Charity And Community Service Task Force General Advice Page
Pointers and items to keep in mind when working charity events or otherwise supporting a charity
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These are just a few things to keep in mind when dealing with Charities and other such persons. If you have anything you'd like to add or feel that doesn't belong here please email Field Marshal Trenin Anara aka Christina Doane at VIC (At) maquis dot com.
Suggestions For Charity Work
Always investigate the Charity in question before donating money or time.
In addition to checking for a Charity's legitimateness (grin) you should check to see if its the kind of Charity you want to support, example if you're looking for supporting blood drives, the saving greyhounds group may not be for you. And that it offers something you can do, example if you are looking for something you can volunteer time for, a group that only takes money may not be what you need.
The point is to make sure that before you confirm yourself or your Chapter to a Charity or Charity Event that you make sure its a good fit for you. Some Chapters will get together and decide what they can do first then go and look for the Charity that fits that, whatever works for you. Each Chapter will be different, if you think you need help please feel free to contact the COS or anyone listed in the Community and Charity Task Force Committee page off of the Charity Main.
Once you have chosen a charity, make sure to stay as professional as possible. Items like keeping your promises, always good. It looks good on you, your Chapter, Zone, and MFI in general. An important thing to note is that if you have a good working relationship with one charity group, they can reccomend you to others if you wish. And perhaps they in turn can help you when you have a charity event you wish to do. Don't forget to make sure you ask all the questions you need, a good charity group will be happy you are interested and answer all of them.
You should make sure you know what the event coordinators will be supplying your people and what you need overall so you will know what you or your shipmates will need to provide yourselves. If you are dealing with money ensure that you know what you are to do with it every step of the way as most charities will have that information available. There may even be paperwork invovled. Communication is important not only will you need to make sure that your Chapters concerns/questions are addressed by the charity people but that the charity peoples information is past down to your Chapter. I know some of this is pretty basic but thats the point to help make sure new supporters of charity aren't left hanging. Some day if there is enough information here the Community and Charity Task Force will write a Academy course for now though we will endeavour to put out as much information as possible that our members may find useful.