by Caryn Smith © 2010
Money is tight. Unemployment is the worst it’s been in decades. There’s no wonder the number of people that need help is on the rise. While donations certainly play a large part in bringing aid to the less fortunate, helping hands and strong backs are also a must. If your organization is looking to increase its community service volunteers, put lapel pins to work for you.
Food is a need not a want. Unfortunately, more and more families are finding themselves with an impossible choice: food or medicine? Food or electricity? Feeding America brings relief by giving food to over 25 million people each year.
Feeding America recently conducted a survey with 160 food banks across the country and published the following startling results on their website:
> > 100% reported increases in demand for emergency assistance. Those increases ranged from 28% to 37% over last year’s figures.
> > 99.4% of the food banks surveyed reported seeing people who were seeking help for the first time.
It takes lots of people to stock and distribute food to those who are hungry. So how do you bring in more volunteers to meet the growing needs of your organization without spending a fortune on advertising? That’s where lapel pins come into play.
Lapel pins can be created in any color or shape. If your group has a logo, it can be made into a pin. If you’re not sure how to design your pins, choose a lapel pin company that has experts on staff who will design your pins at no additional cost.
Lapel pins are also affordable. For a small price your group can have pins for every volunteer. Each person that wears their pin will be advertising for your organization when they visit the grocery store, schools, banks, doctor’s offices and more. The more people who know about your organization, the better the chance of bringing in additional workers.
One of the most effective ways to bring in blood donations is to hold blood drives at local businesses. The problem with that plan is that many businesses are closing or laying off a large part of their workforce. With fewer businesses and employees to participate, blood banks have to raise awareness by appealing directly to the public for donations.
When volunteers wear lapel pins they remind others of the need to donate. By increasing awareness through the wearing of lapel pins, your organization stands a better chance of bringing in others to donate.
Many community service organizations would cease to exist without the help of volunteers. Lapel pins can also be used to show appreciation and say thank you to those that keep the organization running. Volunteers will wear their pins with pride, bringing opportunities to give testimonials to others about why they support your cause. A positive endorsement can do a lot to encourage others to join your team.
There are numerous other groups that provide important community services. All these groups require volunteers to keep them running smoothly. Whether your organization builds houses, cleans up after natural disasters, provides mentoring to teens, helps adults learn to read or any number of other worthy activities, lapel pins do an amazing job of bringing in volunteers by spreading the word.
Caryn Smith is Manager of Signature Pins. When you need an affordable way to advance your downline, lapel pins are an excellent option. Visit http://www.signaturepins.com today for custom lapel pins in just 10 days, guaranteed!
Visit http://www.signaturepins.com today for custom lapel pins in just 10 days, guaranteed!