NWTF’s best outreach activity
NWTF volunteers introduce more than 100,000 people to the outdoors every year.
Our organization has the finest youth program in the outdoors industry. With JAKES, Xtreme JAKES and, most recently, JAKES Take Aim, we’re providing more safe shooting opportunities than ever before. Add to that the impact we’ve made through our Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen and education programs.
Don’t forget the Super Fund and the role it has played in the restoration of the wild turkey. NWTF volunteers are the engine that drives this fundraising machine. Together, we have conserved 17 million acres of critical wildlife habitat in our first 40 years.
Everything we’ve accomplished is a testament to teamwork and commitment to our mission. Every milestone was made possible by our family of devoted volunteers.
The NWTF has a history of outstanding volunteers. Just look at the long list of L.A. Dixon and Roger Latham award winners we honor at our annual convention.
That same list carries a pattern, however. Oftentimes the roster of winners bears the same names year after year.
We’re grateful for the commitment and proud of the success of these award-winning volunteers and chapters — like the folks from Florida’s Wekiva Springs Strutters, the Bakersfield Chapter in California and Illinois’ Little Wabash Longbeards. But NWTF volunteerism is like the hunting tradition: It will continue only if we recruit new people. Not only do new faces replace the ones who have grown old or tired, they bring new ideas and enthusiasm.
The No. 1 reason people tell us they don’t volunteer is because they’ve never been asked. There are people in our communities who share our values and passion for the outdoors. Perhaps they’ve never been offered a chance to turn their excitement into action.
We’re losing 6,000 acres of upland habitat every day, and the future of hunting is threatened as a result.
Think you can’t make a difference? If you boil down our annual habitat accomplishments to the volunteer level, you could say each NWTF volunteer is responsible for our organization’s ability to impact 16 acres of upland habitat.
More volunteers means more acres conserved, and more acres of quality habitat means a more secure future for hunting and wildlife.
And if you support the NWTF because of our outreach and education focus, more volunteers help us provide more outdoors opportunities, recruit more hunters and shooters, and create a culture that values time spent outside breathing fresh air.
I believe growing our volunteer work force is key not only in overcoming the challenges that lie ahead but to continue in the success we’ve enjoyed so far.
I task our membership to step up and give of your time. Already an active volunteer? Ask a friend to lend their talents to the NWTF. Getting started is easy. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can help you carry out the NWTF mission in your neighborhood.
- George Thornton, NWTF CEO