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Posting flyers at the office

Written by on August 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

Fundraising in the workplace can be hard. When I started in my current office five years ago, every posteri or email soliciting donations from co-workers had to be approved by human resources. Given such stringent requirements, not much fundraising happened at work.

The economy is different now, and benefits are fewer, so HR has relaxed its rules on what we can get away with. It's no longer uncommon to see flyers stuck to the break room refrigerators, advertising an employee's favorite cause. I had some luck getting in on that action last year, so I decided to put up my own poster again.

Printing my solicitation letter wouldn't do, though. When someone is sitting at a computer or at their home office, they have time to read an email or postal letter that was addressed specifically to them. By contrast, someone passing through a kitchen area at work is not likely to slow down to absorb a full page of text.

I thought I might be challenged (no pun intended) to create something simpler, as I recently finished a master's degree in publishing, but without taking the one course that would've addressed my weakness: design. Fortunately, the Macintosh program Pages, part of Apple's iWork suite, had plenty of templates for me to choose from.

Apple iWork Pages template chooser

Apple's iWork offers many predesigned templates to help you create a poster.

Of course, most people will use Microsoft Word, but it too has a "Project Gallery" with both flyers and event posters to choose from.

In Pages, I chose to make a "Sports Event Poster Small" that would print on a standard 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. I changed the headline, all the filler text, the year, and the contact info (using a link shortener), then dragged and dropped in some photos — one of me at a National MS Society event, the other of the reason I participate in the MS Challenge Walk. Bam! Done:

Ken Gagne's workplace flyer

It took me about two minutes to make this poster!

As I discovered, creating an attractive flyer or poster for the workplace is easy — and, if your employer allows it, it can be lucrative, since you know your target audience is the gainfully employed. If you give them the opportunity, what's their excuse NOT to give?

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

Apple iPad 2 raffle

Written by on July 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I am selling raffle tickets to win a 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad 2, the latest tablet computer from Apple. Read your email, watch movies, and surf the web from home, work, or bed! Tickets are $20 each, and only 100 tickets will be sold, so get yours now before they're gone. The drawing will be held at 248 Sycamore Creek Rd in Fort Mill, South Carolina, on July 22, but you do not need to be present to win: if you live more than two hours away, we will ship the iPad to you. Payments will be accepted via check or PayPal. Please contact Tabithia at tabithiaengle@gmail.com or 704-241-9509. Proceeds benefit my fundraising for the MS Challenge Walk.

This is the events calendar, featuring official NMSS rallies and meetings as well as volunteer-sponsored fundraisers. Want to see your event listed here? Please submit the details, and we'll add it!

Read this blog on your iPhone or Kindle

Written by on May 31, 2009 at 1:57 pm

If you have either an Apple iPhone cell phone or an Amazon Kindle eBook reader, you can now read the MS Challenge Blog on these mobile devices. For the iPhone, you'll need the free Kindle for iPhone application. Then you can find us in the Kindle Store, where a subscription to the blog is only $.99 — 30% of which goes to the National MS Society. (Accessing this site directly, or receiving it via email, will both always be free.)

If you read the blog using either of these methods, please let us know what you think! Or if there are additional ways you'd like us to get content to you, please leave a suggestion.

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.