Ambassadors Gear Up for Season Opener
Call to Freedom’s Ambassador teams have their sights set on hunting season.
After a successful canvas ahead of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August, volunteers are reassembling to fight human trafficking during opening weekend of pheasant hunting season in South Dakota.
Like Sturgis, the hunting season opener attracts thousands of hunters to the state, making it a prime destination for traffickers. The season opens October 20.
“Many hunters come into South Dakota through the Sioux Falls airport so we’d like to have a presence there,” says Lindsey Gibson, who coordinates the Ambassador Program at Call to Freedom. “Likewise, we’d love to be represented at the Women’s Expo happening that same weekend.”
Gibson says that volunteers are vital to spreading awareness about human trafficking. Ahead of Sturgis, groups handed out posters and tip cards in gas stations, rest areas, and hotels along I-90 and I-29. The same will be done for hunting season with one major addition.
“We’re hoping to share materials with owners of the lodges that will host hunters,” says Gibson.
Attracting volunteers who are willing to drive outside of Sioux Falls isn’t always easy, but Gibson plans to appeal to her peers. A recent college graduate, she’s looking to tap university students and those in their early 20s for support, though volunteers of any age are welcome so long as they’re over 18.
“We could really use more volunteers for this and more business owners who are willing to step forward,” says Gibson. “During Sturgis, we met a lot of gas station managers who took materials for their staff break rooms so that their employees would know the signs of trafficking. It was good to know that folks are willing to watch out for potential victims.”
To volunteer or to receive materials for your business, contact Gibson at [email protected].