Strengthen Family Relationships through Education, Wholesome Activities, Fitness and Community Service.
Week of the Family Foundation, Inc.
FAMILIES ARE OUR MOST TREASURED RESOURCE “ As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” John Paul II
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
What do you want to accomplish?
Research on internet
Write down ideas
Needs in your area
City or county celebration
List of community & government leaders to contact
Use www.weekofthefamily.org as a help and resource.
FIRST THINGS FIRST!
Now you’re ready to contact your city or county officials. Present your plan. Ask for a Proclamation to show support of families in your community.
Contact YMCAs, Schools, Libraries, Churches, and other organizations and ask them to participate.
Look for appropriate community events going on at that time, and see if they would like to be part of your celebration.
ESTABLISH A PLANNING COMMITTEE
Put together a planning committee that consists of key individuals that can help make your Family Week a success. The more diverse your committee, the more ideas and resources. Example would be people from:
County & City
Plan initial meeting
Identify a chairperson
Assign areas of responsibility
Develop a timeline
What do we want to accomplish?
What activities can you plan to achieve objectives?
How much time and money will be needed?
How many activities can you conduct successfully? (Don’t bite off more than you can chew….)
Set up place and time for monthly meetings.
Choose a secretary to take minutes, keep track of assignments, and send out meeting reminders.
Come prepared with agenda so you accomplish your goal.
Always schedule an evaluation meeting. (Duplicate successes, learn from mistakes)
Local businesses, industry and media can help serve as sponsors. Companies can donate money, prizes or services to help promote events. Sponsors could be: banks, print shops, restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores, local media, etc. Members of the planning committee may also have valuable links to potential sponsors. When approaching a sponsor, be specific about what is needed.
SPONSORS & PARTNERS SPONSORS are those that help you monetarily. PARTNERS are those that put on events or activities. .
Well-planned activities will be disappointing if no one comes. The key is to advertise EARLY and OFTEN.
GET THE WORD OUT
Distribute flyers and posters in your community. They can be given to schools, YMCA’s, churches , businesses, etc..
Don’t forget to get your events posted on the web. Use community calendars, online newspapers, and city and county websites.
Contact all newspapers and radio stations.
Send press releases to all media sources.
TOOLS TO HELP
Following are helps we have provided for your use:
Letter to Community Leaders
Community Event Registration Form
Sign up for your own site on www.weekofthefamily.org
CUSTOMIZE WITH YOUR AREA
SAMPLE LETTER TO COMMUNITY LEADER Date The Honorable ( Name of Mayor or Elected Official ) City of ( Name of City ) Address City, State, Zip Dear ( Mayor/Elected Official ) We would like to invite you to support Week of the Family in our county and ask you to please consider issuing a proclamation stating that ( your dates ) is Family Week for (County). This will be a time to honor the most important institution in America – the family. Family Week is now being celebrated in many areas. We would like to join in that celebration , and a proclamation from you would send a strong message to our community that our families are important. We believe strong families are the foundation of strong communities. This will be a time that we can come together to recognize families through wholesome activities, education, and service. We hope you will support our families in (County) by issuing this proclamation. Respectfully yours, (Name) Week of the Family Committee
WHEREAS, the _________County Board of County Commissioners recognizes that __________ County is blessed with a multitude of families-an essential part of the cultural, social, and spiritual fabric; and
WHEREAS, the __________ County Board of County Commissioners recognizes strong families are at the center of strong communities; and
WHEREAS, everyone has a role to play in making families successful, including neighborhood organizations, businesses, nonprofit agencies, policymakers and of course, families themselves; and
WHEREAS, during the week of _______________, __________County residents should take time to honor the importance of families and to recognize the special connections that support and strengthen them throughout the year; and
WHEREAS, during this week, ____________ County families can take the opportunity to commit to enhancing and extending all of the connections that strengthen and enrich this most valuable institution; and
WHEREAS, __________ County joins Week of the Family Foundation, Inc. and other agencies and organizations throughout the county to honor and celebrate our families;
NOW THEREFORE, I _______________, by virtue of the authority vested in me as _______________, do hereby proclaim the week of _______________
As_____________ COUNTY’S WEEK OF THE FAMILY
AND INVITE ALL CITIZENS TO SHARE IN THE MANY FESTIVITIES PREPARED FOR THE OCCASION.
(Can be adapted for city or county)
www.weekofthefamily.org Fill out and RETURN the Community Event Registration Form if you would like to participate in our celebration. STARTING Week of the Family in your area click on “START A WOF IN YOUR AREA” on our home page and we will help you on your way.
Please complete the following registration form and return to : Week of the Family Foundation, Inc. [email_address] Event Name:__________________________________ Date/Time :___________________________________ Address:______________________________________ Contact Person:________________________________ Phone:_______________________________________ Email:_______________________________________ Brief Description:______________________________ COMMUNITY EVENT REGISTRATION FORM
SAMPLE PRESS RELEASE
CONTACT: (Your name & title)
PHONE: (Where you can be reached)
FOR RELEASE: (Date you want release printed)
(Your Organization’s name) will join with the Week of the Family Foundation, Inc. in celebrating Week of the Family_____________________(Dates)
The Mission of the Family Foundation is to Strengthen Family Relationships through Education, Wholesome Activities, Fitness and Community Service.
(Name of Business/Organization) will be joining in the celebration with (Description of Event)
To see all the activities going on during Week of the Family go to
List your URL
IDEAS FOR ACTIVITIES
FAMILY FUN DAY Sponsor a day where families can come together and have fun.
STORY TIME at Community Libraries
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT- encourage city to hold a family movie in the park.
BIKE RIDE, WALK AND FUN RUN
WRITING CONTESTS- Involve Schools
INVITE SPEAKERS to talk on helps for families
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT –”Families Helping Families.” (Check our website for ideas www.weekofthefamily.org )
Spend time with grandparents.
Make one night a week Family Night.
Take a family walk.
Go on a picnic.
Talk one on one to each child.
Make a commitment to eat dinner together.
Have a family meeting to plan things you can do together.
MAKE A PLAN AND DO IT !
COME JOIN IN THE FUN BE A PART OF STRENGTHENING FAMILIES IN YOUR COMMUNITY “ No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” David O. McKay