KidOne CEO gives update to Kiwanis Club of Jasper
by Jennifer Cohron
Feb 28, 2012 | 1192 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Karen Peterlin, CEO of Kid One Transport, speaks with a member of Kiwanis Club of Jasper on Monday. - Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Karen Peterlin, CEO of Kid One Transport, speaks with a member of Kiwanis Club of Jasper on Monday. - Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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Rising gas prices create more challenges for Kid One Transport while also highlighting the need for its services, according to CEO Karen Peterlin.

Peterlin, the guest speaker at Kiwanis Club of Jasper’s Monday meeting, said the Birmingham-based nonprofit’s diverse funding base allowed it to continue carrying children and expectant mothers to medical appointments through the recession.

“With relatively stable income, since 2008 we have been able to serve more clients every year because we continue to look at the efficiency of the operations that we do,” Peterlin said.

Peterlin said a monitoring system has been installed in all 20 vehicles in Kid One’s fleet to keep track of idle time and speed, two of the biggest reasons for gas consumption.

Also, Kid One drivers are now dispatched via GPS to cut down on telephone communication.

Kid One, which was established in 1997, provided more than 22,000 rides to residents in its 35-county coverage area last year.

Walker County families received approximately 500 round trips from Kid One Transport in 2011.

Services are provided at no cost for Medicaid appointments. All other trips require a co-pay.

Peterlin said the cost is $10 for in-county trips and varies for medical appointments outside Walker County.

The Kiwanis Club of Jasper was an initial investor that allowed Kid One to station a vehicle in Walker County.

Peterlin said Kid One Transport has several major donors in the area, including the Walker Area Community Foundation. However, she added that small donations from individuals who give to the organization regularly are also appreciated.

“We get a lot of $10, $20, $30 and $40 checks,” Peterlin said.

To schedule a ride with Kid One Transport, call 1-800-543-7143.