Andy Ritenour here to offer a bit of a challenge to all of you. As you may or may not have heard, MENC is in Round 2 of voting in the Chase Community Giving Campaign. They have survived Round 1 by being in the top 100 charities with the most votes. They have made it to round 2, but to win the $500,000 at stake, they must be the charity with the most number of votes. This is where you come in.
The first step of our challenge is for you to go and vote. It is super easy and only takes about 30 seconds of your time. All you have to do is:
- Click this link
- “Like” Chase Community Giving
- Vote for MENC
That was the easy, yet necessary part of the challenge. Now for the real challenge. After you have voted, get at least 10 of your Facebook Friends to vote for MENC in the Chase Community Giving campaign! There are quite a few ways to do this:
- Message you friends and tell them why it is important to vote for MENC.
- Invite all of your friends to the Facebook event Vote for MENC in the Chase Community Giving Project and encourage them to do the same with all of their friends.
- Post on your friends’ walls.
Why Vote for MENC?
As part of the requirements to move on to Round 2 of the voting, MENC had to put their Big Idea in words, telling how they would spend the $500,000. Their ideas are very noble ones:
Creativity, discipline, teamwork … just a few of the life-long benefits of music study. But kids across the country are losing access to music as school programs are cut back or eliminated. The most affected are those who need it most – kids in underserved communities. We will use $150,000 to provide 100 grants of $1000 -$2500 to school music programs in the most underserved areas to help students achieve success through music. We will use $150,000 to develop resources and to provide training to help teachers create music programs with strong foundations and also to help those whose programs are facing budget cuts. We will use $200,000 for a national web/social media campaign to encourage kids to study music and others to support school music programs. We will feature teachers and students in programs that have received grants – to show what is at risk and what stands to be gained. Our BIG IDEA: The study and making of music by all
In addition, here is a video created by MENC to show their Big Idea:
Do Your Part!
With over 70,000 members in MENC, getting enough votes for this grant shouldn’t be a problem. So now we are calling upon you to do your part to help music education! As of this morning, MENC was in 51st place with a mere 614 votes (1st place has over 5,000 votes). To catch up, we need not only for you to vote, but for you AND 10 of your friends to vote for MENC! In order for MENC to stand a chance, they need YOU to vote and spread the word! With the state of education today, we all know that Music Education can certainly use this money. So please step up to the challenge: Vote and spread the word to win $500,000 for music education!