At the end of last month, three of our Exec board members, Charlotte, Ali, and Catherine, had the privilege of attending the Safe Ride Programs United (SRPU) Conference at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. They got to meet and collaborate with over a dozen other safe ride programs from colleges across the nation, and learned a lot about how to improve our organization. Their new knowledge and ideas will help us have our best semester of operations yet.
Despite some crazy weather, we had a great start to the school year this month with 317 rides. Thank you to Alpha Phi Omega for sponsoring an entire weekend of operations; we appreciate your dedication to our organization. However, we are just getting started: we still need volunteers for the rest of the semester!! If you’re interested, sign up here: goo.gl/Vk9tFl
We thank all of our volunteers and riders for making Designated Dawgs possible! Go Dawgs!
Thank you so much to our Volunteers on Thursday, February 12th. We gave 70 rides!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 www.UGADesignatedDawgs.com
Congrats to Hannah Lani, Anna Carmichael, Annelise Wornat, William Gaston, Leigh Borkowski, and Travis Welch on becoming the new members of the Volunteer Leadership Council.
Designated Dawgs Volunteer Leadership Council:
- The goal of the Designated Dawgs Volunteer Leadership Council is to provide immersive volunteer and leadership opportunities for interested students.
- Members will:
- Be expected to volunteer 3 nights a semester
- Have the opportunity to join the Communications, Operations or Finance Committee
- Receive a Designated Dawgs t-shirt
- Gain valuable insight into the organization and leadership experience
- Learn valuable skills to build a strong resume
- Apply for future positions with the Designated Dawgs Executive Board
- Make a positive difference in the community
- Have fun!
- Applications are due February 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM. If you have questions, there will be an info session in the Creswell TV room on February 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM.
- You can find the application here. http://tinyurl.com/DDLeadershipApp
Operation for Spring 2013
1st Weekend of Operations: 1/25-1/26
2nd Weekend of Operations: 2/1-2/2
3rd Weekend of Operations: 2/8-2/9
4th Weekend of Operations: 2/15-2/16
5th Weekend of Operations: 2/22-2/23
6th Weekend of Operations: 3/1-3/2
7th Weekend of Operations: 3/22-3/23
8th Weekend of Operations: 3/29-3/30
9th Weekend of Operations: 4/5-4/6
10th Weekend of Operations: 4/12-4/13
11th Weekend of Operations: Rider Appreciation 4/19-4/20