These are some of the questions we’ve commonly heard from legislators and staff regarding LBC. Still have questions? We’re happy to talk to you by phone or email!
Contact Jessica AcMoody (517.485.3588, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jason Vance (800.467.5430 x22, email@example.com).
It says on my materials that commitment forms were due May 2. Can I still sign up?
Yes, please do! We were hoping to get responses by early May, but we are delighted to have you sign up at any time. You can fill out our online commitment form here – it only takes a minute and you don’t need to have a project chosen yet.
There are no Habitat builds in my district, so why would I sign up for the LBC?
The LBC is a coordinated effort of the Living in Michigan Coalition to connect legislators with community service projects in their district. The coalition consists of over 20 community development organizations across the state. Projects include but are not limited to Habitat for Humanity home builds. Other examples include park/river/neighborhood cleanups, playgrounds builds, food bank drives, and community painting projects.
We don’t have time or the necessary resources to identify a project in our district. Can we still participate without providing a specific project?
The LBC steering committee is committed to identifying projects for all legislators and will provide you with opportunities when they become available. Since the LBC is a summer-long initiative, it may take some time to find the right project. In some cases, we may bring legislators together to participate in larger events outside of their district but still within the city or county limits of the region. These events will provide a greater opportunity for media coverage. Our intent in allowing you to identify you own project is to afford you the opportunity to work with an organization you have preexisting relationships or affiliations with in an effort to build your community. If, however, you have no particular organization in mind, we will take the lead on securing an event for your participation.
What if the project I’ve been invited to doesn’t fit my schedule?
Many of the projects can be scheduled flexibly, on a day when you are already in your district and have some (relatively) free time. If your project is only happening on one day and it doesn’t work for you, let us know. We will talk to the host organization and others in the district to find a project and date that work for you.
Is my project on September 21?
You may have seen the date September 21 on some of our materials. This day is reserved for our LBC celebration on the Capitol Lawn. We will be gathering the legislators and hosts that participated over the summer to share stories and successes. The plan is to have all projects completed before this event. If you received a printed invitation from a nonprofit, the date will be shown there. We have tried to find projects that take place at various times to better accommodate your busy schedule!
More FAQ coming soon.
Updated February 11, 2013