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Neighbor Ride Inc

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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 1,500 trips per month.

Target demographics: Seniors, age 60 and over

Direct beneficiaries per year: 468 seniors - 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

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been one of my greatest volunteer experiences. I've met so many different people with so many different perspectives on life. We get to talk in a one on one setting. A senior myself, driving older seniors offers me a glimpse at what the future can hold.

Almost forgot: A flexible opportunity to serve the community. Always end a trip with a smile on my face.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Neighbor Ride is an outstanding organization serving our senior neighbors. While I'm currently a board member, I've checked my role as "Volunteer." We have always had outstanding board and professional leadership. It is an honor to be a small part of that history. However, my real joy has been driving my neighbors whom I've never before met. Drive to Church, Doctors, Exercise, Shopping and Friends. Each encounter provides a new perspective on my community and myself. And it is so easy since I only sign up to drive when it fits my schedule!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Neighbor Ride serves a great need in the community by assisting the senior residents in getting to their appointments and other obligations. I have been a driver for a year and a half and, along with my children, have really enjoyed meeting and talking with our riders. I wish this type of nonprofit was available to seniors in other communities around the country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer driver since 2014. I enjoy it immensely because the passengers are so grateful. I like to take different people that I haven't met yet. I am very impressed with the overall organization. They make it easy to a take a ride that fits my schedule. Also, I discovered that neighbors on my own street are Neighbor Ride passengers! Many of the rides I take only take a half hour out of my day. Everyone should be trying this!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I find volunteering for Neighbor Ride to be very rewarding and flexible. Last week I drove a couple I have driven several times before. The wife never speaks any English, but the husband and I have great conversations covering many topics. While helping the wife get out of the car when dropping them off, she took my arm and said clearly, "I love you." It was very heart warming.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a driver for NeighborRide for 2 years. Unlike many of my fellow drivers, I'm still working , and work the rides in to my daily schedule. I've met wonderful people who regularly bring new perspective to my life. Moreover, the tiny but effective paid staff have such an organized operation that is a volunteers dream! The devil is in the details and they've got them figured out!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Neighbor Ride is the best opportunity for a volunteer. You are free to make the rides fit into your schedule. This is especially important to me because I can work my 9 to 5 job and still schedule rides in the evening and on weekends. The seniors that we pick up are so appreciative and many have interesting stories to share. It's a perfect mix of friendly drivers and friendly seniors, a pleasant experience on both sides. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a driver and friend to these wonderful seniors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been driving for Neighbor Ride for seven months. I started out only doing the minimum 2 rides a month, but in the past couple months, there are a few clients I've really gotten to know well and look forward to seeing them, so I try to do their rides as often as possible. I've made new friends and love our time in the car catching up. On the administrative side, Neighbor Ride makes it very easy for the drivers to find out who needs a ride. And I love volunteering in my local community, making it just a tiny bit better.

Karen Palen S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Neighbor Ride for the last two years. It gives me so much pleasure to see that I have made someone's life a bit easier for them. I have enjoyed hearing my riders life stories and how everyone is so appreciative!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with Neighbor Ride as a driver about six months ago. It is a very efficiently run organization by a staff that really cares about its customer base. The most wonderful aspect of Neighbor Ride is serving folks who really benefit from caring transportation and who are so grateful and sharing about their lives. I get back more than I give.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband uses neighbor ride to get back and forth to dialysis. the people driving for this service are kind, generous and really seem to enjoy driving and helping people who cannot get around for medical appt. He has made a few friends along the way which is always nice to have in time of need. Thank you neighbor ride!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started driving for Neighbor Ride about three years ago. I thought I'd be doing something good for others. That is true, but I had no idea how much good our clients would do for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed the clients I meet and often hearing about their life stories. What s privilege!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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,

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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.