A Letter of Thanks to NWTF Volunteers
To those whom much is given, much is expected.
Reading that phrase stirs something deep inside me. Perhaps it does for you too, especially if youre an NWTF volunteer.
You are the ones who made the restoration of the wild turkey a success. The ones who help introduce more than 100,000 children, women and people with disabilities to the outdoors every year. The same ones who see to it that their fellow hunters benefit from properly managed habitat and increased opportunity.
And you will see to it the NWTF saves the future hunting and conservation with the success of its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
April is fast approaching, which means turkey season takes hold across the country. Its our chance to celebrate the fruits of our labor. Did you know that April is also National Volunteer Month? Funny how the two go hand-in-hand for the NWTF.
NWTF volunteers, people who give of their time, have a share in a resumé of which we can all be proud. They work so hard because they believe that to those whom much is given, much is expected. NWTF employees share that same belief.
We can never say thank you enough to the volunteers who have made this great organization what it is today. The beauty of it is, we dont have to. The smile on an 8-year-olds face the first time she shoots a bow or a shotgun does it for us. The joy stemming from new friendships made in the turkey woods does it for us. The thunder of a gobble at 30 yards does it for us.
All we stand for — our mission, our core values — is good enough to assure us that we are in the right place, doing the right things.
But its never the wrong time to offer appreciation to those of you representing our mission and values throughout the country. On behalf of the NWTFs staff and board of directors, thank you for working hand-in-hand with us to deliver whats right.
Does it feel good to hear those words?
Would you believe that expressing gratitude on behalf of the NWTF feels even better than hearing it? Its true. Its proven.
Studies show that one of the primary factors influencing personal happiness is the expression of gratitude. People who make time to do it are happier as a result. So, thank you for being a volunteer. And thank you for giving us the opportunity to say thanks.
We value our volunteer base more today than we ever have. And we would like to see it continue to grow. Its the only way we will successfully conserve and enhance 4 million acres of the most critical upland habitat left in the United States, recruit 1.5 million new hunters to ensure funding exists for conservation for generations, and open 500,000 acres of public hunting opportunity so everyone has a place to enjoy the sport.
If you are a current NWTF volunteer, the single most impactful thing you can do for the future of the lifestyle we love is to invite a friend to become a volunteer. If you are a past volunteer, now is the right time for you to step back into that role. And if you are not a volunteer, consider joining us.
Becoming an NWTF volunteer may seem like a chance to give. But its more like a chance to receive. Ask anyone who has done it and theyll tell you that they receive far more than they could ever give.
So consider this invitation your chance to grow the NWTF volunteer ranks … your chance to get more than you give … your chance to save our lifestyle.