Frequently asqued questions

I was a volunteer last year. Must I fill out a volunteer application form again this year?

Yes, you must fill out a new volunteer application form even if you volunteered last year.

I would like to be a Headquarters volunteer. What do I need to do?

You must follow the same procedure as road volunteers. Often your local volunteer application form will have a section reserved for volunteer positions at headquarters. Check the position(s) that you would like to fill and someone will contact you.

I am alone and would like to volunteer for Operation Red Nose. Can I still volunteer if I’m alone?

Of course! Fill out a volunteer application form and when you show up for duty at headquarters, we will match you up with other volunteers to form a team

I don’t have a vehicle or a driver’s license. Can I still volunteer?

Yes, you can volunteer as a navigator, i.e. the person who accompanies the volunteer driver and the client inside the client’s vehicle. You must however meet the volunteer age criteria as indicated on the volunteer application form.

I would really like to volunteer but I’m afraid I won’t be able to last for the entire night. Do I need to be there for a minimum number of hours?

No. You don’t have to be on the road until the late hours of the night in order to volunteer for ORN. You can end your volunteer shift at any time if you feel too tired to continue.

I had lunch with friends today, and while sipping on wine, we decided to volunteer for ORN tonight. Can I volunteer even if I’ve had a small quantity of alcohol during the course of the day, many hours prior to reporting for duty?

No. You may not have any alcohol on the day that you will volunteer for Operation Red Nose. That has been the rule of thumb since Operation Red Nose began in 1984.

I took some cannabis earlier today, but don’t feel the effects anymore. Could I still volunteer tonight?

No, complete soberness is mandatory for all volunteers on the day they take part in Operation Red Nose. They must therefore not consume alcohol not cannabis that day.

Is fuel reimbursed for volunteers who act as escort drivers?

Most local Red Nose organizations have a reimbursement policy for the volunteers who act as escort drivers. We invite you to contact your local host organization for more information

I would like to volunteer as an escort driver. Would I be covered by insurance if an accident were to occur while volunteering?

The escort driver is responsible for having standard car insurance to cover any potential damages. Operation Red Nose provides additional complementary coverage to the coverage you already have. Please contact your local host organization for more details.

I just moved to Canada. I don’t have a Canadian driver’s licence but I have an International driver’s licence. Can I still volunteer for Operation Red Nose?

To volunteer as a volunteer driver or an escort driver, it is mandatory to have a Canadian driver’s licence. However, you could still volunteer as a navigator.