A few representatives of Relay For Life of Cullman County attended the Relay University on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Decatur. The event was moderated by Linda Harless and Karen Woldahl. Linda is a volunteer with Relay For Life of Hale County and Karen is a volunteer with Relay For Life of Decatur and with the Nucor Steel team.
More than two dozen Relayers from events around North Alabama attended the event, with topics ranging from the roles of team captains and team members to fundraising and incentives, ACS programs and services, resources, ACS CAN and more.
ROLES OF TEAM CAPTAINS AND TEAM MEMBERS
Rather than defining the roles of team captains and team members, those attending the event were asked to describe some of the traits that are beneficial in each role.
Descriptive words for Team Captains included: Manager, Communicator, Inspiring, Creative, Dependable, Committee, Motivator, Encourages, Passionate, Listener, Understanding, Flexible, Organized.
Karen said it is important for team captains to delegate, especially jobs that don’t necessarily fall into their skill set. For example, if you’re not good with numbers, find another team member who is to handle your team’s finances.
Descriptive words for Team Members included: Supportive, Dependable, Ambassador, Cooperative, Giving, Follower, Laborer, Respectful (as well as Passionate, Communicator, Flexible).
HOW MANY MEMBERS ON A TEAM?
As many as the team captain can manage and whatever works for you.
Reach out to survivors and caregivers to be a part of your team, because they will “make for a more passionate Relayer.”
Teams with survivors raise on average $2,300 more than those that don’t.
Don’t forget to DELEGATE; put people in positions where their talents fit best. Determine what needs to be done and delegate those jobs.
CARE for your team, because they are the most important part of Relay.
C = Communicate
A = Appreciate
R = Resource/Recruitment
E = Empower, Engage and Excite
BE PREPARED TO TELL PEOPLE WHERE THE MONEY GOES
The American Cancer Society is 2nd only to the federal government for providing funds for research grants.
Relay For Life is the #1 fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
MAKING THE ASK
Face to face works better than phone or email. Practice before you ask. Be prepared to answer questions. Follow up. Don’t give up
Take time to understand who you’re talking to and what they want to know.
Make it personal
Link it back to ACS
View this video to hear one survivor’s personal story.
If they say no: Thank them for their time, invite them to Relay, if they can’t afford to give money, ask if they want to help by volunteering their time and/or talents.
ACS CAN (Cancer Action Network)
ACS CAN is the lobbying arm of the American Cancer Society and is separate from Relay For Life. Membership is $10 annually and provides members information on efforts legislative efforts locally, state and nationally. Members receive emails detailing bills supported by the ACS or bills opposed by ACS. The emails usually have a simple link members can use to send a letter to their specific legislator so that their voice can be heard. Members can send the letter as is or update them with their own information or thoughts.
Lobby Day for Alabama will be held Tuesday, March 1 in Montgomery from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., everyone is welcome. Contact Haley Marecle to help arrange carpooling.
There are four types of fundraising for Relay For Life:
- Individual: fundraising efforts by one person through different was (letters, homemade crafts, etc.) Types of fundraisers shared include: football square game, March Madness bracket, crafts, jewelry parties, letters.
- Online: fundraising utilizing the Relay For Life webpage or the American Cancer Society Fundraising app. Other online fundraisers include things like the Booster t-shirt sales, Snow Day Virtual Snowball Fight (people were tagged online to donate $10 using email and Facebook, and they tagged someone else and so on)
- Team: fundraising events hosted by teams: Painting parties, prize drawings, themed baskets, haunted house, give back nights at restaurants, special brand from craft brewery, mystery prize auction, lip sync battle where someone pays $10 to sing, $10 to nominate someone to sing and $10 to get out of singing
- Onsite: fundraising at the Relay For Life event: Team t-shirts, funnel cakes, photo booth, repeating song until a donation goal is met.
Incentives are offered to individuals and team members. A team can choose to forgo the individual incentive prizes and use their team total to collect an incentive prize they can use as a fundraiser the next year. Tell your ACS staff partner if you wish to do this.
Teams that use incentive prizes to raise money earn more than 300% more than teams that don’t.
An additional incentive this year is a team incentive based on the amount raised by the team as a whole, with incentives offered starting at the $25,000 mark.
BENEFITS OF RELAY FOR LIFE
Making an investment to save lives in the future.
“Your community may not find the cure for cancer, but your community can help fund a cure.”