Wilton High School kicked off a third year of its SafeRides program with an orientation meeting for volunteers at Trackside Teen Center on Sept. 13 — just in time for one of its busiest weekends, Homecoming, which is Oct. 3.
Wilton SafeRides is a program in which high school students provide safe and confidential rides for other high school students in Wilton who feel uncomfortable driving themselves home or having someone else drive them home.
This year’s Wilton SafeRides presidents are seniors Jillian Lauricella and Tucker Bendix, both of whom were volunteers last year.
Jillian and Tucker both got involved with the organization through their siblings.
“My older sister, Lindsey, was on the SafeRides board and was a team leader for SafeRides’ first year in Wilton,” said Jillian.
During SafeRides’ first year in town, Jillian — then a sophomore — volunteered on different teams “to get involved as a passenger and understand how the organization worked every night,” she said.
Tucker joined Wilton SafeRides last year through his brother, “who was one of the team captains for the club’s first year,” he said.
“It looked like a lot of fun hanging out with friends and driving other students around, all for a good cause,” said Tucker.