NEIGHBOR RIDE INC
June 7, 2012
After my daughter was born in 2010, I was looking for a community service opportunity to do on a consistent basis with her. My parents taught me about the importance of giving back to the community, and I wanted to teach her from the beginning as well. I didn't have much success finding a non-profit to work with alongside my baby, until I read about Neighbor Ride in the Columbia Flier! I saw a picture with a mom and her child in the back, taking a senior on their trip. I was sold on the fact that this non-profit was family friendly and started to volunteer in August 2011. The seniors love my daughter, and she loves the inter-generational experience. As a busy mom who is working full-time and going to school full-time, the hours of availability to drive seniors are extremely flexible for my schedule. We usually do our rides on the weekend. Volunteer drivers are asked to take 2 rides a month, but if you can do more, great! Also, I have only had to cancel a ride once (due to my daughter being sick), and Neighbor Ride was very professional and understanding about my dilemma. They immediately sent out an email to the volunteers asking if anyone could take the ride. The seniors are very gracious about the rides. I would want someone to do the same for me when I'm older, or for my parents or grandparents. This experience really makes me feel like I'm making a difference.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Have more volunteer outreach at community events. I was at a "Childfest" event in Howard County in May (which attracted 2,500 people in 2011), and thought that would have been a perfect place to have a Neighbor Ride table.
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Just hearing a thank you from a senior is enough for me. They don't take my time for granted. Their interaction with my daughter is also uplifting to both parties.
Volunteer & Volunteer Driver.