4 - Getting the Word Out

Some ideas for recruiting people to your Friends group:

  • Brochures at parks, local libraries, coffee shops, community centers
  • Post event information on external websites such as PP&R, CNRG, Hands On Portland
  • Create a webpage for your group
  • Table at community events, e.g. Maplewood Picnic, Multnomah Days, BES open houses, community forums
  • Networking: phone calls, public meetings, conferences, word of mouth
  • Postcard mailings or door hangers to neighbors

Note: anonymous web & print publicity is okay for recruiting volunteers who are already knowledgeable about the issues, but know that ultimately 80% of volunteers come to a meeting or event because someone asks them personally.

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