Fundraising volunteer Appreciation

 

So we’ve wrapped up another year on this blog (that makes 5 in case your counting!). At the beginning of 2014 lets take a moment to give a shout out to those people in your school or community that helped out the past year. The people in the background that bring it all together. Without these people no school trips,  band costumes, playground equipment or help for the needy in your town.

If you can think of anyone that deserves a public shout out drop a comment on this blog and let them know you noticed their efforts. Lets make this post a list of appreciation awesomeness!

In the meantime, feel free to fill out the image and send it off to someone who has earned it.

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Univeral Cheerleaders Association

We are fans of the Univeral Cheerleaders Association. They are the go to people for the cheerleading community. UCA provides programs, instruction, camps and more for the cheerleader and cheer squad.

One of the finest qualities about The Universal Cheerleaders Association is their involvement in community service. The association has a history of helping out with charity events like the St Jude Cheer for the Kids Cheer and Dance Competition, The Make A Wish Foundation, Race for the Cure and The Jerry Lewis Telethon. When we found at about all their good works, we knew we had to keep track of them!

Well today they posted this great video from their 2012 Cheer Camp. Featuring the West Point Jr High cheerleaders! The girls lip synch to Carly Rae Jespens Call Me Maybe. Check it out, it’s a lot of fun!

Well done girls, there’s great spirit here!

Don’t forget, contact us if you are looking for help with your school or cheerleading fundraising.

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Fitness Fundraising

Lori Dempsey from Castle Rock decided that she would do what she could to help those involved in the Waldo Canyon Fire earlier this summer. So she put on her dancing shoes…….and called some friends. Her friends happened to be Zumba instructors and all three ladies put on a 2 hour fundraising salsa session! There was no cost for the class but participants were asked to bring in donations for the victims of the fire.

“Seeing that devastation on television and with us having connections down there, I really felt they are part of our community,” Dempsey said. “We felt a responsibility to do what we can to try and help them.”

By the time the message was sent through the community 75 women showed up to help and participate in some steamy latin grooving.

Zumba is an aerobic dance excercise that teaches different dance steps such as merengue, reggaetone and salsa.  It creates a party like atmosphere that the class dances away to. The whole time burning a pile of calories.

At the end of the fundriasing activity Dempsey was very satisfied with the turnout from Douglas County.

“It’s easy to be part of a community when things are going well,” Dempsey said. “But the ties are tested when the chips are down. You really see your true colors.”

If you would like to help your favourite charity cause or hometown contact us for fundraising ideas.We’re fit, fun and groovy and ready to raise money for important things in your life.

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ok so we’re back for a new year of Fundraising and Charity news. Lets leave 2011 behind because I know that for a lot of charity organizations, schools, churches etc it was a very lean year. Fundraising activities are increasingly important to keeping things going. I think we can all see that.

With that said, lets move on.

So what will you work towards this year?

2012 is a brand new year with new opportunities. Do you want to expand services, help animals, fund a well in Africa, provide new musical equipment for your school band? I’ll even accept personal resolutions to this question to see what people are coming up with.

Drop us your comments and lets see what you are excited about for 2012.

Hope for Fundraisers in 2012

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Ford and Lincoln cars sponsor School Fundraiser Well this is interesting. This fundraiser is a great example of how a school fundraising event can  benefit major international companies and schools.

Ford and Lincoln have created a Drive One 4 UR School Event that lets people test drive their cars and raises money for a schools extra curricular activities.

For every qualified person who tests drives a Ford car they will donate $20 to the school or until they reach a maximum donation of $6,000. All drivers have to be at least 18 years old with a valid drivers license.Participation numbers should be high considering the number of high school students looking for cars and wanting to drive. However if Ford is brave enough to do this, well….game on!

The company encourages you to combine this with other fundraisers ( hint, contact us ) so on the event day, as many people as possible show up. It’s a win win situation.

With the funding challenges schools and in particular their sports, band and social clubs have been having this year it’s great to see major sponsors helping out. When other businesses take notice at the amount of sales and press this generates hopefully more companies will tie in to school fundraising with their products.

For more information on how you can put on one of these events, contact Drive One 4 UR School Program Headquarters by phone at 888-908-3673 or check out their website.

Ford  and Lincoln School Sports Fundraiser

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Nominate your Favourite Fundraiser or Charity

 

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altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.
 
We’ve spent the past couple of years talking about different fundraising and charity  initiatives out there that are stepping up and getting things done. We thought we’d give you a chance to mention YOUR  favourite.
 
This is your chance to give a little love to the people or ideas that you feel deserve recognition. Your Nominees can be anybody from local volunteers to huge international organizations or maybe just the ideas themselves. Your mention might motivate further contributions to these organizations so it’s worth your effort.
 
Drop a comment and let the rest of the readers of this blog know the good works that are still being done out there.
 
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Vermont School Fundraising and Charity for Hurricane Irene     Students for across the state of Vermont have been stepping up to the fundraising plate the past couple of weeks to help those suffering from Hurricane Irene’s damage. Strangely enough the devastation has actually had an empowering effect in the school sports community.

 In the aftermath of all the damage and heartache, the Vermont sporting community has tightly bonded, with just about everyone willing to lend a helping hand.

“I’ve been teaching at Harwood for 35 years,” the school’s cross country coach John Kerrigan said, “and never have I seen so much school spirit and sense of pride.

“It’s one of the big positives that has come out of dealing with so much adversity,” added Kerrigan, whose runners have spent hours shoveling mud out of basements and removing debris in hard-hit areas of the central Vermont school district

 School sports teams have had to play their scheduled games in alternate locations in order to continue the season. Other teams have had to travel three times the distance because of road detours but their grit and kindness are still showing through. The state has seen unprompted fundraising events for team rivals. The Fairfax football team raised money and school supplies for Woodstock before the football game between the teams.

 Essex School has officially adopted South Royalton in order to help them recover after a devastating loss to the school left them just with basketballs and uniforms. The acts of charity and help have been inspiring considering that these schools play in different divisions.

 Through the past couple of weeks after Irene schools have donated proceeds of raffle sales to other schools, waived admission fees to those bringing food donations for the cause and students and faculty lending time and effort to the clean up from the hurricane. Everybody has participated.

 “It’s really nice to know we are helping. I can’t even imagine if we lost everything and couldn’t continue our season,” said Amy Yandow, an Essex senior cheerleader and member of the leadership council. “We take sports as a privilege and we want to get it back to where it was for them.”

 Sportsmanship has been learned on the field and these events are showing the students are prepared to put it into action in real life too!

 If you would like to help out for these issues or for your own school sports fundraisers contact us.

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 Bronx Christian Fellowship Fundraising The Bronx Christian Fellowship of NY is putting on their You Wearing Em Shoes benefit Oct 14 2011.

The Benefit will generate money for children of incarcerated parents, families in shelters as well as  homesless families.

As part of our Fight for the Family initiative, we distributed 1,304 coats, almost 1,000 shoes and clothing to the homeless, those in domestic violence shelters, to children of incarcerated parents and others. We had over 1,500 people come through our doors that were not only provided for but empowered with workshops teaching them how to provide for themselves. We partnered with over 50 agencies throughout NYC as the Bronx (where our church is located) is one of the poorest boroughs in the nation, exceeding the national poverty average. New York State has over 100,000 children of incarcerated parents alone. We plan to distribute 1,000,000 coats inclusive of shoes, clothing and sleeping bags by 2020.

Just to sweet talk the  ladies, the event will feature a shoe fashion show! Tickets are available through the Bronx Christian Fellowship website or contact them at 718-231-1033  for more info.

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High School Sports Fundraiser

   Just like a lot of school sports in North America, Florida’s Duvall County school sports have been on the line this year. The difference this year as all years has been their community fundraising efforts. The teams did the usual school fundraising activities and combined them with corporate sponsorship. Once the work got out into the community corporate and personal donations started to roll in.

One donor alone contributed over 24,000 for the tennis program and Florida Blue, with the cooperation of the Gator Bowl Association and others, raised $50,000 for cross-country during a 5K run held at EverBank Field earlier in August.

 SCHOOL SPORTS ON LIST TO BE CUT
VARSITY SPORTS      Students Participating
Cross-country                  190 boys, 219 girls
Golf                                          102 boys, 83 girls
Slow-pitch softball                               257 girls
Wrestling                                                 252 boys
Lacrosse                              194 boys, 176 girls
Tennis                                   134 boys, 175 girls
 

School officials said $43,724 was raised for each sport to keep them alive. There are four remaining sports programs that are continuing to raise the money needed to continue their sport. Those include slow-pitch softball, wrestling, lacrosse and boys junior varsity soccer. About $40,000-$45,000 is needed for these four programs to be offered this school year.

The story isn’t new for many school sports programs. Fundraising has been a long term contributor to keeping these sports going annually. If your school is in the same financial situation, contact a professional fundraising company to  keep your high school sports teams going.

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School Fundraising ideas

Isabel Uzelac is only 12 yet she’s been in the fundraising business 5 years. At the tender age of 7 she felt a need to give back to the community.  She started her own nonprofit, Educational Helpers and started collecting school supplies.

 “I wanted to do something for the community and I did school supplies because it’s something I can relate to,” Uzelac said.

 Isabel calls on local businesses for cash donations. Then Uzelac buys the supplies – which includes backpack, pencils, pens, scissors, calculators, etc. – at local stores such as Staples, Wal-Mart and Target. Her first year she raised $100 and this year has raised $3,300 as of Aug. 11. She supplies students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

 WOW huh!

 Isabel currently has 50 backpacks filled with school supplies that she will donate to shelters in the Indiana region. With this much success she’s planning on expanding her school fundraising area through the state.

To donate, mail checks to Educational Helpers, P.O. Box 184, Valparaiso, Ind. 46385. To contact Uzelac email educationalhelpers@comcast.net or call her mother, Anita Uzelac, at (219) 309-6158 and watch for her upcoming website educationhelpers.

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