SafeRides honors four volunteers
Updated 6:13 am, Thursday, June 18, 2015
SafeRides, the student-run service that provides Westport teenagers with free, confidential rides home on Saturday nights, has honored four volunteers.
Founded in 2009 as a way to reduce driving after drinking, SafeRides depends on Staples High School volunteers to staff a dispatch center that teens can call for rides home on most Saturday nights during the academic year. The service is suspended during school vacation and for some holidays.
Four volunteers were recently cited by the SafeRides board among the program’s 160 student volunteers:
Anna Daytz was presented the Junior Gem award, given to the 11th-grader who has volunteered for the most Saturday nights and/or worked on nights difficult to staff, such as prom nights,
Nadav Friedman was presented the Senior Savior award, given to the 12th-grader who has volunteered for the most Saturday nights and/or worked on nights difficult to staff.
Junior Rachel Morrison and senior Sarah Herbsman were presented the Executive Board MVP awards, given to the 11th- and 12th-graders who have devoted the most time to training, organizing and volunteering for the executive board, which includes five adults and 13 students.
SafeRides is based in Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s Mackenzie House in space donated by the church.