WHY Turn the Towns Teal®?
The mission of Turn The Towns Teal® is to make women AND men aware of ovarian cancer, its subtle symptoms and risk factors. We KNOW for a fact that women’s lives have been saved because of our campaign.
Volunteers in all 50 states as well as in Canada & Bermuda tie our biodegradable Teal ribbons (made in the USA!) in their towns, at their businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods as well as on their private residences. They also distribute our symptom cards and use our other materials to increase ovarian cancer awareness. This all occurs in September which is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
OUR CAMPAIGN OFFERS OUR VOLUNTEERS THREE TIERS OF PARTICIPATION:
If you are “Tealing” your town, you will receive a confirmation email and a Town Approval letter which needs to be signed by your town official and returned to us. Once we receive your town’s approval, we’ll send you instructions about ordering your materials.
If you are “Tealing” private property such as your business, place of worship, neighborhood, etc., we’ll send you a confirming email and instructions about ordering.
If you are “Tealing” your home, you will receive a single length of ribbon from us in early August for your lamp post, mail box or front porch.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN GUIDELINES
Register to volunteer: Each year we ask all volunteers to register. This allows us to track participation & avoid duplication of efforts. If we have more than one registrant for a town, the first person to register is the “lead” volunteer.
Campaign Kickoff: National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day is May 8th which is our official “kick-off”. Once you register, you will receive notifications by email acknowledging your registration and updating you on the campaign.
Ordering Materials: Ribbons, lawn signs, symptom cards and other materials will be available to order on June 6th. You will receive your Volunteer Access Code the week prior so that you can place your orders.
Displaying Our Ribbons: Our biodegradable, USA-made ribbons are displayed on or about the first of September and must be removed by September 30th unless they are on personal property in which case they can remain up all year.
Please register today!
WE CAN’T SAVE LIVES WITHOUT YOU!
*Materials will be available on May 8th ~ National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day*
Our Turn The Towns Teal® campaign has been an incredible success since beginning in 2007 when Gail and a group of volunteers “Tealed” forty towns in New Jersey. Thanks to you, our volunteers, we have continued to grow each year with representation in all 50 states as well as Canada and Bermuda!
We hope you will join us and get involved with our national awareness campaign!
Ovarian Cancer Resources
WE ARE PLEASED TO BE AFFILIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING:
Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center
Corinne Feller Memorial Fund
CT Women of Hope
Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation
FORCE(Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)
Jacqueline E Bayley Foundation
Janice Lopez Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Karene C Pace Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Make A Noise for Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio
Never Give Up Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati
Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation
Ovarian Cancer Connection
Ovarian Cancer Institute
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance
Ovarian Cancer Together
Ovarian Cancer 101
River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance
Sisterhood Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Sisters Against Ovarian Cancer
South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center
Teal Tea Foundation
TEAL Tender Hearts For Ovarian Cancer Awareness
The Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation
The Vicki Welsh Fund
UnTeal There Is A Cure
Utah Ovarian Cancer Alliance
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Do I have to get my town/city’s approval each year?
YES, if you are “Tealing” your town/city, you do need to get approval (we provide you with the letter). These ribbons represent Turn The Towns Teal®, and we need this for your protection as well as ours.
2. I just can’t “Teal” my town center, but HOW can I help?
You can put a ribbon on your mailbox or lamp post and hopefully ask your neighbors to do the same. If the ribbons are on private property, you do NOT need the approval letter from your town, AND they don’t have to be removed at the end of Sept. (On a personal note, my ribbons are on the luggage rack of my car and in my trees ALL year!) Please see # 4 for more ideas.
3. How much ribbon in each roll?
Each roll of ribbon has 70 yards. For those making bows a roll makes 14-18 bows. (When making bows, please. remember to leave a “tail” so that people can read what the ribbon represents.) Please go to the photo section of our website to get additional ideas.
4. My town will not permit ribbons. How can I participate?
(Even though our ribbons are biodegradable, some towns have ordinances prohibiting signs, ribbons, etc.)
You can always “Teal” your neighborhood. Please be sure to ask your neighbors’ permission and also hand them a symptom card.
Your local businesses, health clubs, YMCAs, beauty/nail salons, library, etc. are ALL places that would be good to have our symptom cards and a ribbon.
Some of our volunteers have “Tealed” their offices, cafeterias, parking lots, etc.
If you’re taking an exercise and/or yoga class, you can hand a symptom card to each woman attending.
5. How can I keep my ribbons from slipping down on the tree trunks?
It’s always a good idea to double knot the ribbon securing it tightly; so it’s helpful if 2 people “Teal” ….i.e. one holding the roll of ribbon while the other ties the knots. Please remember NOT to staple the ribbons onto the trees.
6. What do I do if my town requests that I get a Hold Harmless form signed?
We do not sign these as our attorney would have to review each request. We don’t get many requests for this, but we simply cannot incur the legal fees that would be involved.