'Just One' campaign stresses importance of volunteers

Campaign: After weeks of mystery, the Just One campaign was revealed to residents of Evart. The campaign, created by members of the Evart Chamber of Commerce, stresses the importance of volunteerism and asks the community to volunteer for just one event each year to help make a difference. (Herald Review photo/Karin Armbruster)
Campaign: After weeks of mystery, the Just One campaign was revealed to residents of Evart. The campaign, created by members of the Evart Chamber of Commerce, stresses the importance of volunteerism and asks the community to volunteer for just one event each year to help make a difference. (Herald Review photo/Karin Armbruster)

EVART — There was no missing the signs placed in and around Evart that displayed the two simple words: Just One.

As to its meaning, only few people knew — until Thursday.

“We, the chamber, wanted to get people curious and get people talking, and I think we accomplished that,” said Dave Foster, vice president of the Evart Chamber of Commerce.

Flyers explaining the mystery were delivered to nearly every household and revealed a single purpose.

The Just One campaign is a community-wide call for volunteers, stressing that a person volunteering for just one event can make a difference, help carry the load for others and make Evart a better place for residents, visitors and businesses.

As events continue to occur throughout the year, the number of volunteers is shrinking. In fact, some ideas have not been implemented because of the problem, Foster said.

The variety of annual festivals, fundraisers and concerts help the city bring in visitors, help local businesses and are part of Evart’s personality. Each are important in their own way, but they need people willing to take some extra time to make them more successful.

Evart Camber of Commerce President Connie Douglas said she hopes the campaign brings awareness to the city’s need and provides residents with an opportunity to take on a larger role in the community, no matter the ability or time available.

“There are so many tiny events where we need volunteers. Even if a person only has an afternoon to hand out flyers, that is helpful,” Douglas said.

Volunteers from teens in high school to adults are welcome, and forms from the flyer can be turned into any Evart business or at the Osceola Grand Hotel. Additional applications also are available at the hotel.

Once collected, the forms will be placed into a database with the chamber, and applicants will be contacted if volunteers are needed.

As to why a lack of volunteers has occurred, Foster said he believes people are mainly unaware of the problem.

“I’d like to think people would help if they only knew we needed help,” he added.

The campaign originated from a Evart Chamber of Commerce board meeting, when members noted that the same organizers appear to take the help of most community events. The discussion stemmed to a volunteer drive, which is the Just One campaign.

Now that the secret behind the signs is out, Foster hopes it satisfies the curiosity and fulfills the mission for which it was created.

“What I hope is that we get 1,000 people willing to sign up for an event,” Foster said.

Douglas agreed.

“I hope we are going to be flooded with interested,” she said. “Volunteers are important to promote area happenings, bring people into the city and keep them coming back.”

To volunteer for an event, contact Dave Foster at just-one@outlook.com.