Pledge Week Volunteers Needed

Mar 22, 2018

Spring has hit Western Montana which means that for us here at Montana Public Radio the annual spring pledge drive is on the horizon. We have been busy making preparations for this very busy and very important 9 days for Montana Public Radio, but it takes more than just the staff of MTPR to have a successful and fun pledge week.

Volunteers having fun while answering phones during pledge week.
Credit Anne Hosler

In the seven years that I’ve worked for Montana Public Radio, I have been blessed with getting to know some of our most dedicated listener supporters: our volunteers. We couldn't do the many jobs that need doing during pledge week without their help. Over the past several years, more volunteer jobs have been added, and I continue to see those jobs willingly taken up by volunteers. We know that it’s not easy to fit one more thing into our already busy daily schedules, but our volunteers make it look so. We really can’t say thank you enough! 

With spring pledge week fast approaching, we are seeking seasoned and new volunteers to add to the mix.  It all starts Saturday, April 7, and wraps up with our beloved Pet Wars grand finale, Sunday, April 15. Our signup calendar is online and ready for you to claim a spot if you want it!  There really is something for everyone. 

If you enjoy talking to people, would like to meet some of our hosts, or would like to just see our hosts in action, joining us in the phone room taking pledge calls is right up your alley. It’s helpful to have 2 to 3 hours to help on the phones, and we offer one-hour training sessions the week before.  You can find those on the Phone Shifts and Training signup. A training video is available online if you’d like to train at home.

If you prefer quiet, solitary work, and love organizing, then filing pledge forms in the front office is a great way to help. 

And if you can only manage set aside an hour for MTPR, you can sign-up to deliver a meal to the station from one of Missoula’s generous restaurants. Thanks to these generous businesses, volunteers and staff are well fed and always able to keep up with the fast pace of the week.

After the drive, the work continues with mailing out the hundreds of thank-you gifts to members who chose one when they made their spring pledge. Or, we’d love to have your help calling our newest members of the station in the few weeks following the pledge drive. 

Something I hear from volunteers from time to time is that helping at the station during a pledge drive is something that they’ve thought about doing for a long time, and that it feels good to finally just decide to do it. I can relate.     

Our volunteers are the heart of Montana Public Radio. Our listeners’ willingness to tend to the needs of Montana Public Radio during our pledge drives, and all year round, makes this service possible.

You can sign-up to volunteer here. If you need assistance signing up, please give me a call, 243-4988, or email suzanne.grist@mtpr.org.

I look forward to seeing you at the station this spring!