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Volunteering

Join The Ark's Volunteer Ambassador Team

The Ark Ambassador Week, Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28, was a success. Ark volunteers and friends took their involvement to the next level, encouraging others to spread the word and make a difference in our community.

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Your Role

During Ambassador Week, the many voices of our volunteers and supporters came together to spread awareness of The Ark’s vital work and the transformative renovation and expansion of our home in West Rogers Park. At any time, encourage your friends, family, and social networks to learn more, donate, or even volunteer alongside you. Your passion and dedication will help us reach more people and get them excited about The Ark.

Here’s How it Works

 

You can choose to participate and connect with your network in ways that are meaningful to you and through whatever communications are natural for you, whether email, text message, phone call, or social media. There are many ways you can encourage your friends and family to get involved. Start by taking action yourself, here’s how: 

 

 

For your outreach, you can copy and paste our sample language below, share The Ark’s social posts, or even create a Facebook fundraiser. Consider adding a personal touch by creating your own message. By sharing your own story, you’ll show others The Ark’s impact, not only on the people we serve, but also on you. Consider the following questions to add detail and craft a personalized message as a part of your outreach.

 

  • Why is The Ark important to you?
  • Why is volunteering for The Ark meaningful to you?
  • Describe a meaningful interaction or activity that stands out to you. (Remember not to share any identifying information about any clients you met.)
  • What are you most looking forward to about The Ark’s new building?
  • Why should others learn more about The Ark and get involved?

 

If you have any questions or need any support, please reach out to Dani Greenwald, Development Manager, at 773-973-0335 or ambassadors@arkchicago.org. 

 

See the Toolkit below and click on each of the sections for sample copy and images that you can use to craft your message.

 

 

Ambassador Toolkit

Share a Personal Message

Here’s a sample email to copy, paste, and send at anytime during Ambassador Week.

 

Dear Friends and Family, 

 

Some of you know, I volunteer for an amazing organization called The Ark, which provides free, comprehensive human services to all Chicagoland Jews who are facing life’s challenges and in need of a lifeline of support. Every year, The Ark helps thousands of clients receive medical and dental care; prescription medications; kosher food; mental health services; assistance with finances, employment, and housing; and more. It’s a warm and welcoming community that treats every client, volunteer, and staff member with kindness and respect. 

 

The Ark is expanding to meet the growing needs of our community and needs our support to help make their work possible. It’s a momentous year, and The Ark has embarked on a major renovation and expansion of its home in West Rogers Park, so that their extraordinary team of professionals may serve clients with the dignity they deserve. 

 

I am passionate about The Ark’s vital work and would love for you to learn more and support the organization alongside me. There are many ways you can get involved: 

 

  • Visit The Ark’s Building Our Future website to learn more about the new building and donate to support the project. 
  • Follow The Ark on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn) to stay in the loop. 
  • Sign up for The Ark’s digital newsletter (from the bottom of the website home page) for the latest news and updates. 
  • Collect and donate kosher food for the Food Pantry. Check out The Ark’s Food Pantry wish list for most needed items. Call 224-341-9143 to arrange a drop off at 3525 W. Peterson Ave, Chicago, or drop off at 3100 Dundee Rd, Suite 802, Northbrook from Mon.-Thurs., 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
  • Invite The Ark to your Jewish community group for an educational program designed for all ages. 

It would mean so much to me if you joined me in supporting The Ark. Thank you for helping to make a difference for individuals and families in our community! 

 

Thank you! 

[Your Name] 

 

Copy, paste, and send this text message at any time during Ambassador Week.

 

Hi! I’ve been volunteering for The Ark, which provides free comprehensive human services to all Chicagoland Jews. I’m passionate about the work and would love for you to learn more and support alongside me, so we can help The Ark expand and meet the growing needs of our community. Check it out here arkchicago.org/buildingourfuture. 

 

Do you prefer to call your friends and family or speak with them in person rather than sending a written message?

 

We certainly encourage you to strike up a conversation and share what The Ark means to you. You’re welcome to use the sample language in our Toolkit as a guide for key points and suggestions for how your friends and family can get involved at The Ark. Please direct folks to our website, social media pages, or main phone line at 773-973-1000 for more information about The Ark’s work and ways to support.

Post on Social Media

Post once per day on the platform(s) you choose, or you can share The Ark’s posts during Ambassador Week on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

Use your own photos or choose from our selections in the Ambassador Toolkit to help boost your post in the feed. Please tag @arkchicago, and use #ArkAmbassadorWeek on all posts! 

 

Each day has a specific focus, or you can forge your own path! What’s most important is that you show your passion and ask your friends and family to get involved in meaningful ways. 

Encourage your friends and family to donate to The Ark’s Building Our Future Campaign. 

 

Facebook:

#ArkAmbassadorWeek kicks off today, and I’m sharing my passion for @arkchicago and their vital work to help Chicagoland Jews facing life’s challenges. The Ark needs our support to make it possible to expand and meet the growing needs of our community. Join me to support a major building renovation to serve Ark clients with the dignity they deserve. Learn more and donate here: arkchicago.org/buildingourfuture 

 

Instagram:

I love volunteering for @arkchicago and can’t wait for their new building in West Rogers Park to open in the Fall of 2023 when we will expand services for Chicagoland Jews facing life’s challenges. Join me in support of The Ark with a donation via the link in my bio. #ArkAmbassadorWeek arkchicago.org/buildingourfuture 

 

Twitter:

Join me in supporting @arkchicago this week! This great org is expanding and needs our support to meet the growing needs of our community. Learn more and donate arkchicago.org/buildingourfuture #ArkAmbassadorWeek

 

LinkedIn:

I volunteer for @arkchicago and I’m excited to be part of #ArkAmbassadorWeek. I care deeply for The Ark’s work to provide free, comprehensive human services to all Chicagoland Jews who are facing life’s challenges. The Ark is expanding to meet the growing needs of our community and your support helps make the work possible. The Ark has embarked on a major renovation and expansion of its home in West Rogers Park so more people can get the personalized care and support they need. Please consider donating to support The Ark: arkchicago.org/buildingourfuture.

 

Encourage your friends and family to follow The Ark on social media. 

 

Facebook:

If you don’t already know about @arkchicago let me tell you about this impactful Jewish nonprofit providing wraparound human services in Chicagoland, including physical and mental health, pharmacy, kosher food, housing, employment services, and more. Follow them on Facebook and across all social platforms to see all they do. I’m proud to support them and think you should too! #ArkAmbassadorWeek

 

Instagram:

I’m inspired by @arkchicago and their impactful work serving Chicagoland Jews who need support with physical and mental health, pharmacy, kosher food, housing, employment services, and more. If you’re not yet following their Instagram and other social platforms, check them out to see all they do! #ArkAmbassadorWeek

 

Twitter:

@arkchicago is one of my favorite Chicagoland nonprofits. Follow them here and all social platforms to see their work and impact #ArkAmbassadorWeek

 

LinkedIn:

There are many human services organizations, but @ark-chicago is one of the best. Serving Jewish individuals and families in a number of ways ranging from physical and mental health, pharmacy, kosher food, housing, and more, this nonprofit is one to watch. Follow their LinkedIn page or any of their other social platforms to learn more about their work and impact. #ArkAmbassadorWeek

Encourage your friends and family to sign up for The Ark’s digital newsletter. 

 

Facebook:

I can’t say it enough. @arkchicago offers a level of personal care that is unmatched in the Chicagoland community. Empathetic and powered by the generosity of our community, The Ark’s professionals provide free, confidential services to clients in need. Sign up for The Ark’s e-newsletter at the bottom of the home page on arkchicago.org. #ArkAmbassadorWeek

 

Instagram:

I can’t say it enough. @arkchicago offers a level of personal care that is unmatched in the Chicagoland community. Empathetic and powered by the generosity of our community, The Ark’s professionals provide free, confidential services to clients in need. Sign up for The Ark’s e-newsletter at the bottom of the home page on arkchicago.org. #ArkAmbassadorWeek

 

Twitter:

@arkchicago offers a level of personal care for clients that is unmatched. Free, confidential services for Jewish Chicagoans in need. Sign up for the e-newsletter at the bottom of the home page arkchicago.org and stay connected. #ArkAmbassadorWeek

 

LinkedIn:

I can’t say it enough. @arkchicago offers a level of personal care that is unmatched in the Chicagoland community. Empathetic and powered by the generosity of our community, The Ark’s professionals provide free, confidential services to clients in need. Sign up for The Ark’s e-newsletter at the bottom of the home page on arkchicago.org. #ArkAmbassadorWeek

Encourage your friends and family to collect and donate kosher food for The Ark’s Food Pantry. 

 

Facebook:

Do something good today! Start a collection drive for @arkchicago to support the kosher Food Pantry in Chicago or Northbrook. They need help replenishing high priority items on the wish list: arkchicago.org/our-services/food-assistance. Not in Chicagoland? Make a donation! Everything helps. #ArkAmbassadorWeek https://arkchicago.org/make-a-gift/donate-now 

 

Instagram:

Join me this week to make an impact for @arkchicago and help meet the food insecurity needs of Jews in Chicagoland. You can start a collection drive for the kosher Food Pantry’s most needed items on the wish list or make a donation to support. Check out the link in my bio for details. #ArkAmbassadorWeek https://arkchicago.org/our-services/food-assistance

 

Twitter:

One of the best ways to help our community is collecting kosher food for @arkchicago Food Pantry. You can help restock the items on their wish list or donate to support arkchicago.org/our-services/food-assistance #ArkAmbassadorWeek

 

LinkedIn:

Across Chicagoland, many of our neighbors face food insecurity. It can be difficult to source affordable nutritious food that meets personal dietary needs and restrictions, like kosher certified. For Jewish individuals and families who need kosher food, @arkchicago is there to help. The kosher Food Pantry provides monthly groceries through a client choice model at no cost, but they need the support of the community to keep the shelves stocked. Consider starting a collection drive or making a donation to support. Learn more at arkchicago.org/our-services/food-assistance #ArkAmbassadorWeek

Encourage your friends and family to invite The Ark to facilitate an educational program for their Jewish community group of adults and/or children of all ages.

 

Facebook:

#ArkAmbassadorWeek is wrapping up, but it’s never too late to learn more about @arkchicago and get involved. 1 in 5 Chicagoland Jews struggle to make ends meet, and The Ark is always there to help. You can invite The Ark to your Jewish community group of any and all ages to share more about the challenges in our community and how they help. Learn about what you can do to support and spread awareness of The Ark’s great work. Find out more at arkchicago.org/volunteer/jewish-community-groups

 

Instagram:

Even though #ArkAmbassadorWeek is coming to a close, the work of @arkchicago continues. Did you know that 1 in 5 Chicagoland Jews struggle to make ends meet? The Ark facilitates meaningful programs for kids and adults of all ages to share more about the challenges in our community and how they help. You can invite The Ark to your Jewish community group to learn more about the work and how to get involved. I highly recommend it! Visit the link in my bio to find out more. arkchicago.org/volunteer/jewish-community-groups

 

Twitter:

1 in 5 Chicagoland Jews struggle to make ends meet. @arkchicago shares more in programs for all ages about the challenges in our community and how they help. You can invite them to your Jewish community group to learn more arkchicago.org/volunteer/jewish-community-groups #ArkAmbassadorWeek

 

LinkedIn:

Did you know that 1 in 5 Chicagoland Jews struggle to make ends meet? Organizations like @arkchicago help bridge those gaps and develop plans to gain and maintain stability. You can learn more about the challenges in our community, how The Ark helps, and how you and your network can get involved by inviting The Ark to facilitate a meaningful program for your Jewish community group of kids and adults of all ages. The Ark is always there to help, and you can be, too! Find out more at arkchicago.org/volunteer/jewish-community-groups. That’s a wrap for #ArkAmbassadorWeek, but the community need and the organization’s work continue year-round. Stay connected and make an impact!

Help Raise Crucial Funds

If you’re on Facebook, you can create a fundraising page for The Ark and share it with your Facebook friends. It’s easy to do and can make a big impact! Your loved ones support you and will want to support the causes you care about.

 

  1. Go to http://www.facebook.com/fund/arkchicago. 
  2. Set a goal for how much money you want to raise, e.g., $500 or $1,800. 
  3. Set an end date. Consider keeping your fundraiser open through GivingTuesday on November 29, 2022, and continuing to promote it during this international celebration of giving and generosity. 
  4. Name your fundraiser, e.g., David’s Fundraiser for The Ark or Join David to Build The Ark’s Future. 
  5. Add a personal message about why you support The Ark. 
  6. Click Create. 
  7. Make the first donation to kick it off and set an example for your friends and family. 
  8. Share the link on your feed and ask your friends and family to donate. 
  9. Thank your donors! Let them know how much their contribution means to you and The Ark. 
  10. Celebrate your impact. 

Visit The Ark’s Building Our Future website to learn more about our new building, and donate to the campaign for a expanded and renovated new home for The Ark in West Rogers Park. With your help, we will have the capacity to serve more fellow Jews from Chicago and the suburbs with vital human services and new programming, all with the dignity they deserve.