Volunteering for Neighbor Ride
As a Driver or Ride Coordinator you have the opportunity to enhance the quality of life for Howard County seniors who choose to "age in place" by providing reliable and affordable transportation for them. The rewards of helping seniors overcome isolation and maintain connections to their community are invaluable. You as a volunteer driver will use your personal car, and have complete flexibility to choose the rides that work for your schedule and location. Daytime, evening and weekend volunteer driving opportunities are available. Rides are chosen via email or by calling our office. You can choose to receive a daily email of all upcoming rides or to receive individual ride requests for the days and times you designate. We ask that you drive a minimum of two rides a month. We provide a door-to-door service, but after dropping off the passenger, you can decide to wait, run errands, or return home. Parents may bring their children along on the rides for a wonderful inter-generational opportunity.
You are needed to make Neighbor Ride a success. The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend Orientation. Orientation is held every Tuesday morning from 9:30 - 10:30 am and there is an evening program once a month. Register Now for Orientation or feel free to call Patrice Cerwonka or Holly Waddell at 410-884-7433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read our volunteer testimonials and watch the video below to learn more about the volunteer experience.
Volunteer Drivers must:
Attend Volunteer Orientation. Orientations are held every Tuesday morning at 9:30 am or evenings by appointment.
Be 21 years of age or older.
Have 3 points or fewer on their driver's license and have valid automobile insurance.
Be interested in seniors.
Be capable of maintaining confidentiality.
Be able to pass criminal background and driver record checks.
Background Check Results Disqualifiers: Any person found guilty of any offenses in the following categories listed below will be disqualified and prohibited from serving as a volunteer:
1. Sex Offenses
2. Felony Violence
Any person found guilty of the following offenses will be prohibited from volunteering for the period of time associated with each offense:
1. Felony offenses within the last 10 years (other than violence or sex).
2. All misdemeanor violence offenses within the past 7 years.
3. All misdemeanor drug and alcohol offenses within the past 5 years, or multiple offenses in the past 10 years.
4. Any other misdemeanor within the past 5 years that would be considered a potential danger to seniors or is directly related to the functions of that volunteer.
5. Anyone who has been charged with any of the disqualifying offenses or for cases pending in the court cannot volunteer until the official settlement of the case. The settlement must meet the policy guidelines for accepting volunteers. Volunteers will serve at the pleasure of Neighbor Ride, and may be dismissed from their volunteer duties at any time, with or without cause.
Volunteer Ride Coordinators must:
Be 18 years of age or older.
Be comfortable handling telephone reservations and record keeping.
Have basic computer tasks and experience with database programs.
Have a 3-4 hour block of time, weekly or bimonthly, to dedicate to volunteering.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:
Community outreach events.
General office help.
Ongoing and one-time marketing development efforts and events.