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How can I start a group in my community?
Little did I know when I offered to teach the basics of crocheting to several
co-workers, that this would spread and catch on fire as it has! It all
began with the request of one individual to teach classes. Several more
people asked soon after and I thought why not open this opportunity up to others
at my place of employment.
In January of 2000, our first
meeting was held. I arranged a location on the university campus and sent
out numerous e-mails, and announcements of the upcoming meeting. Everyone
who was interested in learning to knit or crochet was welcomed and encouraged to
attend. We also invited all members of our work community who already knew
how to crochet or knit to come and help teach others. At that first
meeting over 60 people were there! Teachers were identified and classes
were set up in various locations and times throughout campus.
At our first meeting, it was
discussed and decided at as a group we would use our gifts and share talents
with the community in general.
I set about contacting by
letter and by phone many organizations and charities within the community asking
them how our group could help their organizations. I also did a lot of research
regarding what organizations were already in my community and thinking about
ways we could help them. You can also do research on your community by
reading the local paper -- but look at the various organizations and ask
yourself, how can my group help them accomplish their goals?
To start a group within your
own local area, I would suggest the following:
TALK and get support from others.
FORM a "core" group of individuals who can
help you, even if it is just one or two other like minded people.
FIND a location to host your meetings.
Examples of free locations in your community may be -- library, community
hall/center, churches, recreation centers, senior citizens centers, Eagles
Club, Red Cross, American Legion, etc. (Remember, you want to find a
location that will allow you to meet there for FREE.)
ADVERTISE into your local paper. Place
additional notices up on all free community bulletin boards. Place
notices in many of the local church weekly bulletins or monthly newsletters.
ORGANIZE the schedule of future meetings,
speakers (if you want), teaching sessions, locations.
RESEARCH how your group can serve your local
community. Talk to community leaders, volunteer organizations,
charities, church organizations for example: Catholic Charities, Lutheran
Social Services etc.), area schools (Head-Start, elementary etc.), domestic
abuse shelters, VA hospitals, nursing homes, hospice organizations, foster
care system, homeless shelters, Salvation Army etc.. Search the web
and do research on national projects you can team up with or become a part
of. For example: Warm Up America, Red Scarf Project (for college
age former foster kids who have "graduated out" of the system), Sudanese
Refugee Project, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), and many more
worthwhile projects. Sometimes local craft or hobby stores also have a
listing of charities they are working with.
ENLIST others to help you deliver the
completed items to the various organizations.
TRACK the number of items which have been
donated. People love to know they are making a difference and keeping
a total is a great way to accomplish this.
BE A CHEERLEADER for your organization.
Your job is to be a motivator. Be upbeat the cheerful.
Blessings to you and your endeavor. If you
need help, please contact me.