SAFE RIDE FOUNDATION

Creating Viable Solutions to Impaired Driving in Frederick County MD and Parts Beyond.

aka SOS Safe Ride   |   Frederick, MD   |  www.saferidefoundation.org

Mission

The Safe Ride Foundation is Frederick County, Maryland's sole anti-drunk driving nonprofit organization. Our mission is to create a culture in Frederick County where we can invalidate any and every excuse to operate a vehicle while intoxicated.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Wayne Dorsey

Main address

122 E Patrick St #114

Frederick, MD 21701 USA

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EIN

47-5275143

NTEE code info

Safety Education (M40)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Impaired Driving

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOS Safe Ride

"S.O.S. Safe Ride” is our on-demand designated driving program that transports impaired Frederick citizens back to their homes. What makes our program very unique to other transportation services like taxi cabs, mobile apps, shuttles, and other services of that nature, is that our program will transport the person home in their own vehicle. Yes, that’s correct, our program will drive them home in their own vehicle! This creates a direct solution to the problem by ensuring that the person not only has their vehicle in their driveway in the morning for work/classes/etc, but also guarantees that they will not drink and drive, they will not be arrested for a DUI, and above all that they will not endanger themselves or others by getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Steered Straight is the DUI offender rehabilitation of the The Safe Ride Foundation.

Through community service and behavioral health research, our aim is simple: "turn drunk drivers back into safe drivers". In collaboration with local law enforcement and courts, this six-week program gets to the heart of a DUI offender's crime, investigating if the offense was due to poor decision making, or moreover the offender's relationship with substances and alcohol.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

The Safe Ride Foundation Angel Fund provides victim relief services to those who have been affected by drunk driving in Frederick County.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of DUI's Prevented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Adults, Substance abusers

Related Program

SOS Safe Ride

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 and 2021 were the year of the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

Free Breathalyzer Tests Administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers, Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

SOS Safe Ride

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average Rides Per Week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SOS Safe Ride

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 was the year of the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

Miles Traveled Transporting Intoxicated Citizens Home

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

SOS Safe Ride

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Miles Traveled by SOS Safe Ride Volunteers

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SOS Safe Ride

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteer Hours

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our charity's number one mission is simple: Keeping drunken citizens off the roads, by not just simply telling them, but by providing a safe, viable, and extremely convenient solution to their problem.

We aim to implement and replicate programs that will not only provide our public with the education on the dangers of intoxicated driving, but also a faithful and reliable alternative to those dangers, and a haven of support for victims as well as the families of victims.

Between the support that we've received, both financially and otherwise, and the amount of rides we've already completed with our program, we couldn't be more excited and taken back by what has transpired over the better part of the year.

With all this being said, within the next 12 months we hope to accomplish the following:

- 1.) Reach a personal goal of 5,000 total rides by December of 2018

- 2.) In accordance with local law enforcement, reduce the rate DUI related arrests and accidents by a minimum of 15%, a goal which we are well on the way to achieving.

- 3.) Begin a trend, and change a social norm. This is our most difficult goal by far, and also the most complex. Our organization's number 1 motto is simple: "Make A Plan" . We are no strangers to the fact that the main reason a person enters their vehicle when they are in no condition to do so is because their judgement is obviously impaired, and they also feel as though they will still need their vehicle the next morning. We want the idea of "thinking ahead" to become the new social norm in our area. Whether that means calling a taxi, walking, or even using our program, there should be absolutely no excuse for someone to make a frankly reckless decision that could very well effect the rest of their lives and the lives of those around them. By the end of next year, we hope to be able to record a noticeable change in this trend.

Our staff has been involved with the mission of drunk driving prevention for over four years, be that with similar organizations, ride services, and advocacy groups.

Our heart shows in our work, and our ability to get it done in the most impactful and efficient way possible.

It is always apropos to mention, that our organization is the only non-profit entity in the entire state of Maryland that provides this type of program in any way, as well as the only organization willing to do so. We have essentially revolutionized the way that citizens think about public transportation in our area, and we are working to inspire other organizations in the state of Maryland to do the same.

Our organization has helped hundreds of people with our programs, most notably with our designated driving program.

Specifically, there have been countless stories of individuals we have driven home in their own vehicles who have been incoherently intoxicated, to the point where they could barely speak or even stand.

The number one reason we do this comes down to the fact that when we get that person home safely, we can look at ourselves and say: "If we hadn't shown up... that person would be driving right now" ..which in itself is a terrifying fact.

With that said, we have a viable alternative for these people, and on countless occasions we've have had a person call our office the very next morning and simply say: "Thank you, thank you for saving my life, and the lives of countless others"

Our organization assesses its overall success by measuring statistics from three main areas. These areas include the Police Department's DUI arrests compared month to month, the frequency of use in fr the local taxi/shuttle services, and finally the metrics and statistics from our own programs, namely our designated driving program.

For example, since our inception we have given over 2,500designated driving rides, received 40 scholarship applications, and local DUI arrest rates have already decreased by as much as 5% according to the local police department. As the holiday season approaches, the problem becomes even more difficult to address, and we naturally increase our efforts and volume in order to cover all bases.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SAFE RIDE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 11/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Wayne Dorsey

Laurel Caurvina

Suzanne Colbentz

John Lantz

Charles Galloway

James Hendy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/19/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.