In school, we have collected food and clothing for donations to local shelters.
To find shelters near you, look online and use keywords: ‘food bank’ or ‘homeless’ along with your zip code.
When there were fires near us in Napa, California, we took donations and delivered over 1,000 pairs of flip flops, water bottles, backpacks, journals, pens and socks to the local shelter for people who had to evacuate their homes.
Host a ‘sport swap’ in your community
Ask local families to donate sports equipment that they’re outgrown or don’t use Contact the local paper to let everyone know the date & time of the event
People love to purchase gently used sports equipment, especially if they have growing kids Send a notice out to families with a specific day, time and location to drop off items Charge even-bill numbers for everything so making change is easy ($5, $10, $20, $100) Make arrangements to have 1.800.GOT.JUNK pick-up any leftovers not sold
For several birthdays, we asked friends to donate to “Doctors without Borders” instead of giving us gifts. Imagine if 100 kids took donations instead of birthday gifts? Or 1,000?
Our most recent project has shown us the power of getting an entire ‘community’ together. We heard about Arizae.org, a foundation started by friends to raise funds for the people of Ukraine. They have hosted several events and the all of the funds go directly to people in Ukraine for humanitarian aid. We asked to partner with them at their next event which is an educational event about Ukraine at the College of Marin. We decided to host an ‘art show’ with art that will be sold and the proceeds go to arizae.org. We contacted every High School in our county and asked that they decorate a wooden peace sign. They will be displayed at the event and auctioned online. Sixteen High Schools are participating and we are hopeful that this will also raise awareness about the organization with all of the school communities. All funds will go directly to the arizae foundation. We can’t wait to see what happens and we will post pictures for sure!
1. Always let people know where the funds are going
2. Get as many teams, clubs, communities together as possible and give together
3. You don't have to ask for money, you can ask for donations of something that people can purchase or bid on
4. Ask local businesses to match the funds you raise - even if they match 'up-to' a pre-determined amount
All people really need to know is:
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