Ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Distributing RMEF’s Mission One Package at a Time

Thousands of men, women and children visit the headquarters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and our Elk Country Visitor Center every year. They come to learn more about elk, elk country and the role RMEF plays in conservation. They do so by learning from interactive displays, viewing a hall of impressive elk mounts and watching videos. They may also visit our gift shop or hit the outdoor walking trails. 

In the same building attached to the visitor center, you’ll find offices where RMEF staff members carry out day-to-day operations with a goal of furthering our mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. All in all, RMEF headquarters is like a revolving door of constant activity. 

What few visitors see, or may even notice, is a second building that sits immediately west of RMEF headquarters. Covering 19,000 square feet, or roughly the size of four NCAA basketball courts, the RMEF Distribution Center (DC) appears calm and tranquil from the outside. Inside, however, is an operation abuzz of activity. DC staffers are an extremely active arm of the RMEF who serve members, volunteers, staffers, partners, sponsors, shoppers and many other supporters. 

RMEF Distribution Center (on the left)


In 2014 alone, DC staff shipped out 2,000,000 (yeah, that’s two million) individual pieces of RMEF retail, chapter, support, membership and other items. The total weight of those packages totaled 203,247 pounds or more than 101 tons. In hunting terms, a sole bull elk weighs approximately 700 pounds so the DC staff shipped out the equivalent of 290 bulls in weight. Ask any hunter—that’s a sizeable herd!

The average amount of steps taken per day in the distribution center by each employee range from 10,000-15,000 each day, or roughly 5 to 7.5 miles!

If their outreach efforts aren’t enough, DC staffers help RMEF meet its mission thanks to their own fundraising savviness. Did you know the United States Postal Service (USPS) has a stamp refund program for non-profits? Here’s how it works.

The RMEF membership department sends out its membership mailings with an enclosed reply envelope. That envelope includes a sentence that states, “Your first class stamp will help us do more for wildlife!” You can see it immediately next to the return address along with “No postage necessary if mailed in the United States” in the postage box. When a member decides to fulfill their membership via the mailing, that stamped envelope is returned to RMEF headquarters. Are those stamped envelopes chucked into the garbage can after we pull out its contents? Heck no! DC staffers then count, sort and deliver those stamps to the local post office. In turn, the USPS sends RMEF a check for 90 percent of the value of all the stamps collected. In 2014, that check amounted to $22,680.58!



So hats off to the RMEF Distribution Center and its mobile and dedicated staffers. Not only do they make sure whatever goodies you order or call for from headquarters find their way to the proper intended destination, but they more than do their part in helping RMEF fulfill its mission.

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