Red Nose Quinte



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Operation Red Nose

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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 of Operation Red Nose
in Bellville and Quinte Region

1997 - Operation Red Nose Quinte was formed in Belleville Over 500 trips.
1998 - Operation Red Nose Quinte made over 600 trips.
1999 - The number of trips by Operation Red Nose Quinte exceeded 750.
2000-2003Did Not Operate
2004 - Operation Red Nose Quinte was revived making 266 trips seeing 526 people home safely in its first year. Our volunteers gave a total of 308 nights and 2,232 km were driven. A donation of $5,353.54 was made to the YMCA of Belleville.
2005 - 481 trips, 1,024 people taken home safely, 5,002 km driven, 343 volunteer nights. $2,212.50 went to The Rotary Club of Quinte - Sunrise for Camp Trillium and $7,105.75 to YMCA of Belleville.
2006 – 540 trips, 1,868 taken home safely, 6602 km driven, 505 volunteer nights.
2007 – 623 volunteer nights 2,198 people received safe rides home. This is a 30% increase in trips over last year. In total we drove 31,954 km. This year we contributed $25,000 total to Camp Trillium and the YMCA in Belleville
2008 - 200 volunteers, 602 volunteer nights. 2,072 people received safe rides home, 31,822 km driven. This year we contributed $24,022.26 in total donated to Camp Trillium and the YMCA in Belleville
2009 - 320 volunteers, 728 volunteer nights, 3,052 people received safe rides home. We drove 46,719 km and contributed $34,026.42 to Camp Trillium and the YMCA in Belleville.
2010 - 359 volunteers, 728 volunteer nights, 1,623 trips, 3,222 people received safe rides home and 49,445 km driven. We contributed $38,476 in total to Camp Trillium and the YMCA in Belleville & Quinte West.
2011 - 360 volunteers, 822 volunteer nights, 3,222 people taken home safely and 48,185 km driven. A total of $39,317.51 donatedl to Camp Trillium and the YMCA in Belleville & Quinte West.
2012 - 307 volunteers, 851 volunteer nights, 3,397 people received safe rides home and a total 47,319 km driven. This year’s campaign generated a total donation of $40,816.33 to Camp Trillium and the YMCA in Belleville & Quinte West.
2013 - 335 volunteers, 950 volunteer nights, 1,782 people taken home safely and 32,117 km driven. A Donation of $40,420 in total to Camp Trillium and the YMCA in Belleville & Quinte West.
2014 – 312 volunteers, 900 volunteer nights 2,601 people driven home safely, 39,598 km driven.. A Donation of $41,000 in total to Camp Trillium and the YMCA in Belleville & Quinte West.
2015 – 225 volunteers, 739 volunteer nights, 2,599 people taken home safely and 41,500 km driven. A Donation of $41,560 in total to Camp Trillium and the YMCA in Belleville & Quinte West.
2016 – 230 volunteers, 890 volunteer nights, 2,936 people taken home safely and 43,870 km driven. A Donation of $42,000 in total to Camp Trillium and the YMCA in Belleville & Quinte West.
2017 -

The YMCA of Central East Ontario, Belleville and City of Quinte West Branches are pleased to be the Host Organization for Operation Red Nose

The YMCA of Central East Ontario is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. We are committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community. Our Vision: Strong Kids, Healthy Families, Inclusive Communities.

Our Impact: Our YMCA is committed to strengthening the foundations of community by:
• nurturing the potential of children, teens and young adults
• promoting healthy lifestyle
• fostering social responsibility
• delivering lasting personal and social change

Our Values:
Caring
We commit to building relationships and demonstrate compassion towards others.
Honesty
We practice and promote integrity and trustworthiness.
Respect
We treat all persons with dignity and acceptance.
Responsibility
We keep our promise and do what we believe is right.
Inclusiveness
We welcome everyone and foster a sense of belonging.


All funds received through Operation Red Nose go towards the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign - an annual fundraising campaign focused on raising much needed resources to give kids the opportunities they need to live healthier, happier lives, today and in the future. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to belong regardless of their financial situation and we are committed to removing financial barriers through our Strong Kids and financial assistance program.

Each year, the needs of the community grow. In 2017 we provided over $698,290 worth of subsidy that allowed us to support hundreds of children and families in the Belleville and Quinte regions with memberships and day camp opportunities. With your help, we will be able to continue to support the many families that walk through our doors.

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.

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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