Second Annual Mentor Hub Mixer

FactoryLogoOctober 2, 2013 / The Factory – 38 W. Fulton Suite 400 - Downtown GR / 6pm The West Michigan Public Relations Society of America is continuing a program called, Mentor Hub for business professionals to offer career counsel, knowledge, and wisdom to those students from local colleges and universities looking to make their career in communications. October 2, 2013 will kick-off with an event that will entertain a unique start to pairing mentors and mentees.

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This event will allow potential mentors and mentees to be acquainted before being paired after the event. Mentors do not need to be members of WMPRSA, but must work in the communications field in order to participate.

NOT SURE YOU WANT TO BE A MENTOR? This event does not bind you to becoming a mentor. Simply attend this free event, and if it’s not your style just say, “No thanks.” Invite your friends to check it out with you; it’s less scary that way.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT  The night will start with networking, and quickly move on to a 'bio auction' where mentors will be introduced in game show-style with information from their resume, including current and past professional experiences, and hobbies. We might just say, “Come on down!”

From there, a speed dating set-up will allow mentors and mentees to have 2 minutes of face-time where they can become more acquainted.

Finally, mentees will have the opportunity to write down three mentor names they would choose to have as a mentor, descending in priority.

I WANT TO BE A MENTOR If after the event, you decide you want to be a mentor, congrats! You will be paired with 1-3 mentees and at least one other mentor that you will work with side-by-side. You aren’t alone in this. You don’t need prior experience in mentoring; you just need to share your experiences. Once you are matched up with your mentees and co-mentor(s), we will provide contact info for all involved, and then it is your job to set up dates and times with the group. We understand that sometimes you cannot make a meeting, and sometimes your co-mentor(s) won’t be able to make it. Back each other up so the mentees have someone to meet with. Work together.

I DON’T WANT TO BE A MENTOR That’s okay! Your registration and attendance to the mixer doesn’t commit you to become a mentor. If you attend and it isn’t your style, you can simply say, “No thanks.”

RSVP Email wmprsa@gmail.com by Monday, September 30th at Midnight w/ “Mentor Hub Mixer” in the subject line. Please attach a copy of your most recent resume.

Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Cost is free.

Save the Date! Biennial Nonprofit Workshop

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:45 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. GVSU Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Price: $60, includes continental breakfast, 3 one-hour sessions ($30 for students)

This year's nonprofit workshop will focus on how to build awareness, support and deeper engagement for your organization in the changing world of communications. This low-cost workshop is packed with relevant and information programs that will provide you with the necessary tools to enhance your communications campaigns and strategies in the 21st century. The workshop is designed for anyone who may be responsible for communications in a nonprofit organization.

RSVP online or call 616-336-9333.

Questions? Contact Sandra

Navy Crisis Communications With Lt. Matthew Allen

Join us March 20, 2013 for a special event co-sponsored by aimWest: the Interactive Association of West Michigan! We’ll start at 5:30 with open networking, munchies and a cash bar. Then at 6:15, grab a  seat for Lt. Matthew Allen’s talk on Crisis Communications from the Navy’s perspective. Lt. Allen has acted as an operations officer and then as a media relations officer in the Persian Gulf and now sits on the Navy’s News Desk in Washington DC. He brings a unique perspective on public relations in today’s military. Anyone in marketing or public relations will find this speaker informative. Everyone else will enjoy hearing awesome stories from someone sent by the Pentagon.

March 20, 2013 Networking Time: 5:30pm Speakers Take Stage: 6:15pm Location: Meijer Theater in the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Price: Free for PRSA and aimWest members $20 for non-members.

RSVP: Only the first 140 registered get a seat, so register now!

Let the Good Times Roll!

By Terri Howe, PRforGood Chair, Owner/Principal of Howe Marketing Communications LLC FamilyPromise…PRforGood that is. Mardi Gras is past, but as Easter approaches it’s a great time to reflect on the momentum that WMPRSA’s PRforGood committee has gained for its current non-profit partner, Family Promise of Grand Rapids (FPGR). In a two-year engagement that began in January 2012 and runs through the remainder of this year, PRforGood has helped FPGR in its mission to end homelessness one family at a time.

For its inaugural project with FPGR, PRforGood assisted with creating and managing a campaign that culminated in a one-day social media blitz in July 2012 that enabled FPGR to win a new truck in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program (see photos). The new truck has seen steady use in the ensuing months with moving people, furniture and supplies in support of the daily needs of FPGR families in need.

The PRforGood committee is concentrating on keeping the ball rolling through the development of a comprehensive Public Relations plan that focuses on FPGR’s key objectives to:

  • Increase the amount and number of individual gift donations to FPGR
  • Create awareness for and use of FPGR’s Reaching Beyond Initiative to increase family services capacity (including budgeting classes, mentoring, furniture acquisition, linking families with Partners in Housing) as increasing capacity of emergency shelter is not an option
  • Bolster amount of furniture donations
  • Increase number of regular/returning volunteers
  • Acquire more Partners in Housing units/participating landlords

PRforGood aims to support FPGR for the remainder of 2013 in meeting short term communications goals while preparing/training them to be able to move forward on their own by the end of the two-year commitment.

You can help too! FPGR and the PRforGood committee would welcome your participation. There are so many ways to contribute:

  • Next time you purchase personal items like paper towels, toilet paper, disposable diapers, deodorant, toothpaste, etc., buy extra and drop them off at FPGR (906 Division, Suite 205). Towels and washcloths are also a huge need.
  • Attend or sponsor FPGR’s “Dreams” Dinner on April 18 at the University Club. $50 per person.
  • Contact the PRforGood committee to ask how you can put your mad PR skills to work to support projects for the remainder of the year

Please watch for future communications on how WMPRSA members can help support FPGR and the PRforGood committee. We’re working on putting together a group activity.

FPGR has helped over 800 Grand Rapids families with 1,400 children build a strong foundation for their future through temporary and permanent housing, case management, mentoring and furniture donation services.