Since the last issue of “Call To Duty,” over 164 supporters from 38 states have volunteered to join a nationwide network of grassroots volunteers promoting the Campaign to build the National Museum of the United States Army.
The June 2015 issue of “Call To Duty” explained the purpose of the grassroots program and invited supporters to explore a variety of ways in which they could help promote the National Army Museum.
“We have a dedicated group of Founding Sponsors and it’s exciting to see them respond to our call for volunteers,” remarked Beth Schultz Seaman, Director of Grassroots Development. “They’ve taken support for the Museum to a higher level by spreading the word about the National Army Museum to their companies, communities, and their families and friends.”
The Campaign’s staff provides volunteers with the tools necessary to be successful fundraisers. Each volunteer receives a grassroots kit which includes items such as posters, brochures, and fact sheets. Volunteers may also consider sending a letter to the editor or a press release to their local newspaper, hosting a fundraising event or auction, and/or promoting a link to the Museum’s website. “Each person has their own interests, social circles, veteran groups, and network of friends and we always welcome more volunteers,” added Schultz Seaman. “We enjoy discussing their fundraising ideas and supporting them with the materials they need to reach those groups of new Museum supporters.”
Daniel Sundeen of Giddings, Texas, became a Founding Sponsor in 2010 and is a proud veteran. “I’ve been talking with my Army friends about the plans to build a National Army Museum and now I’ll have some materials to share with them, too!”
Ron Spearman of Tiger, Ga., retired from the Army and lives in a community that is very supportive of the military and their families. “I still love the Army,” Spearman explained to Schultz Seaman, “and volunteering to tell people about the plans for a National Army Museum seemed like a perfect fit for me.”
A few of the many ways volunteers can help:
Ask local businesses/organizations to make a donation.
Send a prepared press release or letter to the editor of your local newspaper(s) voicing support of the Museum and encouraging others to honor Soldiers and Army veterans by enrolling them in the Registry of the American Soldier.
Host fundraising events such as barbecues, raffles, auctions, lectures and home tours.
Use the Museum brochure as a conversation starter to encourage anyone with Army service, and those who have Army family, to honor those Soldiers through the Registry of the American Soldier.
Place Museum posters and brochures in local store fronts, veterans’ halls, libraries, banks, and other popular locations.
Promote the National Army Museum via Facebook and Twitter. Like, share, or retweet our posts and/or create posts for your own social media.
Share the armyhistory.org link on local websites.
Are you interested in joining our grassroots team?
Contact Beth Schultz Seaman at 703-879-0006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.