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!
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!
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.
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, "
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!