NEIGHBOR RIDE INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   103 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Philanthropy, Seniors

Location: 5570 Sterrett Place Suite 102 Columbia MD 21044 USA

Mission: Neighbor Ride enhances the health and quality of life for Howard County's seniors by providing affordable, volunteer-based supplemental transportation.
Results: The demand for Neighbor Ride's senior transportation service is at all-time highs, with volunteers providing an average of over 1,200 trips per month.
Target demographics: Seniors, age 60 and over
Geographic areas served: Transportation is provided for Howard County seniors to destinations in a 900-square mile area.
Programs: Our team of 300-plus volunteers coordinate and provide rides for local seniors, helping them remain active, independent and connected to the community

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

After an early retirement I was looking for something to do to fill some time and give back to the community. NeighborRide is perfect. I can work it around my schedule, I've met great people and I get benefits greater than the small investment of my time. The people I've driven are so grateful and repeatedly tell me how happy they are to have this service available. I recommend it highly both for seniors looking for a ride and for volunteers looking to make a big impact on people's lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a driver for about 18 months, and the experience has broadened my horizons and made me feel more integrated into the community. Most of the riders are a joy. They are cheerful and upbeat and so happy to have the Neighbor Ride service available. While many of the rides concern therapy or doctor's visits, some people are going to card games or social gatherings. One rider happily jingled her mah jong winnings as I drove her home from a party with friends. It helps keep the elderly or those with lesser means active and involved. Their stories are also interesting. I have learned from them strategies for aging and overcoming adversity. It is a win-win service fro riders and drivers alike.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The neighbor ride volunteer experience is definitely one where the volunteer receives as much benefit as the client. Almost every time I drive the conversation is stimulating and enjoyable. You get to meet wonderful people you might never come across in any other venue. My wife and I both are drivers and we actually have become close friends with the individual she took on her very first ride, You also get to visit local areas and become much more familiar with the area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I saw a car with a Neighbor Ride magnet on it as I was taking my son to the pediatrician one day. I had been looking for an opportunity to start volunteering my time, but finding something that fit my schedule as a mom was difficult. I did some research online, and it sounded perfect. I started by taking the minimum two riders a month, but after meeting a particular gentleman whose regular trip to the gym was short and convenient, I began picking up almost all of his trip requests. My 2 year old son knows him now, and we have great conversations on classical music as we listen to the radio on the way to the gym! This has been a great opportunity to give back, to expose my son to serving others, and to meet some interesting people!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently began driving for NeighborRide. It has been wonderful to be exposed to people of many different backgrounds, religions, cultures, all of whom are so appreciative of my efforts on their behalf. And they are always prompt, courteous, and positive!

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

There should be a Neighbor Ride in every community. I've been volunteering as a driver for about a year now, and everyone I drive tells me what a difference the service makes in their lives. It gives them continued independence and frees them from feeling as if they're imposing on friends or family. The office staff of both paid employees and volunteers is quick to respond, flexible and very supportive of both drivers and passengers. The system is well organized, well automated, and works very, very well.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with Neighbor Ride when they first began in 2004. I had been looking for volunteer opportunities since I had retired but was having difficulty finding one that fit my wife and my lifestyle, which involved a lot of travel. Most volunteer opportunities I looked at needed a commitment to a specific schedule; a specific day of the week for example. Neighbor Ride’s opportunity, on the other hand, allowed me to volunteer to do rides whenever we were in town and not to feel guilty about not contributing when we were gone for a while. I have found the experience quite rewarding and the seniors we provide rides for are extremely grateful as the use of Neighbor Ride gives them back some of their independence.

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1 person found this review helpful

Neighbor Ride is a great cause and it is an easy way to volunteer. It provides very much needed, and appreciated, transportation to Howard County MD seniors. In many cases these seniors are no longer able to provide transportation for themselves and Neighbor Ride gives them a great feeling of independence from not having to ask family or friends to transport them. I began volunteering as a driver with Neighbor Ride 7 years ago when it began. I had been looking for volunteer opportunities that would fit the retired lifestyles that my wife and I enjoy. We are away from home (and not able to volunteer) for several months during the year but I could still provide rides when I was home. Unlike some other volunteer opportunities, Neighbor Ride does not require one to volunteer at pre-determined times so this really worked for me.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been driving with NeighborRide for over 4 years and have enjoyed the experience tremendously. The riders are appreciative of the service and always makes the point that NeighborRide enriches their lives say something along the lines of "I don't know what I'd do without it, "

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I live far away from my parents and my husband's parents and therefore don't have a chance to help them with transportation, etc. When I learned about Neighbor Ride I thought it was a perfect solution to my situation...I can't help the seniors in my family but I can help seniors where I live. It has been a most rewarding experience...to help people who can no longer drive is a beautiful thing. People are so appreciative and grateful to have a little independence that rides provide.
Also, from a practical perspective, it is terrific to be able to schedule rides when convenient for me and not to have to make a commitment for a set schedule. I look at my calendar each week and then decide what ride requests fit my schedule. The online scheduling is quick and easy, too. All in all Neighbor Ride has been a wonderful fit for me and the passengers ALWAYS appreciate the rides.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Driving for Neighbor Ride is a wonderful way to "pay it forward." I joined as a way of helping local seniors because my aging parents live over 200 miles away and I can't help them with their transportation needs. It is a variation of "if you're not near the one you love, love the one you're near" and I'm hoping in the great cosmic scheme of things, it all balances out. All of my passengers are genuinely appreciative of the drivers, it is very satisfying. Allison K

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've been a driver for over seven years. I always knew how grateful our clients were and I truly enjoyed their stories, their spirit and their sense of humor. It wasn't until I faced a bout with cancer and was unable to drive, that I realized how much I missed it. It feels great to make a donation, but when it's face-to-face, the feeling is astounding. This is the ultimate pay it forward, with the bonus that one day I can get a ride from a friend and neighbor. Steve

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a Neighbor Ride volunteer for about 3 years and continue to hear how grateful our seniors are for the service we provide. It's great to be part of such a wonderful organization that makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm proud to be a volunteer with Neighbor Ride. It is an organization that has been honored with many awards in recent years -- deservedly so! It is providing a much-needed service to the community, and with the aging of our population, such services as driving people to their medical appointments will become increasingly important. Thank you, Neighbor Ride for the continued opportunity to give back to the community!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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