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.
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.
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!
I do a lot of volunteer work but Neighbor Ride is special. My commitment is driving seniors at least 2 times per month. I choose the times based on my calendar and my itinerary. Sometimes the decision is made a week in advance. Sometimes a day in advance. Always it is a rewarding experience. The seniors are very appreciative and most of the times they tell a great life story. I always come away knowing that the rider and myself are better for the experience.
I volunteered regularly at Neighbor Ride for 6 years, and then my wife and I began to divide our time between Maryland and Florida. I have continued, while in Maryland, to volunteer at Neighbor Ride, although not as a "regular shift" Ride Coordinator, but as a "floater" or occasional RC. It's that valuable to me to continue giving back to the community.
Beginning in the next couple of weeks, I am trying out a "Remote Ride Coordinator" paradigm in which I will do some of the RC functions remotely, using computer and telephone (ah, included long distance, you are my friend!) This will keep my hand in and enable me to continue volunteering with Neighbor Ride, although from 1000 miles away!
This wonderful service continues to impact my life, and in a positive fashion!!
I had absolutely no idea what I would do in retirement. I love working for NeighborRide, As a ride coordinator and driver I’ve gained a sense of purpose, made me realize how lucky I am and introduced me to so many “new friends”!
I have been driving for neighbor ride for almost 10 years. There is no doubt that I am making a difference thanks to neighbor ride. Every ride I do I get to meet someone new and they get to keep some independence in their lives. That's a win/win for everyone! Not many nonprofits can say they are beneficial to all lives, both volunteers and participants,