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.
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