So much has happened since my last post! We ran the Summer Lunch Program for our 2nd year in a row, delivering approximately 450 lunches to kids in need. That's over 900 lunches in 2 years! This is where I owe a huge THANK YOU to my daughter, Tiffany (aka Allison). Since I was working day shift this past summer, she was stuck with running the entire program on her own. From making the sandwiches to the delivery 5 days a week. One of the perks of being my kid. ;-)
We just went through the 2015 holiday season. Thanksgiving saw more donations than ever and we had everything on our list to give to each family! Christmas was a bit more worrisome. Donations were very slow to come in, and we were saved at the very last minute by a very sweet woman who has donated before. She took care of everything that was left on our list so that, again, we were able to give each family a complete meal. <3
I keep stressing at the holidays tho. I know that, so far, 95% of our donations have come from my own high school friends. People I can harass through facebook. This isn't fair to them or to the charity, since I know we could get a lot more help if I could just find the right channels. I've tried posting on Craigslist, but didn't get a single response. Not even a scam offer. lol I need more time to research different avenues. Maybe putting a couple free ads (do they still do that??) in the local tribunes or something like that. I really need to find someone that has experience with fundraising.
Which brings me to ... fundraising! lol Gonna take another crack at getting the local high school kids involved again. Taco Time and Papa Murphy's both have coupon programs to help raise money. Taco Time's program is a lot sweeter...we'd get to keep 100% of the profits, and the booklets sell for only $1 each. Papa Murphy's is a bit different, and a bit more costly. I'm working on flyers for the schools now. If we can get a halfway decent response, I want to have the kids help sell the booklets to their family and friends.
Is that it? Oh...nope. Our 'New Program' is still just that. No name...no participants. Yet. I have one kid I keep teasing...waiting for her to turn 16 so she can start volunteering with me at Habitat. She's almost there. ;-)