July 29 – August 4, 2022Vol. 24, No. 8

Neighbors Driving Neighbors is Back!

Neighbors Driving Neighbors (NDN) is a community-based nonprofit whose volunteer drivers transport those who don’t drive. For the past two years, NDN has navigated the rough terrain of COVID, offering free rides to medical appointments and deliveries of food and medicine, but otherwise limiting its ride program until recently, when rides to all destinations reopened!

During the pandemic, NDN was blessed with the leadership of Dr. Dan Onion and the Medical Advisory Committee he led. This committee met monthly to assess the impact of COVID on our communities and to create best practices for safe transportation. While the current committee led by Dr. Jeff Lovitz continues to monitor the pandemic closely, NDN is excited to have the green light. The program offers free rides to all destinations within 35 miles for fully immunized riders.

While NDN builds community connections by linking volunteer drivers to riders, it relies on the support of the community to keep its operations going. The NDN online auction, which runs from July 1 to 29, still has some great items and experiences to be won, and you can bid from the comfort of your home! Check out biddingowl.com/neighborsdrivingneighbors to place a bid on one-of-a-kind art, treats and experiences.

Serving Belgrade, Rome, Mount Vernon, Vienna, and Fayette, NDN welcomes you to connect with your neighbors at the annual NDN Community Breakfast on August 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the Mount Vernon Community Center. Stop by to enjoy delicious homemade egg casseroles, potatoes, fruit and pastries. Meet old and new neighbors, and support a great cause!

NDN is thankful for the generous support of so many in our community and is honored to be able to help provide transportation to help people continue to live meaningful lives in their homes. If you or a loved one needs transportation in our five-town area, please reach out to register with us at www.neighborsdrivingneighbors.org, call (207) 860‑0677, or follow us on Facebook. We’ll be glad to see you on the road!

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