The Watershed Alliance’s success depends on people power: an ever-expanding pool of community members who are able and willing to act as good stewards of our natural spaces — whether in their own backyard or public property.
We rely heavily on volunteers to plant trees, remove invasive species, clean up litter, and spread the word about the important work we’re doing.
In 2021, we’re looking to recruit 10-20 volunteers who’ll serve as Watershed Advocates.
The role of a Watershed Advocate is to use email and social media to spread the word about the Watershed Alliance’s work. As a key component of that, we’re hoping each Watershed Advocate will make a good faith effort to raise $250 for the Watershed Alliance between July 4th and Labor Day, as part of our Watershed Celebration 2021. At a few key junctures this summer, we’ll also ask Watershed Advocates to share our posts on social media and to ask people to subscribe to our email newsletter.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How will the Watershed Advocates raise funds?
We are using GiveLively, which provides a no-fee platform for nonprofits to have their volunteers raise money on the nonprofit’s behalf. You’ll create your own fundraising page for us on GiveLively and use its tools to share that on social media and via email.
2. Is it really no-fee?
Yes and no. GiveLively charges the Watershed Alliance nothing. Credit card donations remain subject to the standard fees that all credit card processors apply.
3. How does the fundraising work?
Any Watershed Alliance supporter can visit our GiveLively campaign and then click on the button (to the right or below depending on your device) that reads: “I want to Fundraise for This.” You’ll then be prompted to create an account.
Alternatively, you can go straight to setting up your account.
Once you’ve created your account, you are brought to a page where you are encouraged to upload a photo of yourself.
Then, you’re asked to write a note in your own words why you are supporting the Watershed Alliance and why you hope your friends donate. This should be 2-4 sentences and talk about some specific way Clark County’s streams, rivers, or lakes benefit you and/or benefit the people of Clark County.
You’re then encouraged to set a goal for the dollars you hope your friends collectively donate, although you can skip that and have no specific goal.
You can add a picture or video if you’d like. The picture could be some pretty spot in Clark County (preferably with water in it!). It could have people in it or not. It could have you (or a family member) in it or not. If you don’t have anything appropriate, feel free to cut and paste any picture from our webpage, or you can email email@example.com and she’ll email you one.
Once you’ve set up your page and like the way it looks, you can click on the link to Share this Page, which offers up options to directly post on Facebook, Tweet, LinkedIn, or to just get the link that you can copy and post directly yourself in an email, text message, or social media post.
4. Should I do something to help spur my friends to donate?
Most people who raise money for a cause explain to their friends why the organization/cause is important and then ask directly for a donation.
Some people who fundraise for a cause also like to do some sort of “pledge” or “activity” as added motivation for their friends to donate.
For example: “I’ll be volunteering 10 hours this summer and I’m asking my friends to donate $25 to the Watershed Alliance as a match for my volunteer time.”
Another example: “To help draw attention to the importance of Burnt Bridge Creek, I’ll be walking the entire 13 mile length of the Burnt Bridge Trail, with the hope that my friends will each donate $10 to support the Watershed Alliance’s work.”
Other ideas: “Paddle on Vancouver Lake,” “Plant 25 trees,” “Clean up litter for 5 hours,” or even “Go on a strike refusing to shower until enough people donate.” Okay, the last option’s pretty silly.
The point is it’s entirely up to you if you want to “offer” to do something to spur your friends to donate or stick with a more general plea.
If you do want to offer something specific, just include the activity you’re pledging to do as part of the personal note you’ll create on GiveLively.
Then start spreading the word!
5. Do I need to donate myself?
No, Watershed Advocates do not have to donate. However, we do feel most Watershed Advocates will want to make at least a small donation (even $5) on their own fundraising page in order to help build momentum towards their goal.
6. When will the fundraising take place?
The Watershed Celebration 2021 will run from July 4th to Labor Day, so we’re hoping our Advocates raise their funds during that window. It’s okay to begin as late as mid-August. If this summer won’t work for you, but you’d like to do something for us later in the year, email Sunrise@TheWatershedAlliance.org and we can follow up with you individually then.
7. How will the funds raised be used?
The Watershed Alliance’s top priorities for 2021 are to:
Increase the scale of our stewardship events. We’re hoping our big, fall Make a Difference Day will plant 3,500 trees and involve at least 200 volunteers;
Move all of our waterway-specific restoration projects forward. This includes Gee Creek (near Ridgefield), Manley Creek (near Battle Ground), Burnt Bridge Creek (Vancouver), and a new project we expect to launch this fall to keep septic pollution out of the East Fork of the Lewis River;
Hold new workshops as part of Don’t Drip and Drive; and
Continue to promote Backyard Habitat Certification, in which we work with homeowners to promote native plants on their own properties.
Bottom line: funds raised by Watershed Advocates as part of our Watershed Celebration 2021 will help ensure the Alliance has the funds to research and prepare for new restoration projects, improve our online tools to educate and engage more people, and to ensure we can transition back to larger in-person stewardship events as COVID protocols are removed.
8. What if I have more questions?
Email our Executive Director, Sunrise O’Mahoney, Sunrise@TheWatershedAlliance.org.
9. Can I see an example of a page?
Example 1: Sunrise O’Mahoney, from a staff member.
Example 2: Emily Waters, from a board member.
Example 3: Kari Mullikin, from a volunteer.
10. What if I’m ready to sign up?
Just set up your GiveLively account and follow the instructions!