Over the years, our fundraising efforts have included many different types of product sales and events: pizza, candles, KidStuff books, sweatshirts, candy bars, car washes, bowling nights, clothing drives … so on and so forth. In August 2015, in an effort to reduce the frequency of events and sales and the volunteer time necessary to oversee those events and sales, we tried out a new approach: asking that each family in the program seek out sponsorship and donation support. In anticipation of a successful campaign, we eliminated some of the more time-consuming, volunteer-heavy events. Results of the 2015 sponsorship appeal were strong and so this is now an annual event.
Our annual goal is to raise at least $150 in sponsorships or donations per student member. We understand that some students may raise more and some may raise less, but working together we feel we can achieve our overall goal.
How? By sending letters to friends, family members, and area businesses and asking for their financial support.
The process begins during Band Camp, typically on the first day, when students complete and address their letters.