Get that warm fuzzy feeling this Holiday Season! Volunteer with Operation Red Nose.
Our volunteers dedicate their time on cold winter nights to help make sure those enjoying the Holidays get home and make the streets safe for everyone. The reasons people come to volunteer are varied. Perhaps they:
- Lost a loved one to drinking and driving
- Want to keep our streets safe
- Enjoy meeting new people; fellow volunteers and clients
- But most of all; everyone just wants to help
You may finish your shift a little tired, BUT, we guarantee it will be the most rewarding night of your life.
Our volunteer drive teams offer a very unique service to the community. We are the only organization that volunteers to drive people home in their own vehicles for FREE. One simple call from a client and a three-member drive team is dispatched. When the drive team reaches the pick-up location, two of the team members drive the client and their friends home in the client's vehicle. The third team member follows closely behind in the team escort vehicle to the client's drop-off location. Once they arrive and the client is home safe and sound, the team reunites in the escort vehicle and they are off to their next ride.
Operation Red Nose starts the last Friday in November and continues each weekend in December, plus the Thursday before Christmas and New Year's Eve. Volunteers are welcome and needed each and every operational night. Now, we don't expect you to be there every night, but we do need you to commit to a full shift when you volunteer. The telephone lines open at 9:00 pm and stay open until 3:00 am. Drive teams stay out on the road until all clients are home safely. Once all the rides are complete, teams return to headquarters and head home for some much deserved sleep.
If you fall somewhere between the ages of 18 and 80ish, you are the right person to volunteer with Operation Red Nose. All volunteers involved are required to submit a volunteer application and agree to a Criminal Record Check (CRC). Operation Red Nose will request a CRC from the Winnipeg Police Service on your behalf. The Winnipeg Police Service, a partner in this program, completes all CRCs at no charge to you. For obvious reasons, if you are driving, you need a valid driver's license. Don't worry if you don't have one, we can still use your help as a Navigator who travels in the client's car.
Come with a couple of friends or family members to form your own team. Or, come on your own or plus one. We'll pair you up with another volunteer or two to make a team of three.