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  

3 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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1 person found this review helpful

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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2 people 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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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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2 people 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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2 people 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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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

I've been a volunteer for Neighbor Ride since 2012 and I absolutely love this nonprofit organization! I love helping our senior citizens (always near and dear to my heart) and I love working with the staff at NR (Rosemary & Colleen, you ROCK!) always so friendly and willing to work with you on any schedule. I look forwarding to giving more rides when my class is finished!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Neighbor Ride was my saving grace. After working for 36 years, I retired. Now I didn't even have to get out of bed (not a good thing). I found Neighbor Ride in an internet search. Their requirements and my availability fit perfectly. They ask that you take 2 rides per month. Some days I do 2 rides in a day. I was able to work around scheduled vacations - I simply notified them how long I would be gone and the emails stopped until I returned. I purposely took early morning rides as a reason to get out of bed. The clients I've met have been awesome and I've fallen in love with so many of them. Now I look forward to the daily rides list and am occasionally disappointed to find a ride I would like to take has already been assigned! I love doing this and the clients always express their gratitude 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?

A lot

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?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been working as a ride coordinator on Fridays for over 4 years now. Every week I take calls from the seniors who use our service and am constantly told by them how grateful they are to have us and our wonderful volunteer drivers. I personally know the impact this organization is having due to the lack of one where my parents live. This organization enhances life for so many here in Howard County... week after week. I am proud to be associated with Neighbor Ride.

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 started volunteering as a Ride Coordinator with Neighbor Ride over 2 years ago. I enjoy working there talking to seniors who benefit so much from this service. I constantly hear from them how this service has allowed them to get out to doctor appointments and even hair appointments! They are always praising our volunteer drivers who cheerfully provide rides and companionship. This is also the best run non profit I have ever volunteered for - well run and always appreciative of their volunteers!

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 have been volunteering with Neighbor Ride for over a year now. I work in their office as a ride coordinator. I think this organization is well run and much needed by the senior community! Many seniors tell me on the phone when scheduling rides, that this service has been a life saver for them. It allows those that can't drive themselves to get around and participate in life. I've also gotten my husband to be one of the volunteer drivers! An excellent opportunity to make a difference!!

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

I speak with seniors that benefit from the rides this org provides.

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

I believe the org is well run. Getting more volunteer drivers will make it better!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I joined Neighbor Ride a month after it opened--first as a ride coordinator and soon after also as a driver. It's well-run, responsive to driver and passenger needs and is a very rewarding experience. I volunteer at many nonprofits, and Neighbor Ride is the best!

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

Expand it to take donations of automobiles.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

My wife and I have been drivers for Neighbor Ride for three years, and we've had the privilege of meeting many, many nice people. The clients have always expressed deep gratitude for the continued freedom that NR gives them after they are no longer able to drive. From a driver's viewpoint the operation could not be more convenient. We can pick those rides that best fit our schedule. It is well organized and the office staff is the best.

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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