It's finally here. Free Rides Weekend (Nov 1,2) is just a few days away. We'll be offering a free ride to anyone who calls our very well-publicized number. Every year we give rides to about 1500 people over the weekend. It's a great way to show the grace of the gospel to our student neighbors in a very tangible way and it also speaks volumes to our community as well.
This requires a hurculean effort by as many as 200 volunteers which means we need all MHers and their friends to participate. Contact
with any of your questions.
Here are some of the jobs that are available:
Van Teams (4 people) - You can sign up for one job, or better yet recruit a whole team
Dispatch - This person is at homebase (MERCYhouse) and communicates with the van's navigator about who to pick up and where
Driver - This person drives and must be 25 and have a good driving record
Navigator - This person sits in the passenger seat and communicates with dispatch over the phone and tells the driver details about where to go and who to pick up.
Host - This person is in the back with the passengers. They help people get in and out of the van and engage passengers in conversation. They also are the only person to get out of the van to find riders that have called and arranged for a ride.
Friday, November 1st 9:30pm to 12:30am OR 12:00am to 3:30am
Saturday, November 2nd 9:30pm to 12:30am OR 12:00am to 3:30am
Hospitality Team (12 people)
We are looking for people to bring food either on Friday or Saturday night so that Van Teams will have something to munch on when they come in from their shifts.
Sponsorship (12 people/or businesses)
Each van costs 250 dollars to rent and fuel. We need people to financially sponsor our vans. Businesses can have their name put on a van for advertising
This event is our biggest church-wide outreach of the year. Pray for resources, volunteers, and impact on the lives of passengers and others that will come in contact with this event.
We'll be passing out 5000 cards with the free rides number on them to Umass students on October 31 and November 1. We'll also be dropping them off at every bar and liquor store in town. Contact
to sign-up for a distribution assignment.