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Volunteer mania!

Winners of the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative (from left) Ryan Louis and Oraia Reid accept their awards with Jeff Barker, president of Bank of America, New York.

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Volunteer mania!

Volunteers Oraia Reid, Ryan Louis and Xue Yun Gao (inset) also got a shot at fame as winners of the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. Oraia was named a local hero for her founding of RightRides, a women’s safety program created in 2004 that provides free late-night rides home for women living in North Brooklyn. What started out as a one-woman operation now has more than 200 volunteers offering rides in 45 neighborhoods. Oraia also received $5,000, which she directed to a non-profit charity of her choice.

Ryan Louis of Canarsie and Xue Yun Gao of Dyker Heights were both recognized as a student leaders, and were selected to participate in a leadership summit in Washington DC as well as a paid internship with a local non-profit organization. Ryan volunteers with God’s Love We Deliver and Xue works with Asian Americans for Equality, representing students from across the city.

Standing O sends congrats to these do-gooding volunteers.

Reach reporter Joanna DelBuono at jdelbuono@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2523.

Xue Yun Gao won the Bank of American Neighborhood Excellence Initiative and was recognized as a student leader.

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