Guilds Helping Guilds
Guilds are known for working to ensure that all children in our region have access to necessary healthcare, regardless of a family's ability to pay. Guild members also help kids by helping each other. Supporting another guild's fundraising efforts is a great way to network, spark ideas for your own guild's event or project and maximize funds raised for Seattle Children's. When we asked guilds how they help one another, we received some wonderful ideas worth sharing.
- The Run for Children's Guild hosts its event in the summer but likes to stay active throughout the year. Members made holiday wreaths for the Laura Brigman Guild and volunteered at the Luly Yang fashion show. "Volunteering at another guild's event is a great team-building opportunity," says Aileen Kelly, Run for Children's Guild president and Guild Association executive director.
- The Huskies United in Giving Guild formed in May 2010 and volunteered at other events to gain fundraising experience. Members volunteered during the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild's Festival of Trees; Susannah White's Three Feet of Sunshine Guild's Monster Bash; The Miracle Season; the One Big KISS for Children's Radiothon; and KOMO 4's Mother's Day special.
- When the Miracle House Guild formed 11 years ago, the Guild Association connected it to the Cooper Joseph Lytle Guild. The two guilds started a volunteer swap at each other's annual auctions that lasted many years. The guilds also shared tips and advice for hosting auctions. "It was so valuable to learn from one another," says Alex Lytle, founder of the Cooper Joseph Lytle Guild, "and the volunteer swap allowed us to enjoy our event and socialize with the guests we invited."
- The Eastside Friends for Children's Guild requests a list of other guilds' events from the Guild Association and attends as a group.
- Guild presidents in Skagit County attend all-city meetings and discuss their projects and events. If a guild isn't actively working on a project, its president can learn of other local guild events for members to participate in.
- Special-interest guilds with the same focus promote one another. Jana Dukelow of the Jaquish/Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild connects with other guilds supporting brain tumor research and spreads the word about upcoming events in the community. "All of us are working toward a common goal for kids and their families. We all want to see each other succeed," says Dukelow.
- Similarly, members of existing special-interest guilds formed the Cancer Advocacy Network (CAN) Guild to promote one another's events. The CAN Guild website highlights all guild events supporting cancer care and research.
- The Circle of Hope Guild uses Facebook to support other guilds. "Our guild promotes any event or campaign supporting Children's on our Facebook page," says Shari Sparling, guild president. "Our fan base is diverse and they may relate to other ways guilds are supporting Children's. To us, part of being a guild includes spreading awareness about the great things all guilds do for Children's."
Is your guild looking to start a volunteer swap or to partner with and learn from another guild? Consider the following ways to reach out:
- Post what you're looking for on your guild's Facebook page. Tag the Guild Association in your post so staff members can help meet your needs.
- Contact the Guild Association and ask if there is a guild with similar events or member demographics that might be a good match with your guild.
- Attend the Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration and regional outreach events.
- Attend other guild events in lieu of holding a guild meeting. It is a great way to meet people from other guilds and to socialize with your own guild members in relaxed settings.
- Introduce yourself to other guild members in your area. Invite them to your event. Meeting other guild members and starting casual conversations is a great way to learn from one another.