Volunteer Advocates Who Are Also Available for the Houston Task Force
Lone Survivor Foundation has a small staff, but we’re doing big things! In 2011, we conducted just four therapeutic retreats. In 2017, we conducted thirty-eight retreats and we’re working on building a second retreat facility so that we can keep reaching more of the families that need us. This exponential growth was accomplished through the power of word-of-mouth marketing thanks to a community of supporters who believe in our mission. If your passion for the veteran community runs deep, and you want to learn how you can directly assist LSF’s efforts, we invite you to join us as a Volunteer Advocate!
Our Volunteer Advocates are a nationwide extension of our team who come together with the shared mission to restore, empower, and renew hope to our wounded service members. They are our boots on the ground and our voices in the community who spread our message much further than our small staff could on our own.
We empower our Advocates to help the LSF mission in several ways:
- LSF Volunteer Advocates Facebook Group
We communicate to our team of Volunteer Advocates online through a Facebook Group where Advocates can engage directly with staff and with each other. We also have live Q&A sessions, share tips on networking, and discuss our current needs and goals as well as ask for the feedback of the community.
- PsychArmor Institute Training
We’ve arranged for all of our Advocates to have access to a custom designed series of courses from the PsychArmor Institute. These courses are designed to help you engage effectively with the military community and they cover military cultural competency and the Invisible Wounds that our retreat program focuses on.
- LSF Education
Advocates receive a booklet titled “The Volunteer Field Manual: Everything you need to know about Lone Survivor Foundation.” This booklet includes information on our history, our program, and all of the different ways our supporters can become involved with LSF.
WHAT OUR VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES DO
The primary function of our Volunteer Advocates is to engage directly with Lone Survivor Foundation as a community of supporters who are actively involved in the Foundation’s goals. Advocacy looks different for each individual as everyone has different interests, strengths, and personal networks. The following are just a few examples of ways that Volunteer Advocates have chosen to harness their passion and get involved.
- Share LSF messages and graphics with their personal social media networks
- Invite their friends to like and share LSF social media posts
- Add LSF events to local calendars and share with their networks
- Share information about LSF in online groups
- Create online fundraising campaigns using Everyday Hero or Facebook Fundraisers
- Request auction item donations for LSF fundraising events
- Attend networking groups
- Host third-part beneficiary events
- Speak to employers about hosting military awareness and fundraising events
- Attend events on our behalf as a representative for LSF
- Educate personal, business, and governmental networks about LSF and present opportunities to support the Foundation
LSF Advocates are asked to help us network in their local community in whatever ways they are able and to engage with potential donors, sponsors, fundraisers, volunteers, and retreat participants. LSF Swag can be earned through referrals that lead to a successful outcome in the following categories:
- Major Donors
- Corporate Sponsors
- Beneficiary Event Organizers
- Event Sponsors
Houston Task Force
The Houston Task Force is a group of Volunteer Advocates who are also available to help us staff events, complete occasional administrative tasks, and attend volunteer meetings in person in the greater Houston area. Members of the Houston Task Force will be asked to join a second Facebook Group so that we can communicate about in-person volunteer opportunities.
Most Volunteer Opportunities will consist of staffing our merchandise booth and networking at events which are managed by third-parties to benefit Lone Survivor Foundation. Volunteers are asked to use their personal cell phones to collect payments via credit card via the free PayPal HERE app at these events.
There are also a limited number of opportunities to help in our corporate office, located at 610 and Kirby in Houston. Typical assignments include helping with mailings and light data entry.
The Houston Task Force also participates in quarterly Volunteer Meetings to discuss the Foundation’s current goals.
- A Facebook account is strongly recommended as the majority of communications will happen via Facebook through our Volunteer Advocates Group. We also ask that volunteers join the LSF Supporters Facebook Group which is linked to our official Facebook page.
- LSF Volunteer Advocates are enthusiastic veteran advocates who represent Lone Survivor Foundation. As such, we ask that they read the Volunteer Field Manual and become familiar with the LSF Program.
- Volunteers must accept the Volunteer Agreement and the Volunteer Release of Liability upon signing up. The forms will be available online and will also be mailed to you.
REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO THE HOUSTON TASK FORCE
- LSF employs a small staff. When you commit to a volunteer assignment, you become a valuable member of the LSF Team and play an important role in the success of the mission. LSF understands that things can happen that may interfere with your ability to volunteer. However, when a volunteer cancels or doesn’t show up to a shift that they have committed to, it can put a strain on the Foundation and fellow volunteers. If a volunteer is assigned to help with an event, cancellation may also impact the agreement that the Foundation has made with the Event Organizers who have chosen LSF as a beneficiary. Therefore, we ask that our volunteers not make any commitments that they may be unable to fulfill.
- Volunteers are required to wear a Lone Survivor Foundation shirt when working at events. One will be provided to you upon signing up. Additional shirts can be earned through service. Some events may require a different dress code, and this information will be provided on the invitation to sign up for the volunteer assignment.
- Since most events are not managed by LSF, there may be times when we don’t have complete details for our volunteers. While we make every effort to get you all of the information that you need about an event, a good attitude and the ability to improvise and adapt are required!
- Volunteers are asked to use their personal cell phones to process purchases and donations through the free PayPal HERE app.
How to Sign Up
- Click here to be taken to the sign up page. You will enter all of your contact information and acknowledge your acceptance of the Volunteer Agreement and Release of Liability.
- You will receive confirmation from LSF staff along with instructions on how to join the appropriate Facebook groups and access your training.