“If you can give us this money to get them through this year, we’re trying to make it so Safety and Security wouldn’t have to give them any money (again)” she said.
Ryan Darge, SafeWalk’s program and finance director, said the group is still looking at outside sources of funding.
“For the rest of this year, we’re still going to try to actively find funding,” he told the committee by phone.
Best declined to explain what specific plans were under consideration.
“I don’t feel comfortable totally going into what that plan is right now,” she said. “We’re still kind of hammering everything out.”
She assured the committee that progress is being made.
“We’re making moves. We’re doing this,” she said.
The group’s application said receiving $20,000 from the Safety and Security Committee would be “crucial” in filling the hole in SafeWalk’s $45,000 yearly budget. Wages for the walkers constitute 90 percent of the budget, according to the application.
David Goldberg, the one committee member to vote against the allocation, raised that the University of Texas at Austin operates a similar program with volunteer walkers.
“Why are we spending thousands of dollars on that then?” he asked.
Committee chairman Andrew Wood said the committee would work with SafeWalk to make sure the money is used responsibly.
“We’re always obsessed with them being as financially responsible as possible with the money we gave for them,” he said.
Student Congress gave SafeWalk a $25,000 grant in September, which has since run out. Best said Student Congress hopes to be at least partially reimbursed from the SSSC for the money — a decision the group will debate at its Dec. 10 meeting.