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July 28, 2014

Raising money and getting volunteers for environmental projects

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Fundraising and Environmental Health
 

Environmental Community Service Ideas

 

Most people value the environment and are concerned about the damage that occurs to their backyard each year. However, that concern doesn’t always lead to personal action. Often people don’t know how to help with environmental issues in a practical way. If you have planned an environmental project that needs funding, engaging your community in the fundraising process is a great way to give people a way to help. It’s not easy to ask for money but when you couple it with unique ideas, you’ll improve your chances!

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Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) – they help keep it clean!

Creeklife helps nudge people into helping on-line (dollars) and off-line (workers or volunteers) because the website is dedicated to the outdoors most project are well received by business and the non-profit community making fundraising for the event easier and to get you outside and working on that environmental project.through Crowdfunding Now armed with a platform like this, you can easily translate this to fun for the people doing the work AND the donors.

We’re all familiar with the walk-a-thon method of fundraising, people go door-to-door or campaign with friends and family, requesting a donation based on the distance they travel or amount of hours they put into something. Often the things people are doing to request donations have nothing to do with the organization they are fundraising for. (For example, walking great distances has no direct correlation with fighting cancer.) However, you can use small environmental clean ups in your own community to get donations. Ask people to donate an amount for every piece of trash that volunteers collect in rivers, fields or public areas. Or, have people donate an amount for every hour a volunteer will spend sorting trash into recycling and compost at a public festival.

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Get the kids involved!

Your community probably values these smaller environmental projects enough to contribute financially toward someone willing to volunteer to do them, (it is a way for them to help without investing their specific time) then you can use the money raised in these small community based projects to fund your larger project.

The key to this style of fundraising is to have a large volunteer base willing to solicit donations and volunteer in the smaller project. Consider partnering with local schools or large businesses who will contribute volunteers to your cause.

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