A volunteer-run free ride service is marking 23 years of getting Winnipeggers home safely during the holiday season.
Operation Red Nose will be launching on Nov. 30, and they're looking for volunteers to fill their shifts.
"We're operating every Friday and Saturday through the month of December, plus New Year's Eve," Operation Red Nose Winnipeg coordinator Randy Clark said. "A volunteer applies online and when they do that, we do a criminal records check, and once that is complete we'll give them access to our calendar and they can decide when they want to work."
"They can work one night or all nights, it's up to them."
Clark says volunteers go out in teams of three and typically start their shifts around 7:00-7:30 p.m. Crews hit the road around 9 p.m. when Red Nose's phones open and work until every caller is home safe, which Clark says is typically between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m.
"It's a little scary for some people because they look at that time and go 'what?'", Clark said. "But what we're doing is trying to make sure people who don't think ahead can call us and let us be their way of getting them home."
"Some people prepare and have a designated driver or decide to stay somewhere but we want to be available for people who don't have that."
Clark says he hopes people will come out in large numbers to volunteer this year.
"It's very important to our communities," he said. "We're talking about our relatives, our neighbours and co-workers. They might not be the people who are out there driving impaired but they could be impacted by someone who is driving impaired."
You can sign up for Red Nose Winnipeg by visiting rednosewpg.ca. In Manitoba, Red Nose also operates in Brandon, Flin Flon, Gimli, La Broquerie-Steinbach, Portage la Prairie, Saint Malo, Selkirk, Shilo, The Pas and Thompson.
To register in those areas, visit safetyservicesmanitoba.ca.