Neighbor Ride Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   109 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  

1 person found this review helpful

As a driver (7 years of me, 10 for my wife), you met interesting people (a jazz musician, a patient advocate in a local hospital), & folks of every background (businesspeople, teachers, doctors) and nationality (I've learned some Chinese from one passenger, some Japanese from another). Best of all, you set your own schedule, everything is simple and fully automated, and Neighbor Ride is a wonderfully run organization that never leaves its volunteers or clients in the lurch! A model for the whole country to emulate. Steve S

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My wife and I are in our fifth year driving for Neighbor Ride. It has been, and continues to be, a great experience. We meet so many nice clients who are so appreciative of the service we provide them. The decision to give up their driver's license is one of the most life-changing events for these seniors. They lose their independence and become house-bound. Neighbor Ride provides a means for them to recover some of that independence.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My wife and I have been volunteer drivers for two years. This has been, and continues to be one of our most rewarding experiences. The clients are wonderful and appreciative people who constantly tell us how important our service is to them. The scheduling process for the drives is extremely convenient and flexible, and the office staff has always been extremely helpful and pleasant.

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?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My wife and I have been a drivers for Neighbor Ride for about a year. Neighbor Ride provides low cost transportation for the senior citizens of Howard County to get to doctors, physical therapy, shopping and other personal appointments. As volunteers, we get immediate satisfaction directly from our clients. During every one of our over 100 rides, our client is always very appreciative and invariably says that Neighbor Ride has become essential to their ability to carry on a reasonably normal life. That makes it particularly rewarding for us drivers. It is an extremely well-run organization that couldn't be more convenient for the drivers.

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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1 person found this review helpful

I started volunteering because I wanted to make a difference. Little did I know that my life would be enriched as much, or perhaps even more so, as the lives of the people I've served through Neighbor Ride. I love the stories my passengers share and have learned so much from their beautiful perspectives. That being said, the difference that the rest of Neighbor Ride's volunteers and I are making in the lives of the seniors we drive is very clear too. With the "wheels" we provide, seniors are able to tend to their health care and continue to enjoy all the activities and social interactions that add meaning and quality to their lives. Neighbor Ride is definitely a "win-win" for all involved!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I do a lot of volunteer work but Neighbor Ride is special. My commitment is driving seniors at least 2 times per month. I choose the times based on my calendar and my itinerary. Sometimes the decision is made a week in advance. Sometimes a day in advance. Always it is a rewarding experience. The seniors are very appreciative and most of the times they tell a great life story. I always come away knowing that the rider and myself are better for the experience.

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?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

An amazing organization from both a volunteer and a professional perspective. As I volunteer, it allows me to help out my neighbors when it conveniences me. An email tells me that someone needs a ride. I look at my calendar, determine if I'm either free or going their way, and then just click! What could be easier and more rewarding. Meeting and helping out very intresting and appreciative persons. As a non-profit professioanl I'm amazing how Neighbor Ride 1) defined a problem of seniors isolated in suburbia, 2) designed a highly targeted solutin, and 3) implemented the solution without a lot of overhead or mission creep. Bottom Line: The clients, the staff and my fellow volunteers are all great people wanting to build a better community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

1. Mainly driving. 2. Discussion with my wife who is a weekly volunteer in the office. 3. Discussing with key staff whom I often see in other community venues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure there is no mission creep (none to date) Make sure it doesn't drift towards too much formality and bureacracy (some minor signs showing up)

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Really none as a driver

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great. It is like I'm helping out a senior while emotionally relating to my own parents and in-laws

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have worked for Neighbor Ride, volunteered, as well as served on the board for this well organized, and hugely important organization. My husband is retired and has been a volunteer driver for several years. He enjoys speaking with and getting to know the passengers. It is often the highlight of his day. It seems volunteers get as much out of Neighbor Ride do as the passengers. Thank you Neighbor Ride for all that you do for others in our community.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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2 people 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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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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