Volunteers are key

Operation Red Nose is only possible because of the strong commitment of numerous volunteers who fill all sorts of roles. The majority of volunteers are needed to serve as part of three-person teams – an escort driver, designated driver and navigator – who escort clients safely to their destination. You can assemble your own three-person team or be teamed up with other volunteers once you arrive. All volunteers must be willing to submit to a police background check prior to volunteering and obey the code of ethics.

Escort Driver

Must be at least 19 years old and be licensed and insured to drive a vehicle in Ontario. This volunteer uses his/her own vehicle to drive the designated driver and navigator to the pick-up location. He/she then follows the designated driver, navigator and client(s) to the requested destination. He/she then drives the designated driver and the navigator back to headquarters or to another pick-up location.

Designated driver

Must be at least 21 years old and be licensed and insured to drive a vehicle in Ontario. This volunteer drives the client’s vehicle to the requested destination.


Must be at least 19 years old. This volunteer rides along with the designated driver and the client(s). He/she assists the designated driver with directions and keeps in contact with headquarters. He/she also acts as the team secretary by filling out the client’s receipt.

Volunteering - It pays off!

Volunteering offers the opportunity not only to learn new skills, but also to take on new responsibilities and to widen social connections. Volunteering can sometimes open the door to a paying job. Volunteer work is a great way to gain experience and meet people who can serve as references. A growing number of employers consider  a job applicant's volunteer activity an asset. Ask us how you can get a certificate today!