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I got a tepid response to my last call for volunteers for the Netroots for the Troops CARE package assembly, staging and booth shifts in my last post so I'm doing another to see if we can get a few more slots filled.

At the moment, we have gaping holes on all three days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.) We need folks to help in the booth (which involves a number of tasks including helping get shipping paperwork together, stamping & assembling boxes, and soliticiting letters to go into the boxes), as well as helping to stage the items for the Big Event itself on Saturday.

We are in particular need of folks to be in the booth on Friday and Saturday and to take up some slack on Thursday, as well.

All the information is below. Please sign up now if you can help. That alleviates my stress level considerably.


- Chris


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Hi, folks. As I have for the past two years, this year I am again coordinating the volunteers for the Netroots for the Troops (NFTT) effort in a couple of weeks at Netroots Nation in San Jose. If you are unfamiliar with NFTT, click HERE.

If you are interested in helping us out, we could use all the volunteers we can get. There are three ways to volunteer:

  1. Help staff the NFTT booth on Thursday and Friday (with one person at the booth on Saturday).
  2. Help set up the staging area on Saturday morning where we will be assembling the CARE packages later that day.
  3. Help pack the CARE package boxes! (1 p.m. on Saturday.)

There are shifts set up for the booth on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. With a couple of exceptions, these are overlapping, 2-hour shifts that ensure we always have two people working at the booth. For the other two items, we need as many people as possible on hand. This is a big undertaking and the more people we have, the easier and more enjoyable it will be.

I have put up a spreadsheet using Google Docs where you can sign up for as much as you wish to. You can find it here:

Netroots for the Troops 2013 Volunteer Sign-up.

When you go to that page, you will see three tabs (look to the bottom left for the tabs.) Tab 1, which is where that link takes you, is the Booth Duty sign-up. We need one person for each shift. Simply fill in your name, phone number and email on the line for that shift. (If you are reluctant to provide that information publicly, please put your name there and then email your contact information at eclectablog [at] gmail.) I need your mobile phone number so I can track you down if you are a no-show ;)

Tab 2 is for the staging of the CARE package items on Saturday morning, 9am-1pm. Again, we need as many folks as possible.

Tab 3 is for the CARE package assembly which starts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Thanks in advance for signing up early and often. The more shifts we get filled early, the less heartburn I, your intrepid volunteer coordinator, will have.

Warm regards,

P.S. There is still time to donate and to help Team Eclectablog meet its fundraising goal of $2,000. You can do that HERE.

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Originally posted to Eclectablog - eclectic blogging for a better tomorrow on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 09:10 AM PDT.

Also republished by Netroots For The Troops®.

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