Ambassador Program

Why Do We Need Your Help as a CSM Ambassador?

Why Do We Need Your Help as a CSM Ambassador?

Earlier this year we shared with you some of our goals for 2019. One goal we’re especially excited about is to become Michigan’s WORST kept secret! And so we’d like to share with you a new program we’re unveiling to help us meet that goal–our CSM Ambassador Program.

Some of you have served unofficially as CSM ambassadors for years–talking about Camp with family and friends, distributing flyers at your church and school, inviting neighbors to send their kids to CSM, etc.–and we are truly grateful to you! Recommendations from one parent to another are so very valuable! 

Will you help us by becoming a CSM Ambassador so that EVEN MORE kids can benefit from the tremendous formation that Camp instills?

Maybe you’re someone who likes to shout from the rooftops about how wonderful Camp Sancta Maria is for our youth. Or perhaps you’re more inclined to have a quiet conversation with a neighbor or parent at your child’s school. Are you retired and looking to help a Catholic ministry on a regular basis? Or maybe you’re a busy parent unable to make a dedicated commitment, but willing to spread the word about Camp as the opportunity arises. All are needed! All are welcome!

Please prayerfully consider joining the CSM family as a CSM Ambassador. We will provide you with all the materials you need. And you can invest as much or as little time as your schedule allows. Some of the ways you can help are surprisingly easy and quick. Many hands, as they say, make light work.

Operating as a small nonprofit, we work hard to minimize expenses in order to keep tuition as low as possible for our camper families. We can do this in part because we rely heavily on the kindness and talent of volunteers. To continue this essential work, we need your help! 

With your help, we look forward to reaching our goal and making Camp Sancta Maria the WORST kept secret in Michigan! 

Thank you for glorifying God through your commitment to CSM.We are more grateful than you could know. We are truly grateful for your prayerful consideration of partnering with us as a CSM Ambassador in this most important mission. May God bless you and your loved ones.

If you have questions, need hard copies of the flyers, or would like CSM promotional items such as pens, notepads, and magnets, please contact Jan Klemm at 248-822-8199 or Jan@CampSanctaMaria.org. Thank you, and God bless you.

What Does a CSM Ambassador Do?

Serving as a CSM Ambassador can be done formally or informally, in as many or as few hours as you are able to assist. We will provide you with all the materials you need. And you can invest as much or as little time as your schedule allows. Some of the ways you can help are surprisingly easy and quick.

Listed below are a number of tasks we need help with. Choose one way you can help or several ways. Many hands, as they say, make light work, and we are grateful for any assistance you can offer.
Thank you for your consideration, and God bless you.
If you have any questions, please contact Jan Klemm at 248-822-8199 or Jan@CampSanctaMaria.org..

Marketing

Talk with your pastor, principal, family, friends and co-workers about your positive experience at CSM.

Distribute flyers to family, friends and co-workers.

Ask your pastor and principal to distribute CSM flyers to families, electronically or on their bulletin board, in gathering spaces, in their office, etc.

Inquire about including a link to CSM’s website on your parish website.

Ask your pastor if you can make an announcement at Mass about CSM, then set up a table and distribute CSM flyers after Mass on a weekend, and share with fellow parishioners your experience at CSM.

Ask your principal if you can set up a CSM table at Parent Teacher Conferences to distribute flyers and talk with families about your experience at CSM.

Ask to have a CSM “blurb” or brief article (which we will provide you) printed in your parish’s weekly bulletin or newsletter, emails to families, and on their website.

Include a link to our CSM website on your personal email signature.

“Like” our page on Facebook, and “Share” posts you get from Camp to help spread the word.

Forward our CSM email newsletters to your family, friends, and co-workers.

Conduct a coffee gathering for parents who have children of Camp age (ages 8-16). Parent-to-parent recommendations are very effective! Parents with younger kids can be invited to attend our Father & Son Weekends or Mother & Daughter Weekends, which have no age limit, so keep them in mind, as well.

Identify parents of children you know who have been at Camp and who are enthusiastic about CSM, and ask them to help you spread the word.

Recruiting

Promote CSM by letting people know—formally or informally—what a great experience their child will have at Camp, based on your child’s experience or your own knowledge of CSM.

Email your family and friends about CSM, including talking points and e-materials we provide you.

Assist our staff and volunteers by contacting an assigned list of schools and parishes to schedule school and parish presentations.

Secure commitments from your parish or your child’s school to distribute flyers, include blurbs and/or ads about CSM in their bulletins and newsletters, emails to families, and on their websites.

Encourage your pastor, principal, or employer to sponsor a child who wouldn’t be able to attend Camp without financial assistance.

 

Fundraising

Encourage family, friends and co-workers to support CSM financially

Encourage others to attend our annual Benefit Dinner in April and our annual Golf Outing in June

Tribute gifts are a meaningful way to support CSM while celebrating a special person in your life. Support CSM in honor of a special event, such as a loved one’s birthday, anniversary, or retirement; or in memory of a loved one.

If someone special is asking what you want for your birthday or Christmas, ask them to make a donation to CSM.

Let us know if you know someone who may be able to assist us financially, with gifts-in-kind, or donated professional or specialized services.

Gifts-in-kind include everything from truckloads of woodchips to keep weeds down on our ropes course, to gravel so our road stays mud-free, to kitchen equipment, and more.

Donated professional/specialized services include grading our road, clearing snow during Work Camp in the spring, landscaping, painting, carpentry, electrical website development, and more.

Share CSM’s Wish List with appropriate groups, such as your parish Christian service committee, your school principal, or your employer.

Encourage family and friends to make their Amazon.com purchases through Smile.Amazon.com so that Camp Sancta Maria can receive donations from Amazon based on their purchases, at no additional cost.

Host a special fundraising event for CSM at your home or workplace. Some ideas include workplace “Casual for a Cause“ days, special sales days, bake sales, raffles and dinner parties.

Other

Pray for the children, staff, and administration of CSM. Please add us to your daily prayer list, especially during the Camp season, June through August.

Help is needed in May before Camp opens and in September after Camp closes for the season. Tasks include repairing equipment, maintaining vehicles and golf carts, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, landscaping, cleaning cabins, cleaning the grounds, cooking for volunteers, and more. Come up to Camp and join us for a weekend, a week, or more.

Volunteer at our annual CSM Benefit Dinner in April or CSM Golf Outing in June, assisting with decorating and set-up, registration, raffle ticket sales, clean-up, etc.

Recommend counselors who you know have a formed relationship with our Lord and a moral compass that is Catholic in its orientation.

 

What Happens Once You Become a CSM Ambassador?

Thank you again for your consideration, and God bless you.
If you have any questions, please contact Jan Klemm at 248-822-8199 or Jan@CampSanctaMaria.org.
(Click here to learn “What Happens Once You Become a CSM Ambassador”)

Let us know how you’re interested in helping and how much time you can volunteer, by returning the CSM Ambassador Contact Sheet. We will work with you to coordinate a plan and get you any materials you need.

Being a CSM Ambassador can be structured–such as you contacting people based on lists we provide to you, or unstructured–with you informally but prayerfully promoting CSM in your own way. You determine your ability to help based on your schedule. All are needed! All are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE:

<br>We seek your contact information so we can best answer your questions, provide you with materials, and guide you. This will also allow us to reach out to you if a particular need arises in your area, if you are open to assisting in that manner. Of course, we also want to properly acknowledge and thank you for your service. However, if you prefer to be an anonymous CSM Ambassador, know that we are grateful for your assistance, and you will remain in our prayers.

Upon receipt of your CSM Ambassador Contact Sheet, we will mail or email you a CSM Ambassador Toolkit, which includes the following items:

  • CSM 2019 Flyers (hard copy and/or electronic version) with camp session dates and details, and other helpful information such as financial aid

  • CSM Parish Bulletin “Blurbs” (hard copy and/or electronic version) to share with your parish and school, giving brief details to include in newsletters, etc.

  • CSM Mission, Talking Points, and Testimonials to assist you with answering questions

  • CSM Location and Directions

  • CSM Grounds and Facilities

  • CSM Video Link

  • CSM Staff Bios

  • CSM promotional items such as pens, notepads, magnets, and more!

NOTE: Most of these items can also be found by clicking here for our CSM Ambassador Toolkit link. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Klemm at 248-822-8199 or Jan@CampSanctaMaria.org. Thank you again for your prayerful consideration, and God bless you!  

CSM Ambassador Contact Sheet

Click below to download your CSM Ambassador Contact Sheet, which you can email to us at Office@CampSanctaMaria.org or mail to us at PO Box 613; Washington, MI 48094.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Klemm
at 248-822-8199 or Jan@CampSanctaMaria.org.
Thank you, and God bless you.

CSM Ambassador's Toolkit

A variety of “tools” are available in the CSM Ambassador Toolkit to assist you. These can be downloaded and/or viewed by clicking on the links below:

If you have questions, need hard copies of the flyers, or would like CSM promotional items such as pens, notepads, and magnets, please contact Jan Klemm at 248-822-8199 or Jan@CampSanctaMaria.org. Thank you, and God bless you.

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