Operation Red Nose looking for volunteers

Operation Red Nose Prince George is celebrating its 21st year in the city and is asking residents to join the biggest family during the holiday season and volunteer for its 2018 campaign.

 The designated driving service available during the holiday season relies on an army of volunteers to help keep Prince George roads safe.

This year, Operation Red Nose will be in service Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 7 and 8, Dec. 14 and 15, and New Year’s Eve.

“We’d love to have a total of 300 volunteers to ensure we can meet the demand for rides we expect during the holiday season, especially on New Year’s Eve,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Red Nose spokesperson. “Our volunteers who return year after year have a great time knowing they’ve made a difference in the community. We guarantee new volunteers will feel the same way.”

Volunteers must be 19 years old and have a valid driver’s license. They can be part of a road team of three or work behind the scenes answering phones at Operation Red Nose headquarters.

The process to apply for those who have volunteered with Operation Red Nose the last three years with a clear criminal record check has been streamlined.

When veteran volunteers apply online at www.ornpg.ca, the application will indicate whether or not they can forego the criminal record check screening.

They are asked to simply fill out their application online, print it off, sign it and drop it off with Karen at T & S Communications, 2276 Nicholson St. 

All new volunteers, or those who have less than three years experience with Operation Red Nose, must fill out the standard application that includes a criminal record check. They must print it out and take it, along with their driver’s license, to the RCMP’s main detachment on Victoria Street. Volunteers will then be called by the RCMP if they have cleared the Criminal Record Check. Volunteers must pick it up and drop it off with Karen at T & S Communications, 2276 Nicholson St. 

Entering its 21st season, the free, seasonal service, organized by the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako, in partnership with the RCMP and ICBC, allows party-goers to not only get themselves home safely, but their vehicles too. The service is available on nine nights during the holiday season to those who do not feel fit to drive.

The safe ride home service is by donation. Donations that Operation Red Nose receives from clients stay in Prince George and goes directly to local youth and amateur sport organizations.

On average, about 15 road teams of three will be on call each night of service, working from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.

In 2017, 838 safe rides home in nine nights were delivered in Prince George. In 2016, 872 rides in nine nights were delivered in Prince George, and 1,059 safe rides in 2015.