Volunteers Come in All Forms
By Ralph Cinfio, Director of Operations—Central Division
Nationwide, RMEF boasts more than 10,000 volunteers who conservatively average 80 hours of donated labor annually. Typically, that labor involves coordinating banquets and other fundraising events and assisting wildlife and land managers by building water guzzlers, conducting elk research, removing fences, etc.
But volunteerism can come in other forms, too. Like the local biologist who leads RMEF project tours or serves on a state Project Advisory Committee. Or the person who does not have the time to make local meetings but is the first one to arrive and last one to leave on banquet day. Or those folks who sell memberships, ask for donations, help at Elk Camp or even in our mail room at headquarters. No matter what role a volunteer plays in this organization, it is the linchpin to our success in helping the RMEF meet our mission and grow.
Because of your commitment, we have made great strides in conserving wildlife habitat in North America. Since the Elk Foundation’s modest beginning in 1984, it has conserved and enhanced more than 5.8 million acres and funded nearly 6,800 projects in 49 states and eight Canadian provinces.
We cannot thank you enough for your outstanding and unselfish commitment to the RMEF. You have made the foundation what it is today. I ask that you please reach out to your friends and family and encourage them to also jump on board as a volunteer. Each and every volunteer, no matter what their role, is vital to our cause.
Thank you for making the RMEF the most credible and effective conservation organization in the world.