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TowerCares Foundation awards $7,500 to Neighbor Ride for veterans transportation

The TowerCares Foundation awarded $7,500 to Neighbor Ride to support subsidized transportation for veterans ages 60 and older in Howard County.

Bruce Fulton, center, the executive director of Neighbor Ride, accepts a ceremonial check for $7,500 from Mary-Brigid McCauley, right, business development account manager at Tower Federal Credit Union, and Rochelle Hazzard, the assistant vice president of business development with Tower Federal Credit Union. (Photo by Patrice Cerwonka, Neighbor Ride)

The free transportation available to veterans through this grant provides the “wheels” needed to access medical care and to build upon community connections essential to overall well-being. The project also supports active military members by providing a safe transportation option for aging parents and offers a meaningful volunteer opportunity for local Veterans.

The TowerCares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) group, is the charity arm of Tower Federal Credit Union and supports today’s children in need as well as the brave men and women who protect our freedom and their families—so that they all may have a brighter future tomorrow. The Foundation gives grants to well-vetted charitable organizations that align with this mission—and gives its neighbors and corporate partners the opportunity to do the same.

Neighbor Ride, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life for Howard County’s seniors by providing the comfort and peace of mind of affordable, passenger-focused transportation services through a reliable, volunteer-based system.

The organization provides more than 17,000 trips annually year for medical appointments, social outings, shopping, educational pursuits, and wellness activities. In response to needs rising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Neighbor Ride now also serves vulnerable individuals and families in our community by delivering food and durable medical equipment in partnership with the Howard County Food Bank and the Loan Closet of Howard County.