In today’s tough economy it seems like everyone is struggling to find a buck, even our youth activities groups. If there is a classification of people that should never have to worry about money, it should be our children. Since this is not the case I have compiled a short list of fundraising activities for youth groups of all ages!
Bottle drives are a great way to raise money! You can ask your neighbors, friends, family and extended friends of the family to let you collect their bottles. Then turning them in can result in loads of money for uniforms or trips for your group. All too often bottle drives stop there. Most people forget to ask their churches to help in bottle drives and other places too like big businesses. If there are any large businesses, office buildings or what have you, located near you, you should contact them! Most of these places have other companies that come in and clean their buildings for them. It’s a little known fact that the employees for the cleaning companies are not allowed to take anything out of the trash, this includes bottles. If one of the group leaders offers to pick them up daily these companies are usually glad to give the bottles away!
For older kid groups it’s always fun to auction off services. For girls typically it’s babysitting, for boys usually yard services or housework can be a good place to start. Our youth groups were able to raise over $800 in a single night using these very ideas!
When raising money for youth groups it’s always a good idea to get as much of the community involved as you can. One of my favorites was the time we hosted the huge community swap! The student body went around asking for any random items that the people no longer wanted or had a need for. It was amazing just how much we accumulated! We received permission from our school board to use one of the high schools, it took all of the tables in the cafeteria and a good portion the hall ways to present all of the items we were given. Since it was a fundraiser we posted signs all over the building stating “make a donation”. No price tags were listed but we raised enough money to cover the cost of bus’s for the season.
Now one thing you might ask is how do you get people to come in? that part was easy-peasy, we posted flyers all over the community. We had signs up for six weeks while we collected items, these flyers stated the team, the reason we were raising money, the date and location of the sale and also that there would be no prices, that people would be able to explore all the items and make a donation of their choosing.
We posted them everywhere, our local hardware stores, grocery stores, gas stations, churches and convenience stores. The team wore the old beat up uniforms and did all of the work including loading all of the cars with everyone’s new treasures!
Over all when you get creative with your fund raising you’re sure to find that not only can you raise a ton of money but you can also have a great time while doing so!