Connections to Care (formerly Escorted Transportation Service) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2006 with the sole goal of providing reliable, volunteer-based, accompanied transportation for the older adults in our community to get to their crucial medical and dental appointments.

We are so proud of our organization and its history.  Enjoy a few highlights from our years in service.


  • A similar program was discontinued in the community
  • The founders knew the concept was too valuable to lose and created the non-profit organization Escorted Transportation Service
  • We opened our doors on September 1
  • We provided 400 round-trip rides in just 4 months


  • First full Board of Director’s Meeting
  • Moved offices to the Arlington Heights Senior Center
  • Received major funding from The Retirement Research Foundation (now RRF Foundation on Aging)
  • Gave 1,861 round-trip rides in first full year of operations


  • First Executive Director hired


  • The 15,000th ride was provided
  • Founder retired after 7 years with the organization


  • 10 year anniversary celebration with many activities
    • Volunteer thank you party
    • Display at Arlington Heights Public Library
    • Local fundraiser
    • Riding in the Arlington Heights 4th of July parade


  • Provided our 30,000th ride


  • The Board of Directors make the bold decision to change the organization’s name to Connections to Care. This new name and brand capture the true essence of our program.  It is more than a ride.  It is a connection.

None of the Connections to Care successes would be possible without the wonderful volunteers, funders and donors throughout the years.  We owe our deepest gratitude to every single one of you.  THANK YOU.

Here’s to the coming years of service …

Board of Directors

Andy Schmitz, President

Patricia Champion, Vice-President

Traci Grever, Secretary

Jenny Tanquary, Treasurer

Patricia Carrera, Member

        Patti Kozłowski, Member

Rafal Piontkowski, Member

Cynthia Starz, Past-President

Emeritus Board

Tom Grana

Stephen Kohler


Dallas Ann Tomlin, Executive Director

Stephanie Schomer, Director of Development

Amy Gall, Director, Program & Operations

The following companies, organizations and government entities provide generous donations or grants to Connections to Care (formerly Escorted Transportation Service), thus supporting our efforts in the community.

We are very grateful for their support. Please click through to visit their websites and learn more about them.


Wheeling Township

$7500 – $14,999

Arlington Heights Senior Center, Inc. 

RRF Foundation for Aging

Webb Foundation

$1000 – $7499

Arlington Heights Community Development Block Grant

Elk Grove Township


Luther Village Spiritual Enrichment Foundation

Mount Prospect Community Development Block Grant 

Northwest Community Hospital Foundation

Palatine Township

Schaumburg Township

St. James Catholic Church

Up to $999

Congregational United Church of Christ

Drost, Kivlahan, McMahon & O’Connor

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Home Instead Senior Care Foundation

Home Instead Senior Care, Inc. (Elk Grove Village)

Illinois Tool Works (ITW)

Lawrence Screw Products

Rotary Club of Palatine

Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates 

Rotary Club of Wheeling

The Moorings of Arlington Heights

Village Bank & Trust


In-Kind Donations


Jenny May Stringer Photography 

Pearson & Graham Graphic Art Services

Rick & Kathy Pfleeger

Storyview, LLC


Ben Thomas, Graphic Arts Student

We want to thank the following individuals for their donations to Connections to Care.  Every dollar is greatly appreciated and will ensure that we can continue to make a connection with the older adults in our community while providing a ride to their important medical/dental appointments.



$600 – $9,999


Tom Grana

Mary Ann Hetreed

Jim & Cathy Liggett

Jean Machado

Cory Olson

Jenny Tanquary

$250 – $599

Anonymous (2)

Gloria & John Amling

Mark & Carol Anderson

Pat Barrett

Patricia Champion

Traci Grever

Stephen Kohler

Janet & Cliff Nelson

Ron & Mary Jo Ognar

Tom Ognar

George & Catherine Ostendorf

Phil & Marianne Pick

Gregg Schreiber

Jason Seleski

Cynthia Starz

Francis Wren

$100 – $249

Anonymous (6)

Tom & Diane Adam

James Amling

Jan Anderko

Mr & Mrs Bob Bellock

Pat Bethel

Bill & Linda Borst

Karen Brucks

Mary Cay Chisholm (NW Speech & Hearing)

John M. Conmy

Ronald Crawford

Marie Czapinski

Sue Daniels

Helen Dawley

Jack Devron

Diane Dickerson

Alice V Frank

Karen Hansen

Etta Hartzman

Mike Jacobs

Kathy Kasprowicz

Karen Killinger

Dennis & Rea Kulick

Bob Lattanzio

Mr & Mrs Robert Lincoln

Paula Maionchi

Arlene Malachuk

William Martinek

Mary Morley

Maureen McNett

Ron & Jane Moravec

Rosemary Morris

Frank Todd Murphy

Michael & Sandra Polanski

Daniel Ruane

Joe & Maureen Ruane

Diane Sawyer

Sandy & Tom Schmitt

Nancy Schreiber

Maureen & Tom Seleski

Rosemary Tagge

Allen Utendorf

to $99

So many amazing individual donors!  Thank you.

“This is truly a tremendous organization. I’ve always been impressed with everything Connections to Care does. Very professional in its approach to everything. After close to four years I still feel enthused and fully committed.”
“I am 92 years young and live alone in a HUD building. Connections to Care has been a God sent to me. I love (Connections to Care Program Director) and don’t know what I would do without her. She is so very patient with me. Every single driver has been wonderful to me.”

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