We are always seeking new volunteers for the Cookie Brigade. Maybe you’ve considered it, but you’re on the fence. Maybe you aren’t sure what is really involved. Let me give you more info:
There are 3 roles in Cookie Brigade. You can do just one, two, or all three. The roles are:
Baker: Bake cookies, brownies, cupcakes, candies, or other sweets for us to give out. You can deliver them to us at PAX or ship them to a local of a PAX you aren’t attending. Some people will donate without taking a cookie, but in general, more cookies = more money raised.
“But I can’t bake!”
Have you tried
[ul][li]rice krispie treats[/li]
[li]no bake cookies[/li]
[li]trail mix [/li]
[li]box mixes, premade cookie dough or break and bakes?[/li][/ul]
“But I’m diabetic/vegan/gluten-free/etc.” Cool! (OK, not so cool on the diabetic thing.) We want to have choices for all those folks too. Maybe you know a good recipe?
"But I can only make chocolate chip " Nothing wrong with that. It’s our most popular cookie!
Distributor: Talking to people at PAX, giving out cookies, and collecting donations. This is how we turn those sweet cookies into sweet charity money.
“But there’s so much to do at PAX and I don’t want to give up any time.” Take cookies with you wherever you’re going:
[ul][li]Going to a panel? Take some cookies with you and make friends in line. (That’s how Cookie Brigade started!)[/li]
[li]Going to find a game in tabletop/handheld/DnD session? Offer cookies to your table neighbors or gaming companion/competitor.[/li][/ul]
“But I’m too shy/not good at talking to strangers.” Offering cookies is generally a good ice breaker. Most people are pretty friendly after that. If you’re still nervous:
[ul][li]Go with a buddy. Pair up with another distributor who’s more outgoing[/li]
[li]Seek out an Enforcer. Find an Enforcer overseeing a line or working handheld and when they aren’t busy, tell them who you are and ask them for help getting people’s attention. They will likely yell to the crowd for you and you’ll have people trying to give you money from all sides.[/li][/ul]
3. Ops. There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into making Cookie Brigade run during a PAX. We have to keep the cookies organized, keep track of money, make sure everything is recorded in our database, keep an eye on twitter and other social medias, etc. If you prefer a quiet space and dealing with numbers and organizing things/people, maybe this is a place you can help.
As I said, you can help us with one or more of those roles. Some people bring us cookies at the beginning of PAX and we don’t see them again until they drop off cookies at another PAX. Some people distribute hardcore all weekend. Some folks lightly distribute as they go about their regular PAX duties. Some folks stop by HQ and make sure those of us who spend most of the weekend in there are eating and getting out now and then. You’re level of participation and time commitment is totally up to you.
Current brigadiers, why did you join Cookie Brigade and why do you continue to do it?
Non-brigadiers, is there something keeping you from joining? Is there a specific concern we can address?