RightRides DC Is Here — And We Need Your Help!

Say goodbye to the old fight between saving money and staying safe. In a fair world, getting home safe wouldn’t cost a cent, and here in DC we’re taking one BIG STEP closer to that world with RightRides DC. Our new free, safe, late-night rides service for women and LGBTQ individuals will launch on October 31, 2014.

The number one thing we need to make this service a huge success? YOU! We’re looking for volunteer drivers, navigators, and dispatchers. Check out the details below, and then fill out a quick volunteer application. We can’t wait to celebrate this landmark with you and we hope you’ll join our team!

When Do You Need Me to Volunteer?
RightRides DC will operate on major holidays. Right now, we need volunteers who are available for the RightRides DC launch on Halloween (Friday, October 31) as well as at least one more shift (to be determined by a survey of our community). Volunteers should be available from 11:30 pm to 3:30 am on service dates, and will be provided with transportation home!

What Would I Need to Do?
Volunteers will be paired up in driver/navigator teams (yup, that means you can sign up for shifts with a friend!) to operate three donated Zipcars. Prefer not to drive? That’s OK, we need dispatchers, too! Volunteers must have a valid drivers license, be able to attend our October 23 volunteer training, and pass a background check. They also should be able to commit to volunteering on at least two service dates this year.

Why Should I Volunteer?
Staying safe can end up unfairly costing women and LGBTQ folks in time, opportunities, and cold hard cash. RightRides DC, the first service of its kind in the city, is an important first step in addressing the “safety gap” in DC’s public transportation. Be a part of something big! Fill out a volunteer application now.

Join Our Team!

Want to be a part of our dedicated team? We want you! Apply for our openings for (paid) Program Fellow and (unpaid) Communications/Development Intern! Descriptions and info below.

Program Fellow for RightRides DC (RRDC)

Be part of the launch of an award-winning free safe-rides service for women and LGBTQ folks!  

Job Description: Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), a community-based and -led organization that aims to empower the DC Metro area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault, is looking for a Program Fellow to coordinate the launch of RightRides DC, an innovative, safe late-night rides program for women and LGBTQ individuals in DC. The Program Fellow will play a key role in planning and executing the launch of RightRides DC, along with other CASS programming.  This is an exciting position, and we encourage creative thinking around community-building, fostering collaborations, and developing and providing grassroots direct services.

Duties: The Program Fellow will:

  • Develop strategic partnerships with community organizations and businesses.

  • Plan and conduct outreach and promotion for RightRides, especially in advance of service dates.

  • Conduct recruitment, training, and management of RightRides volunteers.

  • May require being on-call during RightRides service hours which take place late at night (one weekend night every quarter).

  • Other duties as assigned in the areas of training/outreach or media.

Duration: This fellowship will require a commitment of an average of 10 hours/week (with more hours expected at times when RightRides is running.) We would prefer to recruit someone who is available for a full calendar year from the start date. The Program Fellow may be need to be on-call during RightRides service hours, which will take place late at night.

Qualifications:

  • Strong writing & organizational skills

  • Ability to self-manage and meet deadlines

  • Experience with volunteer management (preferred)

Compensation:  The selected Program Fellow will receive a $500/month stipend.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQGNC identifying people strongly encouraged to apply. Please email your resumé and cover letter to zosia@collectiveactiondc.org to apply. Deadline is on a rolling basis, so apply early!

 

Communications/Development Intern

Job Description: Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), a community-based and -led organization that aims to empower the DC Metro area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault, is looking for a communications/Development Intern. The intern will generate content for our blog and social media accounts, reaching around 6,000 followers, and create promotional and outreach materials for our development projects through the fall.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone looking to burnish their writing and social media skills. With all of our interns, we encourage creative thinking around arts and expression, community-building, and outreach.

CASS is a small organization that relies largely on the energy of volunteers. We are unable to offer compensation for this position, but we will work with your college or university to provide you with course credit.

Duration: 15-20 hours/week for 4 months, beginning in September 2014. This is a work-from-anywhere position, but applicants should be located in DC as there may be some in-person obligations.

Duties: The Communications/Development Intern will play a key role in maintaining CASS’s strong online presence and supporting our end of the year fundraising activities.

Tasks include:

• Help draft blog posts and create daily social media postings.

• Create promotional and outreach materials for fundraising campaigns.

• Update and organize fundraising databases.

• A variety of other duties as needed.

Qualifications:

• Strong writing skills

• Ability to self-manage and meet deadlines

• Strong organizational skills

• Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQGNC-identifying people strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:
Please email your resumé, cover letter, references and two sample social media posts about street harassment to Zosia; zosia@collectiveactiondc.org. Deadline is on a rolling basis, so apply early!

Harassed on Metro: “I’ve Been So Worried About Running Into Him Again That I Changed My Route”

Location: L’Enfant Plaza Metro - Southbound yellow line
Time:
 Night (7:30pm-12am)

A man, late 20s-late 30s, dark hair, gray or black shirt and pants, approached me on the train platform Aug. 27. He asked me if I was a teacher because of the badge I was wearing. (I’m not.) He told me he worked in “sales” and was looking for a new job, and did I know of any? He [said he was] born in London and educated in Australia. He had a slight accent, but it was neither English nor Australian. He repeated the Australia/England connection several times. He badgered me with increasingly personal questions – name, occupation, was I single? Where was I going? Where did I work? What kind of work did I do? How could he contact me? Where was I going? Why wouldn’t I give him my contact info? Was I getting on the yellow line? Where was I headed?

He grew more aggressive in his tone the more I told him I was uncomfortable and to please stop talking to me. I was so rattle and fearful, I waited until he had boarded the train before I got into a different car. Even with that, I didn’t feel safe and called to have someone meet me on the platform at my destination. I’ve been so worried about running into him again I’ve switched up the train I take, stand in different spots on the platform, and keep an eye out for him. I reported to Metro Transit Police through the online form.

Submitted 8/29/14 by “VM.”

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Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault? Submit your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system: Whether the event is happening at the moment or occurred months ago, we strongly encourage you to report to Metro Transit Police (MTP): www.wmata.com/harassment or 202-962-2121. Reporting helps identify suspects as well as commons trends in harassment. You can program MTP’s number into your phone so you can easily reach them when needed.

If you need assistance in coping with public sexual harassment or assault, please contact the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) 24/7 crisis hotline at 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7279).