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NEIGHBOR RIDE INC
June 6, 2012

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

More feedback

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.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I provided transportation to elderly clients who needed to go shopping, see a doctor, attend religious services, etc.