Why I Volunteer
Volunteers are the lifeblood of RMEF. Here’s why they give back.
“I volunteer to support the mission. Those words are so important, yet they can’t convey all the love in my heart for the volunteers, the organization and the wildlife and geography in my life. I could put up a hundred pictures here. This one has great gear, hats and smiles.”
Kimberly Miller Softich
“Why do I volunteer? Simply, to give back and to let my friends, family and community know more about RMEF and the mission—and why what the organization does is so vitally important not only for elk, but for all habitat and lovers of nature in our great nation. The photo is of our fantastic Women for Wildlife Committee at our Ladies’ Night Out last October!”
Corrie Kossow Garrison
“I have volunteered for RMEF banquets for 12 years because our chapter supports so many nonprofits that allow children to learn basic firearm safety. RMEF also donates funds to my favorite program called Becoming an Outdoors-Woman through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This program helps teach 100 women to go outdoors, be safe and have fun, and then the women teach their families outdoor skills like animal tracking, meat processing, GPS, smoking fish and dozens of other fascinating courses. RMEF is not just about elk. To me RMEF is about our outdoor environment, all wildlife and learning to protect and treasure our hunting heritage.”
“I have met the most wonderful people volunteering for the brand.”
“I volunteer because I want hunting, wildlife, healthy habitat and access to public land to forever be available! I love that the RMEF puts such a high percentage of its funds toward mission accomplishment and ensures transparency of how those funds are utilized! Here is a picture of me with some of our chapter volunteers. I am so proud of the number of women and children who support our chapter!”
Kim Drake Rhodes
“I have volunteered as the chapter chair of my local chapter for the past nine years, and I do it because RMEF is a great organization. Through my annual banquet I get kids and adults alike interested in the outdoors, wildlife, hunting, fishing and conservation where otherwise they may not interact with those things.”
“We first volunteered when we heard of RMEF and its mission; it put into words what we already believed was needed for conservation to survive. The heartfelt slogan of “pass it on” struck a chord, and we have never looked back. What we never expected, though, was how that decision would change our lives. To quote Dr. Seuss, “Oh the places you’ll go.” We started by attending banquets other than our own. The friends we met along the way soon became part of our new RMEF family. Our travels have taken us to every corner of this great nation. Now working for conservation is effortless, and these paychecks of the heart are simply a bonus!”
“My brother got involved, then I got involved, and it’s a family affair now. I haven’t been on my own hunt; it would be fun to do though. I love the people I get to be around and the businesses that I get to go to who show support for a great organization. I love doing the ladies raffle! We have a great group to work with, and our leadership team is amazing! I’ve been doing this for 13 years now.”
“I enjoy the friends at the banquets and reap the rewards of our efforts. Elk are very majestic animals, and the reintroduction into Wisconsin is heartwarming. I’m a volunteer for life.”
“I have been a volunteer for over 20 years. I truly believe in the mission. Conservation is important, enjoying the outdoors and getting folks involved is great. I love all the friends I have made through RMEF, too.”
Rick and I have been volunteers for 20-plus years. I remember my very first exposure to RMEF was at an Elk Camp in Reno in the early 90s. When we left Nevada and moved to Wyoming, we went to our first Big Game Banquet by the Wind River Chapter in Riverton. A few years later we were asked to be on the newly formed Red Canyon Chapter in Lander. We have been volunteering ever since! I think in the beginning we volunteered because our friends did and it was something to do. We continue to volunteer because we believe in the mission. We want our nine grandchildren to be able to enjoy the great outdoors like we do. They love to hunt and fish like us! The great work that RMEF does on the ground will enable my family and yours to carry on family traditions. One other benefit that has come from the last 20-plus years of volunteering is the lifelong friends that we have made! RMEF family rocks!
Cyndie Ridgeway Johnson
Jameson is the newest life member of our RMEF family! This is why we volunteer!
I volunteer for the cause to ensure that my kid and all kids have the opportunities that I have had! I have met and worked with the most amazing group of people from local chapters and every state in this great nation who believe and support the RMEF mission! 2018 is my 23rd year as an RMEF volunteer!