RMEF Launches Volunteers Facebook Group
“I’m looking for some ideas from other chapters/banquets. We need a change in ours.”
The post is from a RMEF chapter committee member in Wisconsin. The answers come from all over: Wyoming. Washington. Arizona. Georgia. Wyoming suggests basket raffles. Colorado is willing to trade a Vail ski weekend for a trip to a North Woods cabin. It’s a cross-country exchange of ideas, all in a matter of hours.
As part of our new social media push, RMEF created a Facebook group in August specifically for our volunteers. It’s a platform where volunteers from across the country can connect, share ideas, learn new tools of the trade, provide chapter exchanges for things like hunts and trips, plus talk about all things elk. RMEF staff is on board to answer questions, announce new promotions and programs, and provide sneak previews of new RMEF merchandise and apparel. Headquarters will also use the platform to host Facebook live training sessions and discussions on pertinent fundraising topics.
“We created the group with the intent to try to improve and increase volunteer communication across the country,” says Chad Carman, RMEF digital media director. “We have a ton of volunteers that have things that work for them in, say, North Carolina that could be applicable out in Utah, and vice versa. It’s a way to get that conversation started. It’s also an opportunity for our volunteers to give us input.”
Over 500 people joined the group in the first 24 hours. Since then, membership has grown to over 1,200. Volunteers—and those thinking about becoming a volunteer—can join simply by logging into Facebook, visiting https://www.facebook.com/groups/RMEFVolunteers/ and hitting “join group.” While discussion and opinion sharing is encouraged, please keep conversations courteous.
“This group is geared toward volunteers because inside of a closed group there isn’t so much noise,” Carman says. “People can see when other people post. They’re more apt to get in there and engage.”
An active volunteer for over 20 years, Ron Camp is a regional chair based in Utah. He says he uses social media an average amount—not constantly connected, but active—and he’s been part of the new Facebook group since day one.
“It’s an opportunity to share events as well as ideas with other volunteers. It’s a good platform. I wish more people would get on it,” Camp says. “It’s a great opportunity to get more information for volunteers.”
If you have a question, this is the place to ask it, he adds. Whether you’re looking for more information on a project or searching for new banquet games, the group plugs you into a nationwide network that can deliver tried-and-true answers and ideas. Of course, a lot of volunteers are also using the group to connect with one another by sharing hunting tales or volunteer success stories, which is equally valuable in its own way.
“The opportunities are endless depending on what people want to use it for,” Camp says. “It’s a great resource to be able to get in touch with volunteers in other states and at the national level.”
Camp says he’s helped the group grow by sending invitations to join to other volunteers in his home state, and he encourages others to do the same.
“The value is being part of the organization and the family—getting the opportunity to meet people with the same likes and concerns around the country,” Camp says. “It’s feeling connected.”