Operation Red Nose will hit the streets for the holiday season this upcoming Friday, but they're still searching for volunteers to fill shifts.
Red Nose Winnipeg coordinator Randy Clark says they currently have around 250 volunteers registered.
"There is over 800 shifts that need to be filled in total," Clark said. "If everyone we have now does one shift that's not enough. If everyone does two that's borderline, so we are always looking for volunteers."
Clark understands that people may not want to give up their Friday or Saturday nights during the holiday season, but says volunteers are only obligated to work one shift each.
"That's all we're asking for is one night," Clark said. "They come down around 7-o-clock in the evening, then we feed them, then we train them and then they hit the streets at 9-o-clock and are usually out until 3-o-clock in the morning, depending on how many people call."
Operation Red Nose's services run every Friday and Saturday during the holiday season as well as the 30th and 31st of December. This year's program starts on Nov. 24.
Volunteers work in teams of three. One person is an escort driver that moves the team around, a second person is the designated driver who takes the client's car home, and the third person is a navigator who helps the designated driver find people's homes.
Clark says in addition to Winnipeg, Operation Red Nose also runs in La Broquerie/Steinbach, Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson, Gimli and Shilo.
The cost of a ride with Operation Red Nose is free but clients can make donations to youth sports if they want. Prospective clients can book rides from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am on the days Red Nose operates by calling 204-947-6673.
People who are interested in volunteering can do so online at rednosewpg.ca. Clark says all volunteers will be subject to a criminal record check.
The exact dates Red Nose will be operating this year are November 24th and 25th and December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 30th and 31st.