The Driver – Volunteer Newsletter July 2023

by | Jul 17, 2023 | Volunteer Newsletters

In the early morning of 7/13 we spotted Nancy Campbell, pictured here with client  Gwendolyn Thompson.  Nancy is celebrating her two year anniversary with Neighbor Ride this month.

We were happy to “catch” our volunteer driver, Debbie Daniels, in action this month.  She is pictured her with client Anne Burns.  Debbie has been driving for Neighbor Ride for three years.


The 2023 Howard County Fair will take place from August 5-12th at the fairgrounds. The County Executive has made complementary passes available to our volunteers. These tickets can be used on either Monday, August 7th or Tuesday, August 8th. Please email volunteer@neighborride if you are interested. You many request up to 4 tickets.


Neighbor Ride is looking to further enhance our online presence.  If you have familiarity working with Google Ads and would be willing to share your knowledge with us, please email Colleen at


Road Closure Notice: Beginning on or about Monday, July 10th , Old Columbia Pike from Tollhouse Road to Main Street in Ellicott City, will be closed to all-thru traffic from 9am-4pm, as part of the ongoing water main replacement project along Old Columbia Pike. Weather permitting, it is expected to reopen on or about Monday, August 7th. Driver Joan shared two new thoughts” I found having a seatbelt extender for front and back seats made things easier for my passengers and easier for me if I had to help them with it.  Cost about $20.”

“When driving people to appointments at 10710 Charter Drive, it is much easier to do drop off and pick up on the lower (ground floor) level.  You can see the entrance better and there are more places to park and watch for them to come out.” If you have a tip you would like to share with our drivers please email it to:

Winter Growth’s three-part Living with Alzheimer’s for Care Partners series, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater MD Chapter, will kick-off on Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30 pm – with sessions 2 and 3 scheduled for the same time on Wednesday, August 16th and Wednesday, September 20th. The programs will all be held at Winter Growth (5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia 21044), and light refreshments will be served. Members of the community are invited to join Winter Growth for the FREE series where presenters will discuss:

  • The symptoms and care needs associated with the early and middle stages of Alzheimer’s
  • Legal, financial, and resource planning that needs to occur
  • Components of a care team
  • How relationships change
  • Effective ways to provide care and manage challenging expressions

To RSVP, participants are asked to call or email Bailey at (410) 964-9616 or


Maureen RochelleA shout out to Rosemary Noble for referring Maureen to us. Can you help us make this list longer by referring  friends who are  looking for a rewarding and flexible volunteer opportunity?


Friday Late Night Planetarium Program & Movie  You don’t have to leave Howard County for an out-of-this-world Friday night experience. Treat yourself to top-notch astronomy and entertainment at the Robinson Nature Center. This program is held in our state-of-the-art digital planetarium and features a full-dome movie preceded by an adult-level planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. No online registration; call 410-313-0400 to reserve tickets. 18 yrs + Robinson Nature Ctr 8-9pm $8 RP4800.403 Program: Once in a Blue Moon           Aug 4 F Film: Moons, Worlds of Mystery This FREE event is open to everyone. Registration is required. Free raffle prizes – tickets will be distributed at check-in.


Our Heartfelt Condolences to the Families of:

  • Client – Rudolph Tyrell
  • Retired Driver- Buddie Bruce

The Neighbor Ride car magnets are one of our biggest recruiting tools, so we have designated every 3rd Tuesday of the month as Magnet Day. We ask all volunteers to display the magnets on their cars throughout the day.