Designated Dawgs hits huge milestone

DD hits 75,000 rides

Happy Homecoming!

This has been a month of a lot of change for Designated Dawgs, but we have still been very busy! Since our last newsletter we have increased our grand total of rides to OVER 75,000! This is a huge milestone, and we are very grateful for all of the support that has gotten us to this point!

The Designated Dawgs team wants to express our appreciation to Gamma Sigma Sigma, UGA Camp Kesem, BYX, MEDLIFE at UGA, and the Black Affairs Council for sponsoring nights of operation this month! If you are interested in your organization sponsoring us, please contact Director of Outreach Cassandra Clayton, at

Since we no longer have office space in the Fred Building, we are headquartered in the CSO in the Tate Center for the time being. This is where we have been starting off the night by meeting, feeding, and training our volunteers before operations begin. We are still operating downtown outside the Fred Building for the time being. We are working hard to find a new space for our operations.

We have recently started a community-wide campaign searching for sponsorship from local businesses. If you or anyone you know are interested in becoming a sponsor, let us know! You can see our sponsorship packages on our website. We are extremely grateful that Papa John’s has offered to donate pizza free of charge for all of our volunteer nights! We couldn’t run without the help of the community, and we are thankful to receive such a generous donation.

We are happy to announce that applications for our Volunteer Leadership Council will be available on our website from November 13, 2013 to January 10, 2014. If you are interested in getting more involved with the operations of Designated Dawgs or are hoping to serve on our executive board, this is a great first step! Contact Annelise Wornat, our Director of Member Outreach if you have any questions.

We are operating two more weekends this year! As always, you can sign up to volunteer with us for any of those nights here

Cy Brown of the Red & Black wrote an editorial piece expressing his support for Designated Dawgs and our services a few weeks ago. Make sure you read it here!

Thanks for your continued support!
The Designated Dawgs Team


Designated Dawgs Needs Your Help!

          Over the past 11 years, Designated Dawgs has been proud to serve the community, providing a resource Athens and UGA desperately needs.  Designated Dawgs has provided over 74,000 rides, but we need your help to continue providing our commitment to the community.
          We are sad to announce that we will not be able to use our current office space in the Fred Building for much longer, as the owner will be repurposing the building. We are currently searching for inexpensive or donated office space in downtown Athens.  An office space in Downtown is crucial to our volunteer operations and ability to provide our service to the community.  Historically, our office space has been donated which has enabled us to devote our budget entirely to operations in order to maximize our services.  We receive no funding directly from the University of Georgia and are looking to the community to help us find a new home.  Please share this with others in the community and contact us at if you have any information that could assist us.
          Thank you for helping us continue to keep Athens safe!

Downtown’s Designated Dawgs

Check out this great story about Designated Dawgs from Grady Newsource Downtown’s Designated Dawgs By: Alexcia Fauscett and Cody Godwin Athens, Ga.– One campus organization at UGA is keeping people at this top party school safe after their nights out.  Designated Dawgs is a volunteer group that gives people who have been drinking free rides home. They run on the busiest downtown nights. “We operate on Thursday’s and Friday’s in the fall semester and Friday’s and Saturday’s in the spring.” says Executive Director Patrick Klibanoff. They have given over 70,000 rides since they started in 2002. “It’s easy to sign up to volunteer. We operate all year, and it’s fun,” Patrick says. “And it’s even better if you bring your friends because you get to hang out with them all night.” “We have both taken this home before, and so we just kind of thought it would be nice to give back to something we used,” new volunteer Stewart Crew says of himself and navigator Lacey Kincheloe. There are only a few simple rules that need to be followed when using Designated Dawgs. “First is please properly wear your seatbelt the entire ride. The second is please speak in a polite manner to all the people in the car. And number three, if you feel the need to relieve yourself in any manner please inform us immediately,” says Lacey. “No questions asked, no catch, no nothing. Just a free ride,” says Stewart. “My friends and I needed a safe ride home from downtown so we though it’d be a mature, good decision to make,” says UGA senior Bailey Davis on her use of Designated Dawgs. Designated Dawgs is located outside the Fred Building on College Avenue inbetween some of the most crowded bars in town. You can call or walk up to one of the tables to get a free and friendly ride home. Stewart and Lacey also clear up any misconceptions people may have. “We are not religious, we will not read you Bible verses, and we will not call the police on you if you happen to be underage,” they say. “This would be a no-brainer alternative to having a DUI,” says Bailey Davis.

2013 – 2014 Executive Board Applications

Designated Dawgs Inc.

102 Tate Center | Athens, GA | 30602


2013 – 2014 Executive Board Applications


Who we are:

Designated Dawgs is an incorporated, 501c3, licensed non-profit organization and member school of Safe Ride Program United.


Our Mission:

To make the city of Athens a safer place by providing University of Georgia students and others in need with a safe, free, nonjudgmental rides home.


Our History:

The concept of Designated Dawgs (originally Watch Dawgs) was developed by a University of Georgia student in 2000.  Designated Dawgs provided its first ride on January 11, 2001


Our Impact:

Since its start, Designated Dawgs has provided over 71,500 safe rides


When we operate:

We operate on Thursday and Friday evenings during the Fall semester and Friday and Saturday evenings during the Spring semester.  We operate about 12 weeks a semester.  Operations start each evening at 10 p.m. and run until 3 a.m.


Where we operate:

Designated Dawgs runs operations from our office space on the 4th floor of The Fred Building at 220 College Avenue in Downtown Athens, GA. We typically operate four – five SUVs or mini-vans what we rent from Enterprise.


Our affiliation with the University of Georgia:

Designated Dawgs operates and receives all of our funding independently from the University of Georgia.  We are an official, registered student organization with the UGA Center for Student Organizations.  We are also a member organization of Volunteer UGA.



We receive all of our funding through grants, donations and sponsorships from businesses and associations in the community.  We operate with a budget of $25,000 – $30,000.


Who we serve:

We serve both students and any other individuals in the community that need our services.



Anyone can sign up and volunteer with Designated Dawgs.  There are volunteer opportunities for individuals ages 18+





2013 – 2014 Executive Board Positions Available:

Executive Director: The Executive Director is the leader of the organization, and therefore sets the tone for the organization.  He or she must do what is necessary to not only lead the organization, but ensure its success. He or she will be in charge of overseeing the entire organization, finance, communications and operations departments.


Operations Department

Vice President of Operations: The Vice President of Operations oversees the entire operational aspect of Designated Dawgs.  The Vice President of Operations coordinates all activities relating to volunteer operations including working with Enterprise Rental, facilitating volunteer training, planning/scheduling volunteer operations and working with other aspects relating to weekend operations.


Director of Risk Management: It is the responsibility of the Director of Risk Management to ensure that Designated Dawgs is operating at the highest level of safety possible and minimizing any changes of liability. The Director of Risk Management should be able to answer any questions concerning operational procedures, liability and insurance.


Director of Community Relationships and Sponsors: The Director of Sponsor Relations must work hard to ensure that we maintain healthy relationships with our current sponsors and that we continue to look for additional sponsorships in the future.  The Director of Sponsors Relations must be an effective communicator and excellent listener.  It is important that our relationships with sponsors are secure.


Director of Member Relations: The Director of Member Relations must pay close attention to Designated Dawgs’ members: helping with training them conscientiously, fostering their growth, encouraging morale, holding them accountable for their actions and providing them with chances to get to know each other better.


Finance Department

Vice President of Finance: The finance department controls and reviews all cash flows within the monetary activity of the Designated Dawgs. The department must keep up with overall budget, pay the bills, review other department budgets, and keep controls of Designated Dawgs’ spending. The Vice President of Finance will also fill the role of legal secretary, as needed.


Director of Fundraising: The Director of Fundraising raises money by bringing together Designated Dawgs supporters for events and other fundraising efforts.  Creativity is a key component in the duties of a Director of Fundraising.


Accountant: The Accountant has the responsibility of making sure all financial information is properly recorded and accurate.


Communications Department

Vice President of Communications: The Vice President of Communications’ duty is to craft and present the image and reputation of Designated Dawgs to the public. The Vice President of Communications will maintain all contact between the organization, the public, and the media by working with other members of the communications department. He or she must aid the Executive Board members in their efforts of communication, efficiency and planning.


Director of Public Relations: The Director of Public Relations is in charge of distributing Designated Dawgs information quickly and efficiently.  He or she will work with the Historian/Webmaster to maintain the presence of the organization on the internet, allowing possible sponsors and other constituencies to communicate with Designated Dawgs electronically, as well as improving abilities to communicate with Designated Dawgs’ members.


Webmaster and Historian: The Webmaster and Historian will maintain online presence for Designated Dawgs in addition to helping archive and save the history of the organization.  The Historian and Webmaster will assist other departments updating important information that needs to be included online.


Director of Outreach: The Director of Outreach is responsible for serving as the representative of Designated Dawgs in all areas of Student Life as well as serving as the Volunteer UGA Liaison.  The Director of Outreach should maintain strong relationships and rapport with other student organizations, campus departments, administration and other member schools of Safe Ride Program United.


Health Promotions Coordinator: The Health Promotions coordinator is responsible for working with the Health Center and other resources to make sure Designated Dawgs has accurate information concerning alcohol health and safety.


Applications are due Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by 11:59 a.m. Applications can be found at

Safe ride conference brings new possibilities for Designated Dawgs

Check out this article written about Designated Dawgs hosting the Safe Ride Program Conference from the Red & Black newspaper:

Safe ride conference brings new possibilities for Designated Dawgs | Stephen Mays | 2/2/2013

The annual Safe Ride Program United Conference will be hosted by Designated Dawgs in Athens Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2013, according to a University of Georgia press release.

Designated Dawgs is the UGA student organization dedicated to giving students and members of the Athens community a safe, free drive home without judgment.

SRPU serves as a centralized union for safe ride programs at different universities across the country, giving those groups a support system and information source.

The conference itself will be comprised of representatives from approximately 10 universities, with three to four student representatives from each university.

“It’s a great way for us to see different membership structures,” said Patrick Klibanoff, executive director of Designated Dawgs.

Klibanoff also said seeing the different ways the other organizations handle the logistics of a safe ride program is extremely helpful.

Caring Aggies R Protecting Over Our Lives, Texas A&M University’s safe ride program, will be one  group the Designated Dawgs team can take notes from at the conference.

CARPOOL proudly calls itself the first student run safe ride program in the country, said Colby Jackson, director of expansion for CARPOOL.

Founded in 1999, CARPOOL has safely taken over 200,000 students as of the spring 2012 semester with its 300 members that cycle duty throughout their Thursday to Saturday weekends.

“One ride is one possible life saved,” said Jackson.

Along with its primary organization members, Designated Dawgs welcomes volunteers to assist in getting students home and provides insured cars to do so.

In order to drive a car ushering people home, a volunteer must be 21 years old. Those under 21 can be navigators who help the driver find the residences, allowing them to focus more on the road.

“Our main goal is to get people home,” said Klibanoff.

Some of the biggest challenges Designated Dawgs has faced, Klibanoff said, is building awareness amongst students, ensuring that students feel comfortable approaching the group for help and finding enough volunteers to get students home.

CARPOOL too faced problems spreading awareness in the beginning, but Jackson said minimizing the group’s legal risk was their top bump along the way.

With downtown Athens heavily populated by bars, one might think the volunteers of Designated Dawgs would have their hands full.

“Everyone was excited to get a free ride home and not have to walk in the cold,” said Megan Wood, a sophomore student who volunteered one night with Designated Dawgs during the fall 2012 semester.

Wood, who served as a navigator, said she and her driver took approximately 30 students home that night and all of them were appreciative and nice.