American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter announced that it will suspend the operations of the Safe Ride Program effective September 5, 2012, despite numerous attempts to identify a viable alternative for continuing the program.
A decrease in financial support of the Silicon Valley Chapter has made it difficult to effectively and consistently run the Safe Ride program. In order to continue to be a premier disaster preparedness and response agency in Silicon Valley, the American Red Cross must focus its limited resources on community and youth programs that are more closely aligned with and fulfill its core mission.
“We are proud to have partnered with teams from nine extraordinary high schools who worked tirelessly to support the Safe Ride program over the 27 years. It remains our hope to transfer responsibility to another agency whose mission more closely aligns with Safe Ride.” stated Barb Larkin, CEO of American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter. “We will continue partnering with these schools through our Red Cross youth engagement and volunteer opportunities including their Red Cross clubs, youth courses and events.”
Safe Ride was created by Palo Alto and Gunn High School students in 1984 after a tragic alcohol-related collision involving students from both of those schools. Safe Ride has been providing a safe ride home for high school students for the past 27 years. Safe Ride operated in North Santa Clara and South San Mateo Counties on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. during the academic year.
About the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter
The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at www.redcross.org/siliconvalley or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.