“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead
Within the greater movement, we’ve witnessed how powerful it is for small groups of people to come together to learn, brainstorm, and take action in their neighborhoods. Love146 Volunteer Teams are groups of people passionate about seeing abolition in their community.
JOIN A VOLUNTEER TEAM
These are groups around the world who gather together on a regular basis to learn more about trafficking and take action together. If you’re passionate about ending human trafficking, joining with like-minded people is a great way to extend your impact.
What does it take to start a Volunteer Team?
1. gather people.
So you want to start a Volunteer Team… but how do you get people to come along for the ride with you? First, take an inventory of who you already know that you can invite to join your Volunteer Team. Are you a member of a worshipping community? A student? A member of a community softball league? You only need a few committed people to begin the process of starting a Volunteer Team.
2. Read through The Abolitionist Curriculum
The Abolitionist Curriculum is designed to educate Volunteer Teams about different aspects of human trafficking and guide them through the process of becoming abolitionists in their area. Going through the Abolitionist Curriculum is a great way to get your Volunteer Team off the ground!
3. Your First Meeting
You’ve got enough people to schedule your first meeting. Now what? What should the first meeting look like? How should you prepare? The first module of the Abolitionist Curriculum is designed to guide Volunteer Teams through their first meeting—so don’t worry. We’ve got you covered on discussion topics! Make sure you familiarize yourself with the curriculum before the first meeting so you can answer any questions people may come with.
4. Empower Your Community
Once you’ve gone through the Abolitionist Curriculum, you’re ready to take charge of ending child trafficking and exploitation in your community through Community Empowerment Initiatives. We’ve got the resources and instructions you need to talk to the “eyes and ears” of your city. By talking to people like hotel owners, taxi drivers, and truck stops about what trafficking looks like, we can make sure that trafficking and exploitation can’t go on undetected.
5. Fundraise for Love146
We’ve seen a huge variety of fundraising ideas for Volunteer Teams—some people host benefit concerts at their school, others plan bike rides around their town, and some even plan events at breweries. Let the unique interests of the members in your specific Volunteer Team guide your brainstorming.
RESOURCES FOR Volunteer Teams
Whether you’re searching for a Love146 logo to use on your Volunteer Team t-shirt, videos to show at your next meeting, or event planning guides, the Love146 Downloads page has you covered.
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