Everybody has something to contribute to the common good, whether it is a new idea on how to approach an issue or a strong …
Everybody has something to contribute to the common good, whether
it is a new idea on how to approach an issue or a strong arm in a
construction project. We often sit around wondering how to
encourage others to get involved in the causes we hold dear, and
it can be discouraging to see people turn their back on a
community that needs them.
Here are some ideas on how to help others realize what they have
to offer and how best to contribute.
: One important aspect of getting others
to participate is to let them know what is going on. A press
release is a good way to lay out the important details and
background information; plus, you can use the space to relate
your project to everyday life and current affairs. There’s no
guarantee that the press will pick up your story, but if you
don’t inform them of what’s going on, they definitely won’t
feature you. A good press release should be no longer than a
page and should include at least one quote from an organizer.
Flyers and posters
: While you’re waiting for the
media, you can do your own local advertising. Posters can go up
in businesses, including coffee shops or convenience stores; on
posts (in some areas); and in libraries. Always ask for
permission before posting something inside.
: One of the most powerful ways to encourage
others to get involved is to share your own passion. Don’t
preach to people and tell them how to live. Instead, try
telling stories about experiences you’ve had with the cause.
Or, provide interesting and personally relevant background
information and explain what motivates you to
or donate money.
It is important to always remember that you can’t force someone
to take interest in something. No matter how passionate you are
about a cause or program, you have to let people come to their
own conclusions. By being supportive of others’ interests and
spreading the word about your own, you can encourage others to
get involved in their community. And you may be surprised to find
out that they are already involved in a subtle way that you never
would have expected.