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1 This presentation was modified. The original version can be found at and is made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps alums and AmeriCorps

2 1.Introductions & AmeriCorps Week Goals 2.Why media outreach is important and how it can help generate awareness about your project 3.Different kinds of media and how to get press 4.A word from the field 5.Going viral: Grow the movement 6.Register Your Project 7.Where to get resources 8.Q & A 9.Conclusion Whats included? 2

3 More participation More funding Stronger pool of potential HandsOn Corps AmeriCorps members Stronger sense of community Engages broader range of people Great way to get recognition for efforts Media Matters 3

4 Serving as a VISTA has afforded me the opportunity to see transformation happen in community. Using my background and desire to work alongside community members has contributed to exponential growth in how residents and leaders are engaging each other. Community Gardens have been cultivated and learning circles are being used to make sure that communities stay vital and sustainable. – A.M. Rosier, 2 nd year VISTA, HandsOn Charlotte Words from the Field 4

5 AmeriCorps Week Messages AmeriCorps Tackles Americas Toughest Problems AmeriCorps Builds Lifelong Civic Leaders AmeriCorps is a Leading Driver of Social Innovation and Nonprofit Success AmeriCorps is Expanding 5

6 AmeriCorps Quick Facts 637,000 AmeriCorps members since Million Hours served by AmeriCorps members $1.77 Billion Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards earned by AmeriCorps members 2.4 Million Volunteers mobilized by AmeriCorps members in ,300 Number of organizations served by AmeriCorps members $6.3 Billion AmeriCorps funds invested in nonprofit and community groups since

7 Earned media Paid media Partnerships/Word of Mouth Different Kinds of Press 7

8 Newspaper – Event or Feature Story TV and Radio Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed Editorial Blog entry Earned Media Traditional PR activities: 8

9 TV commercials Print ads Blog ads or targeted search *Usually only good when have a large budget Paid Media 9

10 s to LISTSERVs Facebook/Twitter/MySpace Partner organizations Local businesses Blogs Word of Mouth 10

11 Show How AmeriCorps is Meeting a Local Need Focus on the three Es (environment, education and economic recovery) Invite a Local VIP Profile a Member Honor Alums – visit 10 Tips for Getting Press 11

12 Honor AmeriCorps VISTA and National Direct Members Highlight Recruitment Highlight the Convergence of Support Write a Letter to the Editor or Op-ed Get on Radio or TV 10 Tips for Getting Press Download the full list of tips at : 12

13 Timing of events Targeted media list List of documents/invitations/signage needed Main message for your organization Assigning responsibilities to specific individuals (whos doing what?) Step 1 : Create a Publicity Plan 13

14 Late morning or early afternoon are the best times to attract media Logo/branding identification for AmeriCorps and your organization Invite media when action is happening, not just speeches Have press info at event and on the internet Designate lead spokesperson who can deliver message Think visuals (TV wants fun and exciting visuals) Step 2: Plan Your Event with Media in Mind 14

15 Assemble your list to include: – Top editor, city/community editor for local paper – News editor/station manager of local TV – News editor/station manager of local radio station – Online editor/manager for locally-focused websites/blogs – Editors of special interest weeklies/monthlies Write a media advisory, alerting them to event Send out media advisory 10 days to 2 weeks before the event Step 3: Target Media Sooner than Later 15

16 Who, What, When, Where, Why Keep it short Most important information Most eye-catching information The Why is the top message of the event Make follow up calls Media Advisory 16

17 Sample Media Advisory For AmeriCorps Week Event For Immediate Release CONTACT: [NAME OF CONTACT PERSON] DATE [CONTACT INFO – PHONE AND ] [NAME OF AFFILIATE] Takes Part in AmeriCorps Week [City, State] -- As part of the nationwide AmeriCorps Week, May 8-15, [Name of Affiliate will honor HandsOn Corps AmeriCorps members who serve with their organization at [service project or event] on [date]. The event will feature [speaker] in recognizing the [number] of HandsOn AmeriCorps members who are [list activities and positions with [grantee]. In addition [describe other key program elements or service event, especially any element that makes the event unique, newsworthy, or visually appealing]. The public is invited to attend and take part in all these activities. Since its inception in 1994, 637,000 Americans have given more than 770 million hours of service through AmeriCorps, including [NUMBER FROM STATE PROFILE] from [STATE]. HandsOn Corps AmeriCorps members help students learn to read, mentor at-risk youth, provide health services, build homes for low-income families, and help nonprofits recruit more volunteers and better achieve their mission. WHAT: [EVENT OR SERVICE ACTIVITY] WHO: [HIGHEST RANKING SPEAKER/PARTICIPANT] WHERE: [ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS, INCLUDING ANY SPECIAL ACCESS FOR MEDIA] WHEN: [DATE AND TIME] [INSERT AFFILIATES BOILERPLATE ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION]. AmeriCorps Week, May 8-15, is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible. For more information, visit ### Sample Media Advisory 17

18 Send out a press release the morning of your event Make sure you are in communication with your networks and let them know about the event Stay in touch with bloggers Step 4: Send Press Releases-Alert Your Network 18

19 Your own article about the event Most important information in the headline and first paragraph Good quote from spokesperson or leader Number of people in attendance or expected In-line with messaging of the week/event Logo well-placed at top Press Release 19

20 Sample Press Release Insert Your Affiliate Logo Here For Immediate Release Local Contact: Insert Name National Contact: KaCey Venning Affiliate Name HandsOn Network Position Manager, AmeriCorps Member Development Contact number address [NAME OF AFFILIATE] Celebrates AmeriCorps Week AmeriCorps Members to be Recognized for Answering the Call to Service [CITY, STATE] [AFFILIATE] AmeriCorps, which has been in existence for nearly two decades, works with existing organizations to help them reach more people and better achieve their mission. In 2009, the nations 75,000 AmeriCorps members recruited 2.4 million community volunteers to serve alongside them in some 3,300 nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations across the country. We are proud to be part of AmeriCorps and grateful for the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done, said Lynn Wilson, Director of National Service at HandsOn Network, the national office that sub grants Corps members to [AFFILIATE]. AmeriCorps members have made a tremendous local impact allowing [AFFILIATE] to extend our outreach and services by recruiting [number #] of community volunteers to work alongside them, states [NAME], [TITLE]. Since 1994, 637,000 men and women have joined AmeriCorps, and they have given more than 770 million hours of service to their country. [AFFILIATE] is planning several events during AmeriCorps Week, allowing community residents to learn about, and participate in, AmeriCorps programs, including: [INSERT AMERICORPS WEEK EVENT INFORMATION HERE.] You can also join in the celebration through Twitter. Tweet into the conversation stream about the important work of AmeriCorps by searching for hashtags #handsoncorps, #acweek, #1000TWOL or [insert Affiliate hashtag here]. For more information contact us at [AFFILIATE WEBISTE AND CONTACT INFORMATION]and at About HandsOn Network HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, is the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries. HandsOn includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at about $600 million. For more information, please visit About HandsOn Corps The HandsOn Corps AmeriCorps program engages National Direct and VISTA members in service to mobilize local communities around critical issues and challenges. HandsOn Corps AmeriCorps members identify, train, and manage volunteer leaders who will then develop and manage high quality, impact-driven projects, engaging others and further enabling the work of grassroots nonprofit organizations. The HandsOn Corps model provides vital infrastructure and brings more skilled leaders into service focusing around 3 critical national issues: Education, Economy, and Environment. About Your Local Affiliate *** 20

21 Use the national story Tweet about it! ( Be sure to tweet about your event using the #1000TWOL hashtag to have your event recognized) Be creative and original! Invite local VIP Profile a member Highlight Recruitment – use your bookmarks, stickers, and brochures to pique the interest of 2,000 potential AmeriCorps Members! Tips for Getting Press 21

22 By getting media! Project that Gets Things Done… Service to the Corps HandsOn Corps celebrates AmeriCorps Week Serve America act and what the means nationally and locally. Prepared members to spread the word about AmeriCorps Celebrate AmeriCorps Week Information on specific local service projects Fast Facts about AmeriCorps 22

23 Where to Get More Resources 23

24 Where to Get More Resources 24

25 How are you using Social Media to promote your AmeriCorps Week Events? Visit our HandsOn Corps pages to update your event information Going Viral 25

26 Utilizing Facebook 26

27 Utilizing Facebook 27

28 Finding/Registering Projects 28

29 Find Events 29

30 Register Events 30

31 AmeriCorps Week Contest Consider submitting visual stories in the form of Photos and Videos from AmeriCorps Week activities to the HandsOn Corps AmeriCorps Week Contest (send submissions to Sites who successfully tell others about AmeriCorps by distributing all of their collateral (stickers, bookmarks, brochures, etc.) will be entered into contest Make sure we reach our goal - We are looking for 1000 Tweets of Light! #1000TWOL Contest opens May 8 th and runs until May 18 th Contest winner will receive a scholarship to the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New York City June 28 th – June 30 th

32 Helpful Websites AmeriCorps Week 2010 Website AmeriCorps Photo and Video Contest AmeriCorps Homepage United We Serve Facebook – Fan Us Twitter – Follow Us YouTube National Service Resource Center 32 HandsOn Network

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