By Judie Protesto Freels
Is Fundraising adding an extra strain in Volunteering?
I know when my five children were young my hands were FULL. My first four were all within five years, and then our slice of heaven came along five years later. Needless to say, taking care of five children is a full time job. The wash alone would drive you crazy, and add in the sports and other activities – it was pretty insane.
Now add in being a full time business owner with my husband – AND have him become a volunteer firefighter after our home burnt down. Yikes. Needless to say, it came down to me relying on myself (in both family and business), no family to count on, and the few times I did count on Chuck, a call would come in and I would be stretched even thinner. Too bad this wasn’t a weight loss perk.
I stumbled across a website called Firefighters Wife by Lori Mercer, she quotes a rather startling statistic: “The divorce rate is exceptionally high in the fire service. Some indicate as high as 75%. And judging by the marital challenges and second marriages in the online private wives community, known as the Fire Wife Sisterhood, 75% seems rather accurate.” I know firsthand that this is probably true especially for volunteer firefighters
For volunteers, not only do they have to be on call 24/7, they also have to do the fundraising too. As if they don’t have enough to keep on top of within the fire department.
As the years passed, it became more obvious that the fundraising and donation money in our fire department became less. This started requiring even more fundraising, which required even more time away from family.
Does this sound familiar women?
How about you men? Are your wives getting a bit tired of you not only having to be there for your Community – but having to make sure you are fully funded to be there for them too?
I am sure it has all volunteers, men and women alike, wondering “Should I Quit?
I know I was tired on it. And I am sure I am not the minority on this feeling.
It was after one of our ‘you are kidding me – you have to do that when??’ fights I thought that there just HAD to be a better way.
And then C.A.S.P.E.R. was born.
Yes, it was a family contribution – but then we all were living with the same stress of helping keep the fire department funded, so we all had a vested interest with helping that happen. The added benefit? CASPER Provides Alerts and Warnings to your Community to help keep them safe during emergency situations and disasters.
While CASPER does not eliminate the time honored fundraising events that Communities love and help bond themselves together, CASPER does help with creating a residual stream of donations that your fire department can COUNT ON, month after month. This way, you can really enjoy those time honored festivals with your Community members, which is as it should be – since now know that what you collect in donations is just an added perk. Why? Because CASPER has you covered.
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