Neighbor Ride Inc

Rating: 4.95 stars   113 reviews

Address:

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 1,400 trips per month.

Target demographics:

Seniors, age 60 and over

Direct beneficiaries per year:

465 seniors - help them stay healthy and connected to the people and activities that add meaning and quality to their lives

Geographic areas served:

Transportation is provided for Howard County seniors to destinations in a 900-square mile area.

Programs:

Our team of 350 volunteers coordinate and provide rides for local seniors, helping them remain active, independent and connected to the community

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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1 person found this review helpful

I began as a volunteer driver when I retired in mid-2011 and I've enjoyed meeting people and hearing their stories since then. I've received more than I've given, I think. I've learned so much about other people and their difficulties as they aged, and also seen neighborhoods in my own county that I've never visited before. It's been a very rewarding experience.
Larry Carson

 
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1 person found this review helpful

When I retired in July, 2011, I immediately signed up as a volunteer driver with Neighborride and I've been very happy with the program. It gives me the opportunity to help people who need it, but also to choose my times and trips.
Most important to me, though, is that I have had the opportunity to meet people who live all over Howard County, and to visit their streets and hear a bit of their lives and history in the county, which I find very interesting. It has also afforded me the opportunity to visit places outside the county, like the Johns Hopkins Hospital, which has changed so much over the last 1015 years, and other places in the area I don't normally go to.
So the program has enriched my life, taught me more about my neighbors and my community and allowed me to help others who need 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?

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 wish this service was available to my parents and in-laws when they needed it (they dont live near here). So when i retired I immediately signed up. I've seen neighborhoods I didnt know existed, but more, i've met some very very sweet people. Its good to know I've helped them get out of their houses to something they needed or wanted to do. This is a great service for HoCo.

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

Cant think of any!

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 have been a volunteer drive for almost two years with Neighbor Ride and I get to see first hand the impact we have to the seniors we drive. By providing a very inexpensive ride, to their doctor, shopping or visit friends eliminates the isolated feeling many of our seniors feel.

 
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Volunteering for Neighbor Ride has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It has been a pleasure getting to know Seniors in my community and share stories while we drive. Thank you 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?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

There is nothing more rewarding then helping those that can no longer do for themselves. This is made delightfully easy by the staff at Neighbor ride who work tirelessly to make sure matches are made between drivers and riders.

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 love volunteering for Neighbor Ride because I can help someone when I am available. I travel and when I am in town I volunteer and when away they remove me from the email list. When my mother was alive she needed a service like this but there was none available where she lived. I tell people about this service who wish their parents lived in a community that offered such affordable transportation. This organization is so well run that people should realize how little time it takes to help someone. You pick the day, time and location. The direction and maps are all set up and even your mileage and cost of gas is configured for you. I have met some delightful people and feel good that I can help them get to places they need to go.
Emma A.

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

My experience with Neighbor Ride was unbelievably rewarding. I work full-time and have a fairly hectic schedule so I was seeking a way that I could give back to the community with a flexible schedule. Neighbor Ride was the answer. What I was unprepared for was the impact our clients had on my life. Independence is a gift often taken for granted when you have it; affording it to those without it otherwise adds so much to their lives!

I drove clients to church, to the gym, the grocery store, the dollar store......outings that they looked forward to all week! I cherished our conversations on the ride and made new friends. I was very sad to be unable to continue in the program and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in adding value to their life. The program is so well managed by a wonderful group of volunteers and it opened my eyes to how much it is needed in the community. I sincerely hope I can join again someday :)

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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