THE 2015 national sponsor CREW GUIDE AW15-1075 WELCOME TO CREW. Thanks for stepping up and joining our 2015 AVON 39 Crew. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and commitment. Because of you and more than 4,000 other dedicated Crew and Volunteers, we’re on our way to one of our most exciting and powerful years ever. It’s time to start preparing for your AVON 39 experience, and we’ve put together this guide to help you get going. We’ll be emailing your AVON 39 Participant Number as well as sign-in information for your Participant Center—where you can access your online fundraising page and links to important Crew resources. WHAT DOES CREW DO? Whatever 39ers need, our Crew is on it. As the backbone and lifeline of AVON 39, our Crew members do a range of important tasks essential to the event’s success. As you might imagine, supporting thousands of 39ers as they crush their 39 is a tough job. But our Crew is tougher. From marking the route to picking up trash, from setting up rest stops to treating blisters, and everything else in between, Crew does it all—and they do it for their fellow 39ers. You can choose from nearly 40 different Crew teams. Check out AVON39.ORG to learn more. GET CONNECTED Your Local Coordinator will keep you in the loop. If you have any questions about your AVON 39 event, your local Crew & Volunteer Coordinator is always there with answers. Also, keep an eye out for your local monthly newsletter, Crew Connection, for important information and updates. LEARN THE LINGO What’s the difference between Crew & Volunteers? Here’s the scoop. Crew members pay a registration fee, are 18 years old or older (with the exception of Youth Crew), and commit to participate for the entire event, including camping in our Wellness Village. While fundraising isn’t a requirement for Crew members, we ask that you give it a shot! Many of our Crew ﬁnd fundraising makes their AVON 39 experience even more rewarding. Volunteers commit to shorter shifts at Event Eve, Opening & Closing Ceremony and the Wellness Village. Volunteers do not stay overnight, nor do they pay to register for the Walk. If you have family, friends, or colleagues you’d like to invite to join the AVON 39 family, check out volunteer opportunities at AVON39.ORG. CREW TRAINING DAY Meet, greet and learn the ropes. In many cities, we hold a hands-on training called Crew Training Day. It happens approximately 4–6 weeks prior to the event, and it’s required for both new and returning Crew members. At Crew Training Day, you’ll learn about your Crew Division, your Crew Team, and your team’s schedule and role in the event. Not only will you receive the critical information you’ll need for event weekend, but you’ll also get to meet your Team Leader and the rest of your amazing team. Your Crew & Volunteer Coordinator will provide you with the Crew Training Day date and location details as soon as they’re available. I’M REGISTERED FOR CREW, WHAT’S NEXT? New to the Crew? Attend a Crew Orientation. It’s a great way to learn the basics of AVON 39 and all that’s involved in being a Crew member. Submit your Crew Team choices. If you haven’t already, discuss your Crew Team choices and options with your local Crew & Volunteer Coordinator. You’ll talk through and determine which Crew Teams need the most support as well as which will be the best ﬁt for you. If you are crewing with friends or family and would like to stay together, please let your Crew & Volunteer Coordinator know—we’ll do our best to keep you all on the same team if possible. Receive your Crew Team assignment. Approximately 2–3 months prior to the event, you’ll receive an email telling you what Crew Team you’re assigned to and who your Crew Team Leader is. Contact your Crew Team Leader. This person will be your main point of contact both pre-event and on-event. Team Leaders are volunteers, just like you, and are a wonderful resource. They may have as many as 20 other Team members to contact, so don’t wait to hear from them—take the time to reach out to introduce yourself. Attend Crew Training Day. (if one is scheduled for your city). Crew Training Day is a critical step in preparing for the Walk and will serve as your ﬁnal “big picture” preparation for the AVON 39 event. Event Eve Meetings and Check-In. The Friday before the AVON 39 weekend, you’ll attend Event Eve. This is where you’ll check in, attend a very important All-Crew Meeting, and then meet with your Crew Team to discuss all the ﬁnal details and information your Crew Team will need. Enjoy an awesome AVON 39 Weekend. Without the Crew, AVON 39 simply couldn’t happen, so thanks in advance for your ﬂexibility, dedication, and hard work throughout the entire weekend. Remember to take care of yourself and don’t forget to have FUN. FAST TRACK FUNDRAISING Our Fast Track Fundraising Program makes it easy to raise important dollars fast. And check out the great rewards waiting for you: DOLLARS RAISED HELPS SAVE LIVES CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO MAKE AN EVEN BIGGER DIFFERENCE. Even though it isn’t required, we encourage Crew members to RAISE $100 IN 10 DAYS and receive our awesome 2015 AVON 39 T-Shirt RAISE $600 IN 30 DAYS and receive a Reebok Water bottle for hydration RAISE $1,000 IN 45 DAYS and receive our Hydration Pack GET PACKING Here’s what you’ll need: • You’re allowed one gear bag weighing up to 30 lbs. Backpacks or duffel bags are preferable to suitcases • All gear must be inside of or securely strapped to gear bag • Please use luggage straps and not bungee cords • Anticipate changes in weather and pack clothing that can be layered • Pack clothes and sleeping bag in plastic bags, in case of rain and dew • Label your belongings with your name and participant number We’ll provide the following: • Hand soap at the sinks RAISE $1,800 IN 60 DAYS and receive our AVON 39 Tote bag • Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion in the shower trucks For complete information about our Fast Track Fundraising Program, including detailed tools and resources to reach each • Hand sanitizer and sunscreen at the Rest Stops and the Wellness Village reward level, go to your Participant Center online at AVON39.ORG Use the detailed packing list in your online Participant Center as a guide and adapt it to your own needs! CREW FUNDRAISING REWARDS The following rewards are provided for total fundraising efforts and are not time-specific like the Fast Track Fundraising Program: RAISE $100: As a special thank you, Crew who fundraise $100 or more are eligible to complete Early Check-In and have their wristbands and luggage fundraise. It’s a critical part of the experience, because every tags mailed to them in advance (please note: $100 must be posted to your dollar you raise will go towards crushing breast cancer. We have AVON 39 fundraising account prior to Early Check-In closing in order to be great tools and programs to help you dominate your fundraising eligible). This will allow you to skip the check-in process at Event Eve, and goals, so think big. If every Crew member raises just $500, it will make your Event Eve a little easier. mean an additional $1.3 million towards ending this awful disease. RAISE $500: Any Crew member who raises $500 or more will receive a Take that, breast cancer. performance baseball cap donated by our national sponsor, Reebok. STAY FLEXIBLE Expect the unexpected AVON 39 is a powerful weekend where amazing things happen. Sometimes unforeseen things happen, too. Which means as a Crew member, you may be called on to do something different than you’d anticipated. Your team might be called on to assist another team. Your Crew assignment might change entirely. We ask for your ﬂexibility. Being part of Crew means being there for each other and doing whatever’s necessary to support your fellow 39ers in every way possible. That sense of camaraderie is part of what makes the weekend so awesome. THANKS AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. We can’t say it enough. Your commitment to giving your time and energy means the world to us. On behalf of the thousands of people living with breast cancer thank you for taking a big, bold step. Because of you, lives will be saved. You’re in for an amazing event. Thank you again—and see you on the road to 39! REGISTER TODAY 1 888 426 WALK AVON39.ORG KNOW YOUR RISKS. KNOW YOUR BODY. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. Visit avonfoundation.org for breast cancer information and resources.
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