October 5, 2010
By Kayla Green
RamRide, Colorado State University's safe ride program, is a great program to get involved in. Students can volunteer for any number of positions Thursdays through Saturdays.
Volunteers can do a variety of jobs within RamRide, including Dispatch, Navigator, and Driver.
RamRide originally began nearly six years ago after the Associated Students of Colorado State University created and modeled it after Texas A&M's CARPOOL program. Since then, RamRide has become one of the three largest safe ride programs in the nation - and all the credit goes to students.
RamRide prides itself on providing safe, nonjudgmental rides home for CSU students. In order to maintain this position, RamRide is completely operated by students and will not ask for the age of the rider or the reason for needing a ride.
During the semester, rides are offered:
RamRide does not operate during school holidays or the summer. To request a ride, call (970) 491-3333.
RamRide is one of the three largest safe ride programs in the nation. Last spring, RamRide celebrated it's 100,000th ride.
According to Associate Director of Asset Management Courtney Norman, RamRide has an increasing need for volunteers. This is primarily due to the fact that RamRide has been granted up to 20 cars for use during the weekends; however, they rarely have enough volunteers for more than 13 cars to be running.
"We have a really hard time getting people to dispatch," said Norman.
On any given night, RamRide is looking for four people to answer phones, two operators to run the dispatch computer system, and up to 40 additional volunteers to drive and navigate. If RamRide were to work at its volunteer capacity, there would be more rides and shorter wait times for callers.
"RamRide is a very unique experience for a lot of people. We pride ourselves on a nonjudgmental ride, keep a lot of drunk drivers off the streets, and would like people to know we're benefitting the community and know what they're doing for the community," said Norman. "It's a wonderful program."
RamRide will be celebrating its sixth birthday this month.
Depending on the position that you are applying for, you will need to take into consideration the specific requirements for that position.
These requirements are to be renewed each night you volunteer.
According to Norman, RamRide is always looking for assistant volunteers to help with the program. This would include taking on a larger commitment than picking a night to volunteer. Assistant volunteers typically:
Assistant volunteers generally get to see a more in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at everything that RamRide does. If interested, students should contact RamRide.