Why Participate in a Community Outreach Program?
Your local association is a vital part of any community. Whether you live in a rural area, a small community or a large city, people are interested in the activities of people who have an impact on their lives and on the lives of their family or friends. As members of the United Education Profession, you and your local association play a vital role in shaping the lives of your area’s children and young adults. Study the flyer titled “Messages on Community Involvement” for additional rationale on why your local association should be involved in a community outreach program.
Many local associations have a communications program in place. Along with the internal communications that should be a part of every local association’s activities, you should also include a public relations (PR) program aimed at the community. If you do not have a PR program currently in place in your local association, this may be an excellent time to start one! All it takes is a little time, effort and money.
There are a number of ways your local association can reach out to the community:
- Community Newsletter
- Brochures on Education Topics for parents and/or community members
- Participation in Community Events, Service Groups, Economic Development Groups or other local groups
Samples of these are included in the start-up manual titled, “Developing a Community Outreach Program”.
If you would like more help in putting together a Community Outreach Program, contact your OEA Labor Relations Consultant or Communications/Political Action Consultant.
Whatever method you use, your goal is to reach parent, community leaders, and other who are viewed as the “movers and shakers” in your area so as to promote “Great Public Schools for Every Child.”