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Why we need Action Centers • • Action Centers provide an opportunity to –

Why we need Action Centers • • Action Centers provide an opportunity to – create an awareness in the local community about the situation of underprivileged children – create an awareness in the local community about CRY America – harness resources within localities/cities in the USA to benefit underprivileged children – meet and work with like minded people on a common vision and goals To enable us to impact the lives of underprivileged children, specially Indian

Things to do before starting an Action Center • Read about CRY America and

Things to do before starting an Action Center • Read about CRY America and the situation of underprivileged children – – – – visit the CRY America website at www. america. cry. org visit CRY America Action Center websites and see what kinds of activities they are doing at http: //community. america. cry. org/ view the range of events organized by CRY America at http: //america. cry. org/cryevents/walk view the CRY America Leaflet available at http: //america. cry. org/site/downloads/e. MIL_1. pdf read the SATHEE Project case story available at http: //america. cry. org/site/downloads/photoessay/sat hee/pessay. html read about CRY America’s Grant deployment & management process http: //america. cry. org/site/pdf/CRY%20 America%20 p rocess. pdf View the 60 sec CRY film available at http: //america. cry. org/site/know_us/multimedia/

Things to do before starting an Action Center contd. • Access information about the

Things to do before starting an Action Center contd. • Access information about the Indian community in your city/town/university • Take a decision to start a CRY America Action Center in your city/university • Inform us about your decision – we are here to help! • Contact Apoorv Agarwal, our National Volunteer Leader at apoorv. [email protected] com if you have any questions

Starting an Action Center : Stage 1 • Start talking to people about your

Starting an Action Center : Stage 1 • Start talking to people about your Action Center Talk to your friends and family Talk to your colleagues Set up booths/ stalls at other community events in your area • Focus on recruiting volunteers – Aim for an initial strength of 5 -10 volunteers – Share information about CRY America with them – Share your own plans and ideas with them – Ask them about activities & events that they would like to get involved with – Start a Yahoo!/Google group to keep the discussion flowing & keep everyone connected • Form a local core group of volunteers – Form a core team of 4 -5 key active volunteers who will assist you in starting and building the action centre

Starting an Action Center : Stage 1 contd. • Form a local core group

Starting an Action Center : Stage 1 contd. • Form a local core group of volunteers contd. Allocate responsibilities to your core group members as per their interests – CRY Walk event lead; AC Webmaster; Accounts lead; Community Outreach lead etc Set a date and venue for volunteer meetings initially bi-monthly meetings will help build motivation It’s not always possible to have face to face meetings – stay connected through teleconference meetings. • Welcome to the national group Join the CRY America Action Center Leaders Yahoo! group at the national level – contact us for details. Join the Action Center leaders monthly teleconference meetings organized nationally Touch base regularly with other CRY America Action Center Leaders across USA & the National Volunteer Leader Contact [email protected] org for support and a more detailed orientation

Starting an Action Center : Stage 1 contd. • Go through the CRY America

Starting an Action Center : Stage 1 contd. • Go through the CRY America FAQs, Financials and contact us for the Accounting, Insurance and other national guidelines. • Start evolving an Action Center activity and event plan with your core group: explore different events that interest your core group explore different events that will interest the local community see slide 10 for more details • Set up your Action Center Website Allocate the AC Webmaster role to a member of your core group Set up your AC website on Citysoft Get your volunteers to register on the website Learn about CRY America’s Events module

Publicizing an Action Center : Stage 2 • Start contacting various groups and organizations

Publicizing an Action Center : Stage 2 • Start contacting various groups and organizations in your city & discussing your AC plans Contact Indian Associations in your city – Contact networks like Net. IP, TIE etc in your city – Check the following site for more information www. indianetwork. org/census • Contact the office bearers of each association – briefly introduce CRY America to them – mail them introductory information about CRY America – Request them to formally introduce CRY America at their next meeting or function OR request them for permission to set up an information table at their function • Have a volunteer sign-up sheet ready to capture contact details of interested persons at all functions

Publicizing an Action Center : Stage 2 contd. • Create multiple opportunities to publicize

Publicizing an Action Center : Stage 2 contd. • Create multiple opportunities to publicize CRY America and your Action Center in your city/local community/university – Place fliers, posters & donation jars at locations frequented by Indians - shops, restaurants etc – Place CRY America information on local e-mail networks, newsgroups and websites. • Start showcasing your Action Center and representing CRY America through booths/stalls/tables at other community events and functions in your city – this is a great way to also get potential volunteer and donor sign ups

Shaping an Action Center : Stage 3 • It’s time to choose and organize

Shaping an Action Center : Stage 3 • It’s time to choose and organize your first Action Center Event! - Develop an event plan – detail out the event revenues, costs, number of participants expected etc. - Fix your event date & book the venue - Consider your volunteer strength & skill sets - Choose an event that interests your core group and will work for your local community - Choose a small/ medium sized event that is low cost - Check popular Action Center events on the next slide • Try & organize an event every 3 -4 months – this momentum keeps the volunteers engaged & is a sure way of growing your Action Center. • With each successful event, you will get more volunteers and donors!

Shaping an Action Center : Stage 3 contd. Ideas for Action Center Fundraising Events:

Shaping an Action Center : Stage 3 contd. Ideas for Action Center Fundraising Events: • CRY Walk – annual event • CRY Cricket Tournament • Volleyball Tournament • Charity Dinners • My Vision Campaign – annual event • Music Concerts – local bands • Movie Screenings • Indoor Scrabble & Games • Dandia/ Garba Evening • Food Festivals/Stalls • Antakshari/ Karaoke • DJ Evening • Booths and stalls

Shaping an Action Center : Stage 3 contd. · Student outreach - Contact a

Shaping an Action Center : Stage 3 contd. · Student outreach - Contact a University or College in/around your area – start a CRY America Student Chapter with interested students · Media outreach Contact a couple of journalists in your area local Indian TV, radio stations or publications - send regular press releases pre & post your event to them · Corporate outreach Contact a couple of Companies through your volunteer base Check on event sponsorship possibilities – we have event sponsorship templates available Try to get CRY America included in their list of supported charities Promote “Corporate Matching” grants for donations received for your event -

Keep the momentum going for your Action Center • Regular meetings and updates for

Keep the momentum going for your Action Center • Regular meetings and updates for volunteers • Evolve plans collectively • Share & allocate responsibilities • Organize three to four Events a year • Share information – local and national • Recognize & reward volunteer efforts • Provide space for social bonding & interaction • Plan and review activities regularly • Participate in national groups & events • Contact the accountants to settle your accounts!!

As quoted by a volunteer “I feel that CRY America has given me a

As quoted by a volunteer “I feel that CRY America has given me a chance to help my country in a way that's most important for the country. I feel that children are God's greatest gifts and deserve the best things. It is our responsibility to ensure that every child has a nice childhood and gets good education”. Rajesh Munshi Seattle

Contacts for Action Centers • • Apoorv Agarwal (apoorv. agarwal@gmail. com) for help in

Contacts for Action Centers • • Apoorv Agarwal (apoorv. [email protected] com) for help in starting, growing, sustaining your Action Center Adam Mac. Gregor (macgregor. [email protected] com) for CRY Walk event guidance & publicity material Steshia Monserrate (steshia. [email protected] org) for CRY America & Events publicity material, Press releases, the CRY America Newsletter Kreeanne Rabadi ([email protected] org) for Corporate partnership possibilities & proposals, high value individual donor interface, donor receipts Apoorv Agarwal (apoorv. [email protected] com) for Student outreach & strengthening of Student Groups Joanne Hull ([email protected] com) for Accounting, Banking & Accounting formats Shefali Sunderlal (shefali. [email protected] com) for plans, reviews, project grants, websites, media, products, speaking opportunities