UO sororities implement new ride share program

Some sororities at the University of Oregon are implementing ride share programs to help keep their members safe.

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 6:11 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2018 6:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Some sororities at the University of Oregon are implementing ride share programa to help keep their members safe.

The amount of crimes that have been reported near the University of Oregon campus has reached double digits, which has some students on edge.

KEZI spoke with McKenna Sheridan who organized a new ride share program for her sorority Alpha Chi Omega.

Sheridan said she started it earlier this month after one of her sorority sisters was held at gun point while walking home. She said they have a private Facebook page where members can post whether or not they are available to drive or need a ride.

The program operates Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. until about 1 a.m. But Sheridan said drivers are usually willing to drive at any time if someone is in need of a ride.

"I think it's important so that girls know that they can rely on their sisters and their friends,” Sheridan said. “They don't have to be embarrassed to ask for a ride home because it's not safe, and if we can get all of our members home safely at night that's kind of all we can ask for."

She estimates the program has given more than 60 rides to members since starting on March 8th. Sheridan said other sororities at the UO are also implementing their own ride share programs.

Sheridan hopes to make an app, to make the ride share more accessible for members in her sorority. She also hopes the program will become permanent and will serve her sorority sisters for years to come.

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