Featured Business: Muskego Senior Taxi (est. 2007)

Muskego Senior Taxi is a a 501(c)(3) organization that provides transportation services for Muskego Residents and is funded with base funding from the Waukesha County Aging and Disability Resource Center, Community Development Block Grants, Private Foundation Grants and charitable donations from local businesses, service organizations, churches and individuals.

Those wishing to donate can do so through a variety of methods: By visiting our website at http://www.muskegoseniortaxi.wordpress.com, by mailing a check to the Muskego Senior Taxi office located in the Regency Senior Community , through Thrivent Financial Choice Dollars or Action Teams, Amazon purchases (go to smile.amazon.com & choose Muskego Senior Taxi, then Amazon will donate to the Taxi), donations through wills and estate planning, and probably the most fun–by participating in the Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser which is supported by local business sponsors and raffle donations from local businesses. This year’s event will again be held at the AudMar Banquet Hall/Bass Bay Brewhouse in Muskego, October 3rd. Donated funds are used to pay for gas, auto maintenance, insurance and daily operations. It includes lots of food, prizes, music, beer tasting, wine tastings and games. Purchase tickets at https://taxioktoberfest2019.eventbrite.com or by contacting the office.

What is your ideal client?

The Taxi has been providing safe and cost-effective rides for more than 10 years to Muskego residents over 65 and those with special needs. These rides are most often for medical appointments, nutritional needs, day care, job training, jobs, as well as social events.

What’s the story behind your company?

Just call a cab! If you live in a big city, hailing a cab is commonplace and easy. With today’s technology and entrepreneurial spirit, Lyft and Uber are also common modes of transportation for those without a car, driver’s license or who make the choice not to drive. If you are a senior or young adult with cognitive disabilities, your needs are slightly different. Muskego Senior Taxi Service (The Taxi) fills that void and provides about 600 rides monthly.

Karin Geier-Nickel, Muskego High School graduate, is the Executive Director of The Taxi. With the help of 40 generous volunteers and a committed board of directors, The Taxi has been providing safe and cost-effective rides for more than10 years to Muskego residents over 65 and those with special needs. These rides are most often for medical appointments, nutritional needs, day care, job training, jobs, as well as social events.

People who get involved with The Taxi do so as a way to bring the love, time and talent they wish to share with this community. The board of directors includes Jim Nichols, Ranee Seaman, Glenda Holm, Bonnie Johnson, Jeff Petersen Jill Koebernik, Jim Huot, and Karin Geier-Nickel. Their function is to keep a close watch on the needs of the program and work hard to address changes and challenges. They are seeing the demand grow as more training and work opportunities open for young people with special needs.

It takes the help of many people and organizations working together to make The Taxi run smoothly. Ryan Busack, from Muskego Norway Schools, helps with IT issues. Mary Zurowski schedules 7,000 rides a year. Laura Gentele drives and coordinates maintenance, Kayla Parker, Amy Kerschen, Becky Dublinski and Jeanne Stueck keep the volunteers and office organized and energized. Fundraising volunteers Pam and Brian Kramer are preparing the Oktoberfest event which gets extra help from board members, community partners such as Muskego Landmark and Summit Credit Union offices, family members and good friends such as retired Pastor John Engelhardt.

Our generous volunteer drivers include: Neil Borgman, Janis Theel, Sandy Ortega, Ann Wissing, Kathy Johnson, Gary Kulas, Art Sprague, Mike Ensley, Roger Basterash, Theresa Baxter, Mike Cesar, Wayne Gerlach, Joy Hemmer, Christine Jensen, Al Johnson, Gregg Klann, Kurt Kamperschroer, Maxine Learned, Max Manthey, Gail Marohl, Larry Merrill, Joelyn Morgan and Milan Nikolic. A few drivers and an end of day office closer have recently retired, so The Taxi is looking for new volunteers to take their places to fill the increasing requests for service.

About the Owner
Karin and husband Tom met at UW-Milwaukee and have been married for 31 years. They live in the Marlan Meadows subdivision in Muskego. Their daughter, Tracey, works for Children’s Hospital Clinics in New Berlin, serving the families of our community and is also a coach for the Muskego Stars Girls Volleyball Club. Their son, David, works for GMR Sports Marketing in New Berlin and is active in bags tournaments at TJs Roundabout as well as on volleyball and soccer recreation teams. The family loves to play tennis, go on bikes rides and go kayaking on the lakes in the area.

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