How do I start a Rescue Team?
It’s as simple as filling out the Rescue Team interest form
, gathering a few interested people, and registering your team as an official organization at your school. Keep an eye on your inbox because you’ll receive an email with further tips on how to get your team off the ground!
Is there a minimum of events/fundraisers that we have to have or a certain amount of money that we have to raise?
We’re big believers in autonomy and taking ownership of your own team so we don’t have a minimum number of events/fundraisers. With that said – we’ve found that having at least one event and 2 fundraisers per semester (or every 6 months) helps team members stay engaged and individuals in your community more aware of your team. There’s also no dollar amount that your team has to raise in order to qualify as a team but setting an ambitious, but attainable goal will keep your team motivated throughout the school year!Don’t forget
– There are more ways than one to measure your team’s success. Raising funds for missions is critical to LiNK’s mission but you can also measure the success of your team through the number of people who attend your events, the size of your team, and even the level of ownership each team member has for the vision and mission of LiNK. And whenever you do have an event or fundraiser, shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
describing the event/fundraiser so that the team at HQ can hear what your team is up to!
My team wants to design, print, and possibly sell our own shirts. Are we allowed to do that?
Yes! Once you have the shirts, we’d love to see a picture of your entire team rocking them at your next big fundraiser or event. You’re representing LiNK and the movement so be sure to stay away from political messages or inappropriate words or imagery. Besides that, you’re free to use your creative muscles to design a shirt that represents both LiNK and your unique team
My school/district recently passed a policy that restricts us from sending any funds to outside organizations. What can we do?
Unfortunately, this is happening more often than you’d think. If your team raised some funds and you aren’t able to send it in, shoot us an email at email@example.com
so that we can sort it out together. In the future, we’d recommend asking donors to give directly to your team page
or through Facebook
. You can also begin planning fundraisers outside of school hours such as a karaoke night, a yard sale, or even a Super Smash Brothers competition in a team member’s home.
Can I connect with other teams in my area?
Connection can lead to awesome collaboration opportunities and a larger audience! One of the best ways to find other teams in your area is to ask on the Rescue Team Facebook page
! If nothing comes up, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let us know what city and state you live in. If there are other teams in your area, we’ll do our best to connect you with them.
Can I get community service hours for Rescue Team events and fundraisers?
Yes! The steps to confirm your hours will probably go something like this:
1. You send us an email with your name, a picture from the event, how long you spent at the event, and a description of the event/fundraiser to email@example.com
. If you are a rescue team leader and would like to send in a community service request for several teammates, please include all of the participants names, their activities at the event, and how long they spent at the event.
2. Every school/district has a different system but you’ll most likely have to submit your community service hours through a service hour managing system. Submit your hours through that system. That system will probably ask for a HQ point of contact. In that case, you can point them to Sarah Kim and the email firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Your school’s community service system will send an email to email@example.com
with your information.
4. When we receive both the email from you (#1) and the email from your school/district (#3), we’ll approve the hours through the email sent by your school.
How much of the funds we raise can we keep in order to pay for future team activities?
Your team can keep 15% of the funds you raise this year as seed money for the following school year.
Our team would like to have a speaker from LiNK come and speak at one of our Rescue Team events. What do I need to do to make this happen?
Start by submitting your request on the Request a Speaker
page on the website. Someone at HQ will get back to you within the week. Keep in mind that in order to host a speaker, your team must have a budget for travel and accommodations. If you want to bring on a North Korean speaker, the budget must cover both the speaker and an accompanying staff member.
I want to start a Rescue Team on my campus but there might be one that exists already. How can I check?
This is good news! It means that the movement is growing in your immediate community. Submit your information through the Rescue Team Interest Form
. If there is a team on your campus, we’ll connect you with someone on that team via email. If there is no team, you’ll receive an email with information on how to get your brand new team off to an incredible start.
Can I create a team if I’m not in school?
Of course! Rescue teams are essentially groups of people who work together to raise awareness and funds to support the North Korean people. These groups can come together at a corporate office, a neighborhood book club or even a zumba class! The method and frequency of your meetings may be a little different from campus-based teams but fundamentally, your group is activating your community to stand alongside the North Korean people.