Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Attend a Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheon or a Walk Information Meeting!

NAMIWalks Palm Beach County's Walk Information Meeting
Right now the Spring Walk Sites are getting ready to host their Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheons, while the Fall Walk Sites are beginning to host their Walk Information Meetings. I thought a post on both events, and what you as a NAMIWalks’ participant/supporter can do to help make these events successful would be appropriate!

I’ll begin with a brief overview of each event:
·       The Walk Information Meeting (WIM) opens the NAMIWalks’ season. The Meeting is typically hosted 9-months prior to Walk Day. The event’s purpose is to discuss how the funds from the previous Walk benefited NAMI, announce the current event date, goals and the plans to make the Walk exciting! This is also the event where attendees can register to become volunteers and receive information about sponsoring the event. In addition to inviting previous sponsors, team captains, walkers and volunteers, all members of the community are invited to attend.

NAMIWalks Southwest Louisiana Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheon
      The Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheon (KOL) follows the WIM. The Luncheon serves as a training session for all registered Team Captains and those interested in becoming a Captain. The attendees learn more about the importance of the Walk program, as well as how to successfully build Teams and raise funds. The Walk Manager provides tactics, tools and information to assist Team Captains on their Walk journeys.

Your participation in these events is imperative to the success of the Walk. If you have participated in a Fall Walk make sure you attend the Walk Information Meeting, so you know what to expect during the new Walk Season. Take a friend with you to get them involved with the program. The more people who participate in the event, the better! If you haven’t in the past, maybe this is the year for you to volunteer! You can be a Team Captain/walker and still volunteer for the event. We need help in many areas – assistance with securing sponsors, engaging Team Captains, promoting the Walk, planning/setting up/breaking down the Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheon and Walk Day.

NAMIWalks Mobile's Mardi Gras themed Kick-Off Luncheon
In addition to volunteering, maybe you own or work for a company that would be interested in sponsoring the Walk. We have great opportunities for both large and small businesses to support the event. Our sponsorship levels range between $250 and $15,000. Each level receives wonderful benefits, such as having your business name and/or logo printed on event t-shirts and marketing materials.

If you are currently registered or planning to participate in a Spring Walk, maybe this year you will consider being a Team Captain. Don’t be intimidated by the term, Team Captain. We have come up with a formula to make it easy for Teams to be successful and to reach a $1,000 goal. All you have to do is form a Team, recruit 10 family members and/or friends for the Team, encourage each person to raise $100, so the Team as a whole will raise $1,000. It’s that easy! You will learn easy steps to achieve the goal during the course of the Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheon.

This is your opportunity to get more involved with NAMIWalks! With your support, we will raise the funds needed to continue offering crucial educational programs and support services to individuals impacted by mental illness!