There are many ways to make a difference in the life of a young child. These Early Childhood Coalitions offers a variety of avenues for residents to become involved.
- Join a committee. Each area's coalition meets every few months. Meetings are usually in the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate as many people as possible. Professional educators, business leaders, parents, grandparents and others in the community are encouraged to participate in these meetings which help set goals and prioritize activities.
- Participate in an event. Events not only offer a great way for the Coalitions to generate awareness and increase participation, they sometimes also generate revenue for the groups. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate and support special events, to make phone calls, to distribute materials or even just help spread the word throughout the community about upcoming activities and events.
- Donate. All contributions — financial or in-kind — are tax deductible, and 100% of the money raised by these items will go toward the Coalition.
- Donate money. Though these Coalitions have been initiated by grants from the Initiative Foundation, matching local dollars or in-kind services are required to sustain this funding. Sponsorship opportunities with the events and activities are a great way for individual businesses to connect with young families (who are the best consumers!).
- Donate in-kind items or materials. Prizes are always needed for live and silent auctions at events or as giveaways.
- Share your insight, ideas and experiences. Wisdom is many times more valuable than any other resource a person could share. Even if you can't attend meetings or participate in an event, call or email a Coalition Coordinator with your ideas or an interesting opportunity.
For more ways to become involved, contact the Brainerd Lakes Area Coalition Coordinator — Amynda Hadfield at 218-251-4234.