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Review for RightRides For Women's Safety Inc, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

RightRides has always embodied amazing direct service organization to me. I first heard about the RightRides program when it launched five years ago, when volunteers had to use their own cars and RightRides only went to Lower Manhattan, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg. RightRides now serves 45 NYC neighborhoods in 4 boroughs, on Friday and Saturday night. Women, LGBTQ and genderqueer folks are all eligible for a safe ride home. In these tough economic times, less and less people can afford safe passage home, and more and more people are out working late. RightRides has grown exponentially, and really needs more volunteers to handle the number of ride requests RightRides receives every weekend. As a volunteer, I've met amazing, fun, and interesting people-- other volunteers and riders/clients both. Driving around and picking up people who just want to get home safely late at night gives me an amazing feeling of making the world a better place, one person at a time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being driven home from Park Slope to the East Village with a male friend who was in drag late on a Friday night, when neither of us had funds to take another taxi, and my friend wasn't exactly dressed conservatively, if you will.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

recruit more volunteers! RightRides definitely needs more committed volunteers to be drivers, navigators, and dispatchers on Friday and Saturday nights.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling of getting people home safely in a city as big and crazy as New York City.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

engaged, intelligent, fun, compassionate, personable, and giving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the way each of us experiences privilege, safety, and our community.

Ways to make it better...

we had more volunteers signing up for more shifts.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

growing the volunteer base with the demand. Oh, and ending sexual assault and gender based violence. Now THAT'S a big challenge.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & volunteer coordinator, driving team & dispatching volunteer, client.