Neighbor Ride is the most satisfying charity I have ever worked as a volunteer. It's mission is so simple - provide low cost transportation for seniors and other eligible residents who can no longer drive themselves. Add in volunteer drivers who pass a simple test, and we all benefit. As a driver for almost 8 years, I have met so many wonderful clients, that I wish my life had more time for more rides.
I've met some interesting people and seen parts of the county i didnt know were there. i met a guy who went to the same high school as my dad, but 20 years later (we talked about how he felt as one of the few minorities in the school but how it had always been integrated). more of a slice of my dad's life! met people who were so immensely grateful that i felt humbled - took some to food bank or to doctors. but its also those who are going to socialize with disabled spouses or meet friends to finally get out of the house that also make this rewarding. The riders are all so happy to have a "new friend" and help.
my only issue is the sometimes lack of flexibility of a drive - if they would say they could go 30 minutes/hour earlier or later, i could drive more. but it is rewarding.
We all know or are related to someone older who needs a ride for a doctor appointment, shopping, or a social visit (and we, too, will need such assistance someday). Neighbor Ride provides well over a thousand rides each month, free of charge to those who cannot afford it. This is community and volunteer service at its best.
Neighbor Ride is the best volunteer gig ever!! I work the schedule and itinerary that suits me, and I meet interesting people all the time. If you like driving and meeting people, this is for you!!
I was a Neighbor Ride volunteer driver for 10+ years from the time the program began in 2004. It was wonderful to see the program grow from just a few drivers to more than 300 when I retired in 2015. Of the over 500 clients I drove to appointments I never had one that didn’t have anything but nice things to say about Neighbor Ride. It is a wonderful program and fills an important need in Howard County.
I started volunteering with Neighbor Ride when they first began in 2004. I had been looking for volunteer opportunities since I had retired but was having difficulty finding one that fit my wife and my lifestyle, which involved a lot of travel. Most volunteer opportunities I looked at needed a commitment to a specific schedule; a specific day of the week for example. Neighbor Ride’s opportunity, on the other hand, allowed me to volunteer to do rides whenever we were in town and not to feel guilty about not contributing when we were gone for a while. I have found the experience quite rewarding and the seniors we provide rides for are extremely grateful as the use of Neighbor Ride gives them back some of their independence.
I'm a volunteer driver for Neighbor Ride. I enjoy getting to know the folks I drive. And I like that I can do it whenever I have some free time in my schedule; I don't have to commit to a certain time every week, and I don't have to find a substitute when I go on vacation. So flexibility is important to me as a driver.
I love volunteering for Neighbor Ride. The people I drive have such interesting stories to tell. I feel as though my life is enriched by being an active volunteer for this organization.
Neighbor Ride fills such an important need in the community. Volunteers are so helpful and the organization is run with the highest standards while keeping the passengers' needs as the highest priority.
As someone who has been involved with Neighbor Ride since it's inception, I have consistently been impressed over and over again by the positive impact Neighbor Ride's service has on many seniors lives. For many, Neighbor Ride is the only affordable source of reliable transportaiton. The staff, board and volunteers are professional and caring.
Neighbor Ride fills an very important need in our county's senior citizen community, i.e. transportation to doctors, shopping, social events, hair dressers, and whatever. As a driver, I've met some fantastic seniors who are all very appreciative of what we do. NR is well organized and makes the volunteer experience far more convenient and pleasant than any I've ever seen,
My wife and I are in our fifth year driving for Neighbor Ride. It has been, and continues to be, a great experience. We meet so many nice clients who are so appreciative of the service we provide them. The decision to give up their driver's license is one of the most life-changing events for these seniors. They lose their independence and become house-bound. Neighbor Ride provides a means for them to recover some of that independence.