Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!
Celebrating 18 Years with a Special Poem
Throughout the years, one of our much-loved, and now retired volunteers would treat us to fun, original poems to mark a variety of milestones. For old-times sake, we asked if he would pen one for our 18th “birthday”. To our delight, he did! Thank you Andy!
Happy Eighteenth Birthday, Neighbor Ride!
One score years, less two, ago
A senior had no way to go
To doctors, church or shopping, too
They didn’t know just what to do
But then in Howard County, they
Were given options one fine day
For yes that moment did arrive
And Neighbor Ride began to drive
With friends and neighbors at the wheel
Those seniors did relief then feel
Their transportation not forsaken
They could get there, no mistakin’
And though some eighteen years have passed
So quickly did the time go fast
And Neighbor Ride has really grown some
Making seniors’ lives less lonesome
Lots of drivers, lots of rides
Lots of passengers besides
Though it’s all increased in size
And the numbers surely rise
Neighbor Ride is always thriving
Safely, surely they’re arriving
Racking up a ton of miles
Meeting people’s needs with smiles!
Passenger Fare Increases
After four-plus years and a through review, our rates will be adjusted effective July 1, 2022. As always, fees are determined by the one way distance, per Google Maps, between the pick-up location and the destination. If any client expresses concern over their ability to use Neighbor Ride due to financial constraints, please have them call Patrice or Andrew to see if they qualify for any subsidies.
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER, THE COLUMBIA ORCHESTRA, FOR THIS SEASON’S FABULOUS PERFORMANCES!
- December 17, 2022, 10:30am & 1:00pm – Family Holiday Concert
- January 27, 2023, 7:30pm – Columbia Jazz Band presents… Who is Oliver Nelson?
- February 4, 2023, 7:30 pm – Brahms, Strauss, & Simon
- March 18, 2022 at 7:30pm – Symphonic Pops
- April 15, 2023 – Peter and the Wolf
- May 20, 2023, 7:30 pm – Rhapsody in Blue
National Federation for the Blind – Upcoming Meeting Dates
Thanks for all the drivers who have taken these Tuesday evening rides. The clients have all been so appreciative!! The schedule for the rest of the rides are as follows: January 3; February 7; March 7; April 4; May 2; June 6.
SAVE THE DATE!
Bingo will be back at the FOP Lodge on Saturday, April 22nd!! Basket and event sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your business/employer would like to get involved.
Mileage Reports for Tax Season
A spreadsheet of volunteer miles can be generated from the driver Ride Match Portal following these steps:
- From the driver portal, click on Ride History
- Change the date range to 1/1/22-12/31/22
- Export to Excel
Note: The mileage on the front page of the driver dashboard does not include total miles so use the total reflected on the spreadsheet.
There’s still time to contribute before the end of the 2022 tax year! To donate online, simply click the button below:
THANK YOU to the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County!
Neighbor Ride is so grateful for the generous support of the members of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County. Their recent grant helped to offset transportation fees for 200 of our female clients!
Heartfelt condolences to the families of:
- Passengers – Alvin and Monika Goldman
- Passenger – David Kolodny
- Passenger – Rubye Rhodes
- Passenger – Kathleen Dunne
- Passenger – Otis Dickerson
Welcome New Volunteers
- Kathy McSweeney
- Doug Clark
- Anna Haney
COVID-19 Precaution Reminders
Neighbor Ride will continue to recommend that all drivers and clients continue to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.