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  

Neighbor Ride provides a very flexible way to provide volunteer hours to the senior community. The computerized listings of available rides makes it easy to fit a ride into my schedule. The riders are interesting, friendly and make the trips most enjoyable. The office staff are the greatest providing useful and timely information to make volunteering easy and enjoyable.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have always wanted to volunteer for NeighborRide. When I took early retirement I was able to sign up. It is one of the most organized and professional organizations that I have worked with. It is wonderful to meet these wonderful seniors and to assist them in maintaining their independence. The seniors are extremely grateful for this service.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Neighbor Ride keeps Seniors engaged and active in their daily lives by providing a safe point-to-point ride. I get the honor of being that "provider" and I have the good fortune to meet some incredible people. I recently met a gentleman with over 50 years as an Educator. I have my 10 years in and I found him to be an inspiration to keep at it (but NOT for 40 more!) I enjoy providing rides that work for my schedule -- I work full time so I volunteer nights and weekends where I am available. There is a great deal of need for this service throughout the county so I am glad that I can contribute. If you think you need a volunteer position that meets your schedule, this is the one to consider. You have to like to drive and you have to like Seniors and you have to be patient but it all tends to work out very smoothly. It has been very rewarding.

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?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

GREAT PROGRAM SENIORS ARE ALWAYS SO GREATFUL THIS GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO GET OUT AS WELL AS GET TO THERE DESTINATION MOST HAVE LITTLE COMPANY AND ENJOY THE CONVERSATION WITH US

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Driving the wonderful seniors for Neighbor Ride makes me both happy, but helps to assure that the service will be viable when I need it. I too am a senior. Isolation is such a threat to us as we get older. No group is more appreciative of a simple act of helpfulness.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer as a driver for Neighbor Ride, Inc, and have been involved for almost 2 years now. A good friend has been involved for over 7 years. My experience has been nothing except extraordinary. The simple gift of my time and my car provides independence and friendly conversation during the time the Neighbor Ride clients share my car. I have met wonderfully engaging and lively individuals who would be housebound or dependent on only family members for transportation. With Neighbor Ride and other volunteers like me, they can lead full and independent lives which can include doctor's visits, time spent at local senior centers, grocery shopping or just visiting other friends and family. My free time gives them this gift of independence. And, I enjoy their company and the give of their friendship. Neighbor Ride brings us together.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

NeighborRide has been a wonderful experience for me - I truly get to help people at the ground level - where they live, where they need to go (doctors office, social outings, etc). It is one of the most immediate returns on time investment I have participated in. I additionally enjoy getting to talk with the riders, find out about them and share.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I wanted an opportunity to help community residents and Neighbor Ride has been a wonderful experience! There's flexibility because I choose which rides fit my schedule. I can bring my child along to experience volunteerism, and I really have enjoyed meeting the seniors who I drive.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for Neighbor Ride for about 6 months. I became interested in volunteering for this organization after losing my Mother-in-Law to cancer. We had an impossible time of trying to coordinate rides to doctors' appointments after her treatment for cancer. I new first hand how valuable this service could be for a family. After having personally provided about 25 rides to seniors throughout Howard County it has become evident to me how critical this service is to enable the senior population to live independent and fulfilling lives. The very small paid staff at Neighbor Ride does an amazing job of training drivers, coordinating rides for clients and keeping drivers and other volunteers informed. According to the information Neighbor Ride has provided, the demand for rides is constantly increasing in our county and surrounding counties. One experience really drove home, for me, the need for this service and the need to continue to find more drivers and scheduling volunteers. I was dropping a client at the BWI train station when a nun from the Little Sisters of the Poor stopped and inquired about the service I was providing (we identify our service by placing a removeable magnet on our passenger side door). She inquired about specifics regarding the organization and how she would go about using our services. Unfortunately, she was located in a neighboring county, but I could tell by her comments that this would have been a very useful service to the seniors living at one of their sponsored homes. On a personal level, I have felt a great deal of satisfaction after providing a ride for someone. They are extremely appreciative for the ability not to burden their loved ones time after time, for things they need or want to do. I cannot speak highly enough of the professional, efficient and friendly staff and team of volunteers that I have had the pleasure of dealing with thus far. I plan to remain as a volunteer and provides as many rides as my schedule allows for.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I drive senior citizens who are no longer able to drive themselves. This is the most rewarding volunteer service I have ever been involved in. Every rider is so appreciative.

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?

2012

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