"Here We Build" Looking For Volunteer Representatives
As the effort has grown, I have been counseled by numerous local experts, businesses, but above all….fans of our Sacramento Kings. I am just one voice, and I have said from the beginning that in order to give this effort the best chance of succeeding, we need to bring in the "smart people".
With that said, I will be forming a committee to help oversee the process of monetizing the effort, and maximizing the voices that have already been heard, but deserve to be heard even louder.
From the start, I have been blown away by the amount of people I have never met approaching me, all with the same question: "How can we help?" Until today, my only answer has been to direct them to our triad of online media outlets to pledge a donation. Today, that changes.
We are looking for a representative from the following sectors to volunteer their time, effort, and intellect into the Here We Build Campaign. Each person will head up his or her individual department that will bring their own unique abilities in moving this forward. After much input from many in the community, we have determined that we need very specific help. Before submitting yourself or your firm, please understand that the only compensation you will receive is the community goodwill toward your involvement, and the feeling that you helped try to make a difference. No one has, and no one ever will make one cent off of the Here We Build effort.
Please inquire at: CarmichaelDave@hotmail.com
Web development and web-based services, please put ‘Web Services’ in the subject line.
First and foremost (as I have maintained all along), there is nothing more important that making sure that every penny received will be returned should this effort fail. The odds are against us, and if people are going to donate money in these tough times, I want them knowing they are in good hands.
Your institution must be able to take on the task of receiving donations, placing them in trust, and most importantly: returning the pledges when/if the day comes.
We will need an additional branch to document and track the entire intake of pledges. Although I’m not an expert, I am sure that some departments will overlap each other. The more the merrier. Attaching your name and reputation will help ensure that all is transparent, so that we may focus on our common goal.
Perhaps the most important aspect. The legal aspects of this are vital. All must be transparent, publicly accessible, and airtight. The job of the legal will be to guarantee that all loopholes are closed, and everything is spelled out to the "t". There can be many complications in a groundbreaking effort like this, and we need a watchdog. Plain and simple.
Much of the PR has already been done, now it needs to be maintained. Our PR wing consists of Kings fans, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. However, there are the more "boring" aspects of that department. Press conferences, press releases, co-coordinating messages with our business partners, etc. The fans are already doing their part to spread the word. The PR wing can make sure those fans’ pleas are getting to as many people as possible.
While this project will grow more legs here very shortly, the foundation is on the internet. Most of what has and is about to transpire will be web based, and we need to make sure that we have a functioning website, and that site has to have the infrastructure to handle pledges, traffic, and to update on a moment’s notice.
Once donations start rolling in, ideally it would be nice to have certain items to spread the word. T-shirts, bumper stickers, car flags and the like are what we have in mind. If you are an entity that can produce items like this, on an absolutely no-cost basis, that would be great.
In addition to all the tracking and processing necessary for an undertaking like this, we will also need a streamlined method to receiving the actual dollars. We are looking for someone who specializes in receiving monies, like debit cards, credit cards, and other means of transfer.
As a final note to those professionals looking to volunteer, as we said before there will be no monetary compensation. You will appear on the website as a partner and member of the leadership team, and you are free to take advantage of the groundswell of positive PR that will generate. This movement is only going to grow stronger, with hundreds of thousands of eyes already looking on intently.
Through their hard work and selfless actions, Jiffy Lube of Sacramento has been on the receiving end of some fantastic publicity, and we have already shown our dedication to our business partners by using their products, and encouraging our friends to as well. Please consider what your monthly advertising budget is, and ask yourself if your time wouldn’t be more than compensated by the amount of goodwill and press your involvement will bring.
Most importantly, this is the right thing to do, and we need your help. Please.
I am confident once this team of experts is assembled; there is a good chance of bringing to light some aspects I may have overlooked. That’s why they’re the "smart" people. We will work very quickly to form this team, have a meeting, and hammer out the last bits of the next step. Once that is accomplished, we will hold a press conference to introduce the team, and lay out what the next step is. We are under the gun to say the least, so as I write this on a Sunday morning, I hope to have this assembled very early in the week.
I believe in lofty goals, and this entire movement is based on just that. I would like the Here We Build campaign to begin receiving its first hard pledges by the end of the week. I need help to make that a reality.
I know this is the "boring" part, but it is a necessary entity. I would prefer to spend all of my time out there tweeting, facebooking, and keeping momentum rolling. But at some point, all of your hard work and effort had to be rewarded with an infrastructure to support it. 9 out of every 10 questions I receive now are "where can I send my check". It’s a great question to have out there, and I would finally like to answer it.
We have arrived in a new month, and I feel like we have reversed an old saying. March went out like a lamb, and it was April that came in like a lion. Feel the Roar has never been more apropos. You all have made your voice heard, and the powers that be are taking notice. We are showing them how to get things done, not by grandstanding and having backroom meetings, but by rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty.
Win or lose, succeed or fail, I believe we are well on our way to showing not just our city leaders, but the entire nation that the people of the Sacramento region will not go out quietly, and will not roll over without a fight.
In this day and age of job loss, housing problems, and the myriad of other catastrophes we all try to bring our families safely through, we recognize that it’s those little diversions that matter more than ever. Being able to come home and watch your hometown team, win or lose is worth its weight in gold… when it means you can have a little peace inside your head. That strikes a nerve with just about anyone.
We have come together and started the momentum. Now we need your help to keep it going.
I am truly humbled by the outstanding response. I promise that I will not rest until we have resolution. I’m only looking for people with the same outlook that can help Here We Build get there.
Thank you again, and GO KINGS!!!
- Carmichael Dave
Pass it on, volunteer your services if you have the ability. This thing is starting to roll.