Our History

Thank you for your interest in this truly amazing program. Escorted Transportation Service Northwest (ETS/NW) provides rides for seniors to their life-sustaining medical and dental appointments within a 160-square mile area in the northwest suburbs of Cook County, Illinois. Trained and insured volunteer drivers use their own cars to transport ETS/NW passengers, wait with them on-site, and return them home again. Our award-winning volunteer drivers are even willing to stop at the pharmacy on the way home to drop off/collect a prescription if needed.

Some important dates in our history:

Founder Kathy Kasprowicz, with the guidance of mentor Marie Payes, created a program based on a similar one that had been discontinued by another local organization. Carol Anderson and Beth Drost soon joined their efforts in recruiting board members and procuring funds for the little start-up that was dedicated to serving seniors in need of health-related transportation. A formal Board of Directors was recruited

In February of 2007, ETS/NW moved to its current location in the Arlington Heights Senior Center.

In September 2011, we had grown large enough to welcome Lynndah Easterwood Lahey as our new Executive Director so Kathy could focus on the heart of the program.

2016 (September 1st):
We reach our 10 year anniversary! Here is our history in some impressive statistics:

  • Total number of rides provided: 23,931
  • Total number of active clients: 1,233
  • Total number of medical destinations: 1,421
  • Total value of volunteer hours donated*:  $   1,568,960.00

*Statistics from independentsector.org

As passengers are only asked for a $12 donation for each trip, a considerable amount of fundraising is required to keep the program “in the black and on the road.”