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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Philanthropy, Senior Centers, Seniors, Transportation Assistance, Voluntarism Promotion

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: 443seniors - helping them stay healthy and connected to the people and activities that add meaning and quality to their lives

Geographic areas served: Volunteer-driven 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

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 4

Neighbor Ride is exceptionally well-run and has proven to be an invaluable asset to the Howard County older adult community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Neighbor Ride is an incredible group of volunteers and staff who continually go the "extra mile" to deliver on the mission

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Neighbor Ride serves a vital role in the community and the evidence is in the wonderful comments shown here by our passengers and volunteers. It has been a real pleasure to be a small part of the success of the organization and the impact it has on people's lives.

1 Laurie R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Neighbor Ride is a wonderful resource for our community! Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that our county's seniors are able to stay active and get where they need to go when they need to get there. I'm proud to be associated with such a great organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I just joined the board for Neighbor Ride and I attended my first meeting which was the strategic retreat. I am so impressed with the staff and board of this group. It is very exciting to be a part of a non-profit organization who strives to reduce isolation in the elderly population by providing free or low cost rides to doctors appointments, social gatherings, church activities, errands, etc. We of course can't accomplish this without our wonderful volunteers. A big goal for us this year is to increase our volunteers so we can continue to offer this wonderful service to Howard County elederly residents.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board member, I hear many stories from the drivers and other volunteers that work for Neighbor Ride. One favorite is a passenger that faithfully calls the office each time she is transported, and leaves a message of thanks for that day's ride. That makes the drivers feel good, the passenger feels good, and the office volunteers are reminded how much the service means to our clients.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Many of us take driving for granted. But, without driving ones life becomes very isolated. Hearing the stories of seniors that have been positively impacted by the kindness of Neighbor Ride volunteers is a wonderful thing. This is a great organization that really makes a difference in the lives of seniors.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Neighbor Ride is an invaluable resource to the senior community in Howard County. Remaining active is essential to the health and well-being of seniors and Neighbor Ride greatly assists with this through their transportation services.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

So much for so little! Keeps seniors independent and mobile and provides a flexible volunteer opportunity creating immediate impact. A win-win for all! Taking folks to cultural and social events, religious services, volunteer jobs, managing healthcare and business appts., visiting friends and loved ones, or just getting a haircut or picking up a birthday gift allows seniors to have door to door service in a private vehicle at their preferred time. A viable transportation option with minimum infrastructure and staff. More than 250 volunteers are providing more than 1,000 trips each month!

Review from Guidestar