The Driver – Volunteer Newsletter – June 2024

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Featured, In the News, Volunteer Newsletters


PORTAL NEWS

  • The zip code for the client and for the destination are now showing in the pending ride screen on the driver portal. This will hopefully make it easier for you to find a ride that is close to you.
  • Ride Confirmations will print on one page if you reduce the scaling to 72%.
  • Welcome back to our teachers and school personnel. Thank you for your hard work this year. Please go in and update your summer schedules and availabilities.
  • It’s vacation season! If you are away, please put your dates in the portal so we don’t contact you on vacation. Click on Schedule, enter your dates, and click Add Row button. 

Haven’t had time to familiarize yourself with the new portal?  We would love to have you come by the office and get a quick review.  Andrew will be available on Tuesday, July 9th at 11:00 or Thursday, July 25th at 2:30pm.  Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet but its not required. Please RSVP at volunteer@neighborride.org.


ENJOY THIS STORY & SHARE YOUR OWN!

As a part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration, we are collecting memorable stories, like the one below, from our volunteers and passengers. We will share the collection of stories with the community – bringing the warmth and impact of Neighbor Ride’s 20 years of service to life for all who read them.

Thelma & Louise (aka Viola & Theresa)

I had the opportunity to drive Viola Hughes to her dentist in Hampden in downtown Baltimore. She’s been going there for 60+ years! We had time for a lovely conversation and we spoke about our families. She mentioned that at 89 (she turns 90 next week!!) she loves to mess around with her daughters who always think about her living alone at home and wonder what “trouble” she is getting into. She still drives everywhere locally and only uses Neighbor Ride for appointments that require major highways. She also talked a lot about her dear friend and neighbor – Theresa (92 years old) – who also lives alone across the street and they “visit frequently and keep a close eye on each other.”

When Viola saw my car she fell in love with it and said it was her dream car. We kept talking and came up with the idea to take a picture of her and Theresa in the car with the convertible top down. Viola would tell her daughters that she decided to buy the car of her dreams and that she and Theresa would be going on a “Thelma & Louise” road trip but promised to get home safely. When I brought Viola back from the dentist she introduced me to Theresa and we told her the plan – she was a good sport (after she finished paying bills and got “properly dressed” for the day). Below is the infamous pic. 

I’ve driven Viola again and heard that the pic was a total hit among the family, including the daughters, and she shows it to a lot of people and recounts the story.

– Shared by Volunteer Driver, Susan Gunther

We would LOVE to share YOUR favorite stories too. They can be ones that touched your heart or made you laugh. Just email them to Colleen at community@neighborride.org.


HELP BOOST OUR VISIBILITY BY

PROVIDING A 5-STAR GOOGLE REVIEW

Five-star reviews boost our visibility on the internet – making it easier for prospective volunteers to find us. Please take a minute or two to provide your own 5-star review by clicking the link below.


PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING OUR

20th ANNIVERSARY YEAR SPONSORS!

Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics – Orthopaedic Associates of Central MD

The Columbia Association

Community Action Council of Howard County

Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny – Attorneys at Law

Edelman Financial Engines

The Hearing Aide

The Hutt Company, LLC

Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center

Residences at Vantage Point

Senior Placement Navigators


NOTES FROM THE ROAD

RC Harriet reminds us: Marriottsville Road from Resort Road to US 40 will be closed to all traffic until late August. During this time, traffic will follow a clearly marked detour using I-70, MD 32 and MD 99. Marriottsville Road north of US 40 will not be accessible at the US 40 intersection and Resort Road may be accessed from southbound Marriottsville Road just north of Resort Road.


MAY STATISTICS

Rides Requests filled: 719

Rides Cancelled for No Driver: 48

Ride Completion percentage: 95.3%

Different Volunteers Providing a Ride: 167


SUMMER FOOD DELIVERIES?

If you have a college age family member who would like to help

with food bank deliveries this summer, please send an email to 

volunteer@neighborride.org and we can get them set up.


WELCOME NEW VOLUNTEERS!

Kristy Johnson

Parice Halbert

Alicia Young


OBITUARIES

Our condolences to the family of:

Client – Sal Petti


LET’S MAKE IT 20 CARS FOR OUR 20th YEAR!

We accept vehicles regardless of age or condition; and anyone from anywhere (including friends & family in other states) can donate.



Our Contact Information

Neighbor Ride, Inc.

5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 102
Columbia, MD 21044

410-884-7433

http://www.neighborride.org