A PEP supporter who I haven’t heard from in a while stopped by my office while I was out and asked a question I hear a lot from supporters of the idea of a Peace Economy. I’ve amended the email I sent him in response so that you can see for yourself how you can GET MORE INVOLVED WITH THE PEACE ECONOMY PROJECT!
It’s wonderful to know that you’re looking to get more involved with PEP. Here are a few brief thoughts I have about how you can take that next step:
-1- I hope you look for our “Take Action” segment of our monthly EZines – there’s usually at least one thing you can do in there. Not getting our monthly EZine? Email pep [at] PeaceEconomyProject.org with the Subject “EZine Sign-up” to get signed up! If you live in the St Louis area, also write “Local” in the subject and we’ll make sure to keep you posted about upcoming events, too! Not enough, perhaps? A-o-k!
-2- A lot of what we ask volunteers to do is research and writing – if you’re interested in this, let me know… this can range from hard, academic research to blog-type, more introspective or creative pieces and everything in-between. I’d be happy to get you involved with this, if you’re interested.
-3- We’re building for our annual spring concert (www.PeaceEconomyProject.org/site/events.php) and there’s a lot associated with this that we could use a hand with. From setting up the concert, finding and transporting some tables and chairs to the show, selling tickets before the show (to friends and/or taking a shift at a local coffee house), soliciting donations for our silent auction, baking for the bake sale… all these things and more are needed to help make this event a success.
-4- Letters to the editor. We have a “Strategic Public Opinion Campaign” (SPOC) where we have people like yourself sign up and, as news articles that relate to our issues come up, we help you form and submit effective letters to the editor of the Post-Dispatch.
-5- And, of course, there’s always financial assistance, too. Anything you can do is a huge help to us – our budget is very modest and our overhead is very low. Any amount of money or other contributions that you can send our way, will go a long way. (Perhaps you could donate some skills/talents/supplies/treats/services to our selection of silent auction items? You could write that off as a charitable donation and it’d be helpful and a desired “item” to make available for people to bid on!)
If you can do any of these things or even 2 or all 5, it would be a great help. No matter what, sitting down and chatting so that I know what some of your passions are as well as your perspective and the ways you’d like to be engaged would be a great start to getting more involved!
Thanks so, so, so very much for being proactive and letting me know that you’re interested in being involved!
If you want to get more involved, write pep [at] PeaceEconomyProject.org and we’ll see how you can fit into the PEP community!