How many of us get so fed up with the news that we turn it off? How many of us would like to do something positive but feel powerless and don’t know where to turn?
In the past several weeks, I have been calling volunteers to help them uncover what one or two core issues are important to them and identify how they can become involved. We also discussed their personal comfort level of involvement and time availability. During the course of many discussions, I’ve discovered residents of Virginia Beach want to be involved, but just don’t know where to start. Are you feeling the same way?
We can help you to find your role and you can help us to help others find theirs. What does that mean? How would that work? It’s easy! If you hear of an event, project, or opportunity for volunteer involvement, let us know.
A project sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach–The Beach Bag Program–is a good example of how that can work.
The city recently hosted this food drive for the school children who go home to empty cupboards every weekend, over vacation and during summer break. Although the Virginia Beach Democrats sent out an email looking for participation in the food drive, the alert for the drive was only a provided to us a few days before the event. Dang! It could have been a more effective drive if we had known earlier about it, right? What if you had known for weeks ahead of time the city was hosting this food drive? Wouldn’t it have been great to share it with the VB Dems, have an email go out to alert others, and gain greater participation?
That’s how you can help! If you know of any important event, send us an email on our contact form.
Let’s take it one step further. Now, because of the alert, someone new has become aware of the issue of hungry children in the school system. Based on what I’ve seen in the past few days, several people have raised their hands to adopt their local school. They want to help the PTAs and other organizations gather food for their local kids. They weren’t sure where to start, but others who are in the know have given them easy-to-follow steps on who and where to help.
One alert about the City’s Beach Bag Program resulted in:
– Volunteers sharing the event with the Va Beach Dems
– Volunteers making donations via food or monetary contributions
– Volunteers helping to sort and deliver the food
– Residents learning of the need
– Residents becoming volunteers and participating and/or organizing other food drives.
This all happened because of ONE alert to the Virginia Beach Dems. How good would you be feeling right now if it had been your heads-up to the VB Dems that caused such a positive chain reaction?
People like you want to help, they want to be involved, but they just don’t know where to start. Just think, you could be the inspiration for dozens of fellow residents!
Here are some easy-to-follow steps if you’d like to be more involved:
- Let us know of Community Outreach Events by sending us an email on our contact form here at www.vbdemocrats.org.
- If you’d like to be involved, but are not sure where to begin, fill out the Volunteer Form at https://vbdemocrats.org/volunteer/. Someone will contact you, discuss your interests and brainstorm opportunities to help you find your role and your voice.
- Join the VB Dems at https://vbdemocrats.org/get-involved/ for updates, meetings, and all activities regarding the #BlueWave 2018!
~ This article was a contribution from a VB Dem Volunteer