Neighbor Ride Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   104 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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've been a volunteer driver for Neighbor Ride for almost two years. I signed up because I thought it was important that the elderly have a way of getting around when they couldn't drive. I was seeing in my own elderly parents (who live in another county and don't have a Neighbor Ride service) how isolated they were becoming because they couldn't drive. So I've just extended the support I provide to my parents to other elderly folks in my county. I have loved every moment. The staff goes out of its way to make the ride sign-up process so easy for the volunteers. And the clients? Oh my gosh, I've enjoyed every trip I've provided. These are fascinating, vibrant people who still have a lot to offer the world. I have learned so much about my clients' life experiences and it has enriched my life. I've been able to learn more about World War II, cooking, religion, and politics! I've been a volunteer in the community with other non-profits over the years, but this is the most appreciative clientele AND the most supportive staff I've ever had the honor of dealing with. I've enjoyed it so much that I now try to recruit new drivers! Neighbor Ride is the catalyst for keeping the elderly active and engaged at a time in their lives when doing so can be such a challenge.

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

The comments I've heard from the clients. They are so grateful for the service and so complimentary of the caring, compassionate help each driver provides. When I heard these things, I knew that I had chosen an exceptional organization to volunteer with.

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

find more drivers so that Neighbor Ride could offer the service to more 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?

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?

Make it easier to distinguish (and sign up for) one-way requests for travel.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Oh yes. Driving different clients has given me the opportunity to learn about new cultures, use my foreign language skills, get another perspective on history, etc.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Each time i provide transportation to an elderly client, I feel good about myself and my community. I believe in paying it forward, hoping that others will provide this service to me when I'm elderly.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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  

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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