This year I am participating in Relay for Life for the first time with a team from the Writing Center where I work. Being on a team involves both personal and group fundraising in the weeks leading up to the event on April 26th. For me, personal fundraising has involved sharing my goals with my family and sharing my fundraising page via social media. As a group, my team is focusing on two major projects: a raffle and collecting tips.
The tip jar idea was my boss’s, and it stemmed from how many people pop into the Writing Center to use our stapler. Now, at different stapling hotspots around campus we have tip jars encouraging students who use public staplers to donate their change when they use them.
The raffle project is my favorite method we are using to gain funds because we have been reaching out to the Westminster community for donations and have enjoyed an overwhelmingly positive response. My coworker and I went to some local businesses the other day to talk about Relay for Life and in just an hour we had a gift cards from both CUP, a local tea shop, and Classico’s, a family-owned Italian restaurant. We also got a promise from an Italian deli to fill an entire basket for us.
Besides the places where we secured definite donations, we explored some cool places on Main Street, such as a bookstore called Eclecticity that displayed a ton of local art and had a room where you could fill up at bag of books for $5!
I was a little intimidated by the idea of approaching businesses for donations, but the response has been so positive that I am looking forward to making contact with more organizations. And, of course, all this fundraising is making me really amped for Relay for Life in general!
Thursday, April 18th – Alpha Sig Buffalo Wild Wings night…be there. I’m just kidding, but in all seriousness I’m on top of my game with my job as Fundraising/Philanthropy Chair for my fraternity. Basically my job is to spawn and act on ideas for ways in which to raise money for the fraternity to donate to local causes and drives. The difficulty with my position is that in recent years the fraternity has fallen off its commitment to philanthropy so I don’t have clearly set footprints to follow in. I’ve been pretty successful in making it up as I go, but raising money isn’t an exact science and I’m in a constant battle with apathy among the student body and sometimes among my brothers.
Today I met with a woman from Bdubs (Buffalo Wild Wings) to discuss what it would take to host a fundraiser at their restaurant. Bdubs is a campus favorite, mostly for big game days during football and basketball season, but also for their traditional wings. It’s a prime spot for fundraising. Now I didn’t learn this all on my own, you might say I stole the idea from other organizations on campus (cough, cough, Heroes Helping Hopkins) but, nonetheless, it’s a great idea so I hopped on the bandwagon.
Hopefully we’ll have a good turnout because we’re relying on this particular fundraiser to help the fraternity reach its fundraising goal of $2,500 dollars for McDaniel’s Relay for Life in April, and important cause to me since I lost my grandmother to cancer and should be an important cause to everyone because statistically speaking, you’re probably going to get cancer at some point in your life. Anyway organizing this event has given me some invaluable experience that I can use in almost any career.
I’m currently in the planning stages for an Alpha Sig night at Players Amusement Center in Westminster. A girl I’m friends with who lives on my floor works there and has been amazing in helping me get the plan going and it looks like it might be a success and hopefully bring some money to the fraternity since, like all organizations, we have operating costs as well. In any case, college will throw opportunities like this one to become a leader and if you’re lucky like me you’ll have some great success.