Help us raise awareness!
Below are resources available to work with you to help make communications effort a success. Should you have any questions, please contact Kyrianna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Handouts/Pamphlets – printed information can go a long way. You may order these through the PLS Database, on the PLI Shop or you can contact us if you have questions on how to order materials. Your assistance in promoting the Project Lifesaver program and your agency’s involvement is appreciated. Pamphlets and handouts are imperative for disseminating information at events, conferences, and presentations. Also feel free to create your own brochure for your agency on the program – be sure to send a copy to Project Lifesaver for our records and for approval to use.
Civic Leagues, Neighborhood Watches, and Community Groups, C.E.R.T – This is a wonderful place to seek volunteers for your service. Learn about your local Neighborhood Watch program and attend a meeting or two. Involved citizens know what is going on in their communities.
Volunteers – There is nothing that says you must do this alone. Recruit volunteers to help with fundraising and outreach efforts, as well as advocacy efforts in your community.
Citizen Academies – Police, Fire, etc. – This is a good place to conduct a presentation and generate interest and involvement.
Business Watch, Chamber of Commerce – much like your Neighborhood Watch groups and Civic Leagues, become involved with them. Sometimes there are financial supporters that may emerge and conducting presentations at these meetings can help increase support and knowledge of the service.
Pilot Club International – Pilot Club International has been a driving force in gaining support and funding in a multitude of counties across the country. Feel free to visit their website to see if a chapter is near you – http://www.pilotinternational.org/html/home.shtml.
Senior Centers- reach out to those who may need the service. A wonderful connection plus support can be found here. Look for senior related magazines, organizations or committees, and ask if you can put brochures about Project Lifesaver at these locations.
Medical Groups – Getting the medical community on board is another measure of support and free advertisement. Some hospitals also have support groups for survivors of stroke, heart attacks and more. Perhaps arrange a presentation.
Special Needs Schools- find out what special needs schools you may have in your area. Contact the school board and offer to also do a presentation.
Local TV station – see if your area has a cable TV access channel that does its own production and will show the segment on air.
Crime Prevention/Community Relations – Law enforcement personnel (sworn/civilian) are another wonderful resource to help get the message out.
City Council- Consider scheduling a presentation before your elected officials. May wish to consider scheduling a proclamation to be developed that could coincide with a “Senior Safety Week”, “Child Safety Week”, “Public Safety Week” and so on.
Other Elected Officials- With your manager’s permission, contact your Senator, Congressman, Delegate and more. Don’t forget to send invitations to the same for big events that you may have where they may receive written information about your service.
Alzheimer’s, Autism and other Organizations – See about attending meetings, conducting presentations, & becoming involved with their fundraising events and vice versa, etc.
Agency Representative – Look within your own agency to see who may have a relative that has Alzheimer’s, autism or other wandering conditions. There is nothing like someone who can speak from the heart and make that connection with others. Develop an “ambassador family” who can speak at events and help spread the word about Project Lifesaver by sharing a personal story.
Newsletters – see if your agency has a newsletter that you may include an article in.
E-mails – create a distribution list for citizens or others who may enjoy receiving information or who may support your efforts.
Websites – see about getting an icon on your department’s web page to place information about the service, or other websites that may help in creating a link to Project Lifesaver – www.projectlifesaver.org.
Financial Support – There are a multitude of groups and foundations that have established grants to support the community. Do a search in your area for foundations, businesses or citizens who may have established an opportunity for you to apply for a grant. If you are representing an agency, you may wish to see if your own agency or city/county has a grant writer that may assist you.
Social Media – Social media sites have been gaining in popularity, and they are also a great way to connect with local citizens, organizations, and businesses. Create a Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter account – and build relationships with local people who support you and can help promote your program in your community. Don’t forget to link to Project Lifesaver International Headquarters on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!
For a full listing – please e-mail Tiffany. If you have any additional ideas, please contact her!