Whatever method(s) of fundraising you choose, you can assemble a group of fun-loving volunteers to help you get the work done and bring much needed funs in.
1. Conduct a car wash. Warm weather means people prefer their leisure pursuits instead of allotting that time to handle mundane chores. Car washing is one such chore that others may prefer to have you do for them. In this case, contact a local business and ask for their sponsorship, by tapping their faucet and water supply to reach customers. Bring hoses, sponges, towels, buckets and an ample amount of car wash solution. Make signs and have volunteers direct traffic to your location. Ask for a flat donation or take whatever donations are given.
2. Send out the handymen. The handy people among you, men and women, may be thrilled to offer their services for part of a day. Assemble a group of landscape artists, plumbers, electricians, roofers, and what have you to provide their services for free. Then, on a day of service, have your people fan out to the people that have signed up for help. The funds raised will be used to support your group’s efforts. You will also help the community by offering a service that will cost a bit less.
3. Create a cookbook. This project takes time and may span several months from concept to completion and distribution. What better way to interest the cooks, chefs and bakers among you to share their prized recipes for a good cause? Assemble an assortment of recipes covering foods from around the world. Publish these recipes in an easy-to-use spiral-bound book and sell copies to the community. You might also consider a related bake or food sale where certain recipes are made and sold to raise additional funds.
4. Hold a rummage sale. How many ofyour members have garage sale items, but never hold a sale? Some people may prefer to clean out their excess stuff and would gladly support your rummage sale efforts with their donations. Appeal to your members to bring their gently used clothing, their working equipment, furniture, and other household goods in for inspection. Promote your sale to the community and price your items to move. The most work to be done is the pricing, tagging, organizing and displaying required before the sale even starts. Done right, clean up will be a breeze with little left over to take home or to donate.
5. Watch children for a fee. Parents are not always able to find babysitters. And when they do, they cannot always get with other parents to go out to dinner, watch a play, take in a sporting event or enjoy other activities without children present. This is where hosting a parent’s night out can give them three or four hours kid-free. Assemble a group of teens and older volunteers to watch the children. Charge a fee per child or per family and you will raise a substantial amount of money for the evening.
Whatever fundraising method you choose, make it a fun one. The better the planning the less likely you will run into problems and the more likely your volunteers will step forward again in the future. Your customers will be happy to and will show their support the next time around.
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