FORE! Transit.

To contribute to FORE! Transit, send a check to 2000 Summit Rd., Kent, OH 44240, c/o FORE! Transit.  All proceeds are used to    support unmet transportation needs within Portage County by assisting other local non-profit agencies whose mission aligns with FORE! Transit - Friends of Riders.

The Need

Many local agencies assist their clients by purchasing PARTA bus tickets, passes, and trip cards. These agencies are limited in what they can afford to purchase. The number of people who need this help dwarfs the number of those who receive it.

Our Partnership

In coordination with FORE! Transit, PARTA provides grants to non-profit agencies that aid low-income individuals to ensure Portage County residents in need have access to public transportation.

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How it works

Grant recipients receive financial awards that they may draw down to pay for half the cost of full fare passes. Award recipients then pay the other half of the cost. This allows individuals who do not qualify for traditional reduced fare programs to have access to discounted fares for public transportation.

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Who receives assistance

This year, FORE! Transit and PARTA provided grants to the following organizations to assist their clients:

AxessPointe Community Health Center | Behavioral Health Program | Catholic Charities | The Center of Hope |

Coleman Professional Services | Freedom House/White House |

Housing & Emergency Support Services (HESS) | Miller Community House | Passages | Portage Area Recovery Center |

Portage County Job & Family Services | Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority (PMHA) | Safer Futures | Townhall II

How it's supported

An annual fundraising golf outing hosted by FORE! Transit is the primary means of support for the foundation.  Contributions are also accepted throughout the year.  To contribute to FORE! Transit, send a check to 2000 Summit Rd., Kent, OH 44240, c/o FORE! Transit.  All proceeds are used to support unmet transportation needs within Portage County and to assist other local non-profit agencies whose mission aligns with FORE! Transit - Friends of Riders.

What you can do to help

Give $25, $50, $100, or whatever you are able to contribute. FORE! Transit is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by PARTA to provide businesses and individuals with the opportunity to make tax deductible charitable contributions. All proceeds are used to support unmet transportation needs within Portage County.

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THANK YOU!
2022 FORE! Transit Golf Outing Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

TESCO Business Logo

Gold Sponsor

Kastner Westman and Wilkins LLC logo

Silver Sponsor

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Bronze Sponsors

Bissler & Sons Business Logo
Chemsafe Business Logo
Family & Community Services logo
Clean Energy Business logo
Davey Tree Business Logo
Portage Community Bank Logo

Friends of FORE! Transit

Debbie Davison
Mick Pennington
Frank Vitale

Special Recognition 

Sincere appreciation is extended to 
Hometown Bank
for its gracious assistance in planning the FORE! Transit golf outing
and providing volunteers to ensure a great day for all golfers.