Most volunteers need to raise a certain percentage of their expenses for an AVS assignment.
Here are some ideas:
- Prepare a letter stating who you are, what the assignment involves, and your part in it. Use the letter as you approach any organization or individual.
- Prepare a budget showing how the funds will be spent.
- If sending the letter by mail, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for replies. However, the most effective method of fundraising is the
- Personal approach. Make an appointment and deliver the letter yourself.
Who should you approach?
- Clubs you belong to, churches, and businesses in your home community.
- Your department chair, deans, chaplains and campus clubs, if you are a student.
- Your hometown paper so they can publicize your project.
- Retail stores for cash or supplies, such as film, sleeping bag or backpack, toiletries, walking shoes or sturdy clothing.
- Local members of state or county government or civic councils may also provide support. They may be interested in a presentation once the project is completed.
Suggestions for fundraising activities:
- charity concerts (bands, choirs, individuals) (charge admission)
- bake sales, craft sales, car washes
- evening events with speakers, family films, plays/mimes (charge admission)
- run/walk-a-thons (solicit pledges: per mile/km or a lump sum)