Youth Volunteer & Donation Ideas
1. Support Our Scouts – The Children’s Shelter has started a Cub Scout program for our boys ages 6 and up. We could use your help finding uniforms, badges and supplies needed to complete their projects!
2. Basket Raffle – Pick different themes for baskets full of goodies (If you are in a classroom setting, every class can pick a different theme and assign each child to bring one thing to fill the basket). Basket ideas could be sports theme, chocolate, summer fun, etc. Then sell $1 raffle tickets for each basket.
3. Holiday Flower Sale – This is a great event to hold before Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day! Contact a local nursery that will sell you flowers at a discount (either single carnations and roses or perhaps potted plants). Send order forms home with the students, and have people pick up their orders at the school
4. Raffle – This is a reliable old standby because it works and it’s fun! A raffle works well in conjunction with another event like a fair or auction. Use donated prized to make 100% profit!
5. Garage Sale – One person’s junk can be another person’s treasure! Organize a garage sale and you’ll clean out your house and give back to the community at the same time. The organization gets 100% profit and you get a cleaner house!
6. Recipe Book – Participants can gather favorite recipes. Provide categories for the contributors, such as appetizers, fish, chicken, desserts, etc. so you don’t end up with too many in one category. For best results, have a local printer compile and print the booklets. Utilize as many avenues as possible to sell the booklets: school events, flyers, etc.
7. Used CD/Book/DVD Sale – Bring gently used CD’s, books and DVD’s to sell and raise funds. Contact nearby libraries or schools for additional contributions. Each item should be organized by category and priced reasonably.
8. Penny War – Groups challenge one another to collect the most pennies! Participants are encouraged to place nickels, dimes and quarter in the collection.
9. Art Gallery – Sell your own artwork, paintings or sculptures during an open house of Evening of Art event. A local frame shop may be willing to donate framing for the artwork or a gallery may help to promote the event by displaying one or two pieces during the week of the sale.
10. Bake Sale – participants donate and price home-baked goods. With prior permission, hold the bake sale at school or a local shopping center. Also good to incorporate into special events.
11. Benefit Concert or Talent Show – Invite the community to a student talent show or band/orchestra concert at school. Charge a fee for admission and refreshment to raise funds.
12. Survivor Kits – During mid-terms or finals at school, sell “survivor kits” full of munchies and test supplies to keep up students’ energy levels during late night study sessions.
13. Spirit Day or Week – One week per month (typically Friday), students or employees donate needed items. Anyone who donates gets to wear a hat that Friday (or jeans, or something fun)!
14. Restaurant Night – Work with a local restaurant to have them donate a percentage of the night’s profits to The Shelter. Signs around schools and the community can be displayed to encourage participation.
15. Change for Children – Security Service Federal Credit Union has joined with The Children’s Shelter to sponsor Change for Children – a campaign aimed at organizing coin drives among families, friends, schools, and businesses in San Antonio. 100% of the proceeds will be used to serve children in our care. The change will go directly toward reaching the goal of the KONO Kares for Kids radiothon. Participating businesses will be announced on the radio for the donation amount received from their campaign.
16. Get a Present, Give a Present – For a Child’s birthday, give his or her friends The Children’s Shelter’s Wish List and request all party attendees to bring an item from the list instead of a present for the child. The presents can then be dropped off at The Shelter to be given to the children in our care.
*Please note that you must be 18 years of age or older to directly present gift items to the children in our care, tour the facility or plan an activity with the children.*
For Additional Information Contact:
E'Randa Newsome, Senior Executive Support Assistant
Fax: (210) 785-9268
2939 W. Woodlawn Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78228
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