Red Nose Quinte



Operation
Red Nose Quinte

Last call before you hit the road! Call a friend, a cab or
Operation Red Nose

2018 Launch

Saturday, November 10th, 10am
New Red Nose Hall,
The Avaya Building at 150 Sidney Street.

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Operation Red Nose?

Say you're heading out to celebrate the holiday season on a cold December weekend. Maybe you plan on having a few drinks or on staying out ‘till the sun comes up. The thing is, you're also planning on bringing your vehicle. So if you do have those drinks or start falling asleep on your feet, do you have a plan for getting home - without getting behind the wheel and endangering people?

Why not plan on calling Operation Red Nose?

Operation Red Nose is a unique December-only designated driver program that operates for free. When you call your local Operation Red Nose headquarters, a three-person Driving Team will be dispatched to pick up you, your passengers AND your car. You and your fellow passengers will be driven to your destination in your vehicle and followed by an Operation Red Nose Escort. You can even call more than once during the same evening.Everyone gets home safely and your vehicle will be there waiting for you in the morning, all free of charge...although donations are accepted and all proceeds will go toward supporting local programs.So keep the snowy streets a little safer and give some kids a shot at sports, all with a single call!

Where did the name Operation Red Nose come from?

While you might think it's all about Rudolph, Operation Red Nose actually takes its name from an annual winter military exercise practiced by the Canadian Armed Forces in Quebec! The exercise was named Operation Red Nose because the cold weather resulted in a lot of red noses. However, the name was a perfect fit for the province's newly developed designated driver program, and the Canadian Armed Forced gave their permission to use it.

Can anyone call Operation Red Nose?

Operation Red Nose isn't a taxi service. It's a unique program that gets both vehicles and drivers home safely. So while anyone can call, you must have a vehicle in order to get a ride. You also need to wear seat belts so if you have more passengers than seat belts, someone will be staying behind.

How many volunteers does Operation Red Nose need to operate?

It's a case of, “the more, the merrier.” We have a dedicated group of 300 – 350 fantastic volunteers who help keep Operation Red Nose running. However, it's a popular program. The more people that call for rides, the more help we can use to make sure no one is kept waiting for long. If you have an evening to spare and a valid driver's license, we'd love to have you on our team!

What does Operation Red Nose charge for rides?

In a word: nothing. Operation Red Nose Sponsors cover the program's basic operating costs and our many generous volunteers donate their time. However, donations are definitely accepted, and all proceeds go toward supporting programs in the Quinte area.What does Operation Red

Is the service confidential?

Absolutely! All volunteers sign a form agreeing not to provide any information that might be used to identify a client, their passengers or their addresses. So don't let worries about discretion drive you away.

History

1997 - Operation Red Nose Quinte was formed in Belleville Over 500 trips were made taking many people home safely.
1998 - Operation Red Nose Quinte made over 600 trips. A 20% increase over previous year.
1999 - The number of trips by Operation Red Nose Quinte exceeded 750. A 25% increase.
2003 – Due to a lack of volunteers Operation Red Nose Quinte rested till 2003 when an attempt was to revive the program, but was not successful.
2004 - Operation Red Nose Quinte was revived making 266 trips seeing 526 people home safely. This was accomplished with volunteers giving up a total of 308 nights. 2,232 km were clocked on the client vehicles. A donation of $5,353.54 was made to the Family YMCA of Belleville.
2005 - Operation Red Nose Quinte made 481 trips ( an increase of 80% ) seeing 1,024 people home safely. 5,002 km were clocked on the client vehicles. Volunteers gave up 343 volunteer nights and donations of $2,212.50 went to The Rotary Club of Quinte - Sunrise on behalf of Camp Trillium and $7,105.75 to Family YMCA of Belleville.
2006 - The entire Red Nose Team of over 165 volunteers would like to express our appreciation for your generous support of the 2006 campaign. This group contributed a total of 505 nights and ensured that 1868 people received safe rides home. The numbers above reflect an 82% increase in successful trips.
2007 – Red Nose and our Team of over 200 volunteers would like to express our appreciation for your generous support of the 2007 campaign. We had 85 Sponsors. We contributed 623 volunteer nights 2,198 people received safe rides home. This is a 30% increase in trips over last year. And a 129% increase in the past two years. In total we drove 31,954 km. This year we contributed $25,000 to youth charity. 32% higher than last year’s total
2008 - Operation Red Nose and the Community Thank You for Your Effort and Support…The entire Red Nose Team of over 200 volunteers would like to express our appreciation for your generous support of the 2008 campaign. We had 97 Sponsor. We contributed 602 volunteer nights. 2,072 people received safe rides home which is an 18% increase in nightly trips over last year. And a 39% increase in the past two years. In total we drove 31,822 km. This year we contributed $24,022.26 to youth charity. Thank you all…………..
2009 - The entire Red Nose Team of over 320 volunteers would like to express our appreciation for your generous support of the 2009 campaign. We had 98 Sponsors. We contributed 728 volunteer nights and 3,052 people received safe rides home. Which is a 47% increase in nightly trips over last year. In total we drove 46,719 km. This year we contributed $34,026.42 to youth charity
2010 - The entire Red Nose Team of over 359 volunteers would like to express our appreciation for your ongoing support. We had 130 Sponsors. We contributed 728 volunteer nights. We made 1,623 trips and 3,222 people received safe rides home. This is another increase in nightly trips over previous year. In total we drove 49,445 km. This year we contributed $38,476 to youth charity
2011 - In 2011 over 360 volunteers at Operation Red Nose Quinte gave up a total of 822 nights, to safely drive 3,222 clients – 48,185 km. This reflects a tremendous increase in the acceptance and success of this great program. A Donation of $39,317.51 was split between the YMCA of Belleville and Quinte’s Healthy Tomorrows Youth Program and Camp Trillium.
2012 - The entire Red Nose Team of over 307 volunteers would like to express our appreciation for your generous support of the 2012 campaign. This group contributed a total of 851 volunteer nights and ensured that 3,397 people received safe rides home. In total we drove 47,319 km. This year’s campaign generated a total donation of $40,816.33 which has been split 75/25 between the YMCA and Camp Trillium.
2013 - Last year over 335 volunteers at Operation Red Nose Quinte gave up a total of 950 nights, to safely drive 1,782 clients – 32,117 km. A Donation of $40,420 was split between the YMCA of Belleville and Quinte’s Healthy Tomorrows Youth Program and Camp Trillium.
2014 -In 2014 over 900 volunteer nights were dedicated by 312 local caring people to safely driving 2,601 clients – 39,598 km. There was a total of 316 trips. A Donation of $41,000 was split between the YMCA of Belleville and Quinte’s Healthy Tomorrows Youth Program and Camp Trillium.
2015 -Over 739 volunteer nights were dedicated by 225 local caring people to safely driving 2,599 clients – more than 41,500 km. There was a total of 1,385 trips. A Donation of $41,560 was split between the YMCA of Belleville and Quinte’s Healthy Tomorrows Youth Program and Camp Trillium.
2016 -Over 890 volunteer nights were dedicated by 230 local caring people to safely driving 2,936 clients – 43,870 km. There was a total of 1,410 trips. A Donation of $42,000 was split between the YMCA of Belleville and Quinte’s Healthy Tomorrows Youth Program and Camp Trillium.

The YMCA of Belleville & Quinte

The YMCA of Belleville & Quinte is pleased to be the Host Organization for Operation Red Nose. The funds received go towards the YMCA Annual Giving/Financial Assistance Program. Our Annual Giving Program raises funds to provide financial assistance to individuals and families in need who want to participate in a YMCA program or service.

The Annual Giving Campaign has been operating for five years in the Belleville and Quinte Region with leadership in the Chairs role being taken on by individuals in our community including Angie McConkey. Boyd Sullivan. Marilyn McDougall and Bill Yeotes. Jennifer Tretena of Scotia McLeod will be Chairing 2007 Campaign.. Included in ensuring the program is a success and recognizing its importance to serving the community as a whole people such as Mary Hanley, Bernie Ouelett, Anne Leverton, Wolf Tausendfreund, Liz Mayer and Gord McIntyre have either sat on our committee andlor raised funds for this program.

There are many Individuals, Business Institutions and Corporations such as RBC Financial, CIBC, Halla Climate Control, McDougall Insurance and the Hanley Corporation, these and many others have all been consistent supporters of the YMCA's Financial Assistance and Annual Giving Program. Every year the Y provides financial assistance to families and children in need and every year the amount provided has grown significantly. This program allows the YMCA to offset the cost of the actual program for those in need.

By the end of July 06 (the first seven months of this year). the YMCA had provided over $92.549 for membership assistance and over $6000 for our summer day camp program. Our forecast to the end of the year in total financial assistance provided to the community for membership and day camp will around $200.000, $60,000 of this is raised through Annual Giving and we receive $60.000 from the United Way. There is a gap of approximately $80.000 between the actual amount of assistance provided and the financial resources available to off-set the cost. Every dollar raised through Annual Giving and received from Red Nose goes towards YMCA Financial Assistance.

Volunteers are the backbone of any group and Operation Red Nose is no different. Without them there would not be this service. The organizers also give their time throughout the year, fundraising (thanks to the sponsors), arranging to get food and drink for the volunteers (thanks to all who donated), and having the advertising prepared and delivered.

Thanks to Laval University, Ontario Safety League, Canada's home, car and business insurance companies, Belleville Police Department, Quinte Broadcasting, The Intelligences, and CAW for supporting this program.

This would not be possible without your support. Red Nose is a free service and therefore cannot rely on donations received from those receiving a ride. In fact, along with 100% of donated funds, we are obligated to contribute 25% of all sponsorship money to the local host organizations being the YMCA and Camp Trillium.

Dates of Operation



Pick Up Locations


"All rides must start or end in Belleville or Trenton"

To access the service, dial between 9pm-3am
(613) 962-4334

A team of 3 Red Nose volunteers will pick you up and drive you in your own vehicle
to the destination of your choice, for free.

Volunteer Now!

Registering is easy! Just click on the link to take you to our online registration form...


Want to register in person? Check back for available dates

NOTE: Location only supported during Registration Dates and Ride Nights

Volunteer Duties

Title Description Qualifications
Escort DriverEscorts the driver and navigator to and from each client destination Must have a vehicle to do the escortingMust be 19 years of age or older Must have valid driver’s license Must have valid / current automobile insurance Must carry license and insurance with them while volunteering
DriverDrives the client’s vehicle. Checks with the client to see insurance documentation. Ensures vehicle is cleared of snow/ice and is fit for drivingMust be 21 years of age or older Must have valid driver’s license Must carry license and insurance with them while volunteering
NavigatorRides with the Driver in the client's vehicle. Communicates with the Dispatcher by radio or cell phone to coordinate the next pick-up location or to report any incidents. Completes the Telephone/Dispatch Forms; recording times, kilometers traveled, number of passengers, amount of donations, etc. Submits documentation& donations to Cashier/Office Manager nightlyMust be 19 years of age or older Must be personable in dealing with clients
Welcome Desk - GreeterRegisters volunteers as they arrive -sign in and draws. Explains office layout and practices. Directs volunteers to the Office Manager as needed. Assists Red Nose Chair with Team set up as required.Must be 19 Years of age or older Must be personable and friendly with volunteers Note: Usually only works the earlier part of the evening and may leave once all teams have arrived
Kitchen/Food CoordinatorPicks up food items, drinks & snacks. Makes coffee, tea and picks up the meal as provided. Keeps kitchen, food serving tables and volunteer tables neat & tidy. Stocks fridges with drinks & water Puts out snacks & food for volunteers Manages garbage & recycle bins. Reports to the Treasurer or Office Manager for funds as required.Must be 19 years of age or older Must be personable and friendly with volunteers Note: Usually only works the earlier part of the evening and may leave after meal is set out – usually around 11 p.m.
Telephone OperatorReceives calls from clients. Completes Telephone/Dispatch Forms. Retrieves messages off voicemail Calls back clients when required Communicates with Runner as requiredMust be 19 years of age or older Must be personable and friendly with clients Must be able to ask pertinent questions Must to able to work in a fastpaced environment
CashierAccepts donations from Teams Ensures paperwork from Teams is correct Matches up transportation forms with dispatch forms Assist with nightly bank deposit & nightly statsMust be 19 years of age or older Must be personable and friendly with volunteers Shift start is 9 p.m. at the earliest. Majority of the activity is once the Teams return to Headquarters at the end of the evening. Could be as late as 4 a.m.
Ticket/Promo Items SellerSell 50/50 tickets Sell promotional items – hats, other clothing Sell trip guessing tickets Perform nightly drawsMust be 19 years of age or older Must be personable and friendly with volunteers
Nightly Operating Support PersonOrganize HQ prior to start of evening Organize tables & chairs Organize & place radios for easy access Organize Team kits & vests with radios Ensure that Team kits are ready for the next operating nightMust be 19 years of age or older Must be personable and friendly with volunteers

Contact Us!

t: (613) 962-4334

web: www.rednosequinte.com

email: info@rednosequinte.com
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