- Published on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 01:00
- Written by Town Crier Report
The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter plans to suspend its Safe Ride Program effective Sept. 5 due to a lack of funds.
A decrease in financial support for the chapter has made it difficult to effectively and consistently run the Safe Ride Program, according to Red Cross officials, who have chosen to focus limited resources on community and youth programs that are more closely aligned with and fulfill its core mission. Numerous attempts to identify a viable alternative for continuing the program have failed, officials said.
Safe Ride was created by students at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools in 1984 after a fatal alcohol-related collision involving students from both schools. Safe Ride provides rides home for high school students, operating 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends in north Santa Clara and south San Mateo counties during the academic year.
“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,” said Barb Larkin, CEO of American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter. “It remains our hope to transfer responsibility to another agency whose mission more closely aligns with Safe Ride.”
Larkin added that her Red Cross chapter “will continue partnering with these schools through our Red Cross youth engagement and volunteer opportunities including their Red Cross clubs, youth courses and events.”
The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization that depends on the contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs to help the community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
For more information, call (877) 727-6771 or visit www.siliconvalley-redcross.org.