What a year we had in 2012! Last year brought growth beyond our wildest expectations, culminating in an incredible effort by many of you in Hurricane Sandy.
To give you an idea of what happened in 2012, let’s evaluate a few metrics. We started 2012 with just under 800 volunteers and a total of 12 missions since 2010. We ended with over 7,000 volunteers and 37 total teams deployed! All that with only seven staff (that’s one employee for every 1,000 volunteers).
Of course, it was not perfect. We admittedly did not get as many volunteers involved on missions as we had hoped, and many missions came with frustrating roadblocks and problems. Unfortunately, this is going to happen in an organization that is three years old. We ask that you continue to be patient, and that you continue to show the fervent passion and desire to help those in need.
Looking forward to 2013, we have many plans for Team Rubicon. We are working diligently to expand our operational capacity and training opportunities. We have plans to develop better community building initiatives for those months between disasters. Ultimately, the goal is to create a safe, effective and exciting framework through which you can deploy to help those in need.
Over the course of the next few weeks you will be receiving a series of emails from our staff that will dive deeper into 2013 projects, programs and plans. You will receive updates on: Operations, Regional Growth and Development, Social Engagement, Mental Health Resources, Training Opportunities, and more.
As always, as we grow we ask you to be patient and grow with us. Team Rubicon has ambitious plans to change veteran engagement and disaster relief; but we can’t do either without you!
-Jake Wood and William McNulty