Luncheon: As much food as one’s hand can hold!

7 11 2012

You know the feeling. You’re hungry and you want lunch, fast!

Take advantage of the lunch-time rush by serving up some good eats at a community event in your town!  Whether it be a play festival, local races, holiday events, Farmer’s Markets, etc., you should have a ton of options, especially as the holiday’s are approaching!

Want to get a piece of the action? Serving lunch at a community event is a great way to earn expeditions funds.  Here’s how your team can make some green…

  1. Research upcoming town events.  Your town will undoubtedly have a website where big community events are listed.  Log-on and see what you can find!
  2. Contact the host organization. Contact your town district (or whoever’s running the event) and ask if you can serve lunch.  Explain that you’re earning money towards your World Challenge Expedition, and they’ll undoubtedly be happy to have you.
  3. Decide what you’ll serve. You’ll want to get a good idea of what the space is like where you’ll be setting up.  If there’s an outside area you could set up a grill, but if you’re confined to a room you’ll want to follow Norwell’s example and plan on sandwiches or roll-ups.  Contact a local grocery store to ask for food donations, to help cover your costs.  You can also solicit donations of bottled water and chips, and have a few of your classmates bring home-made baked goods.
  4. Divide and conquer.  Make a list of the different items you’ll need and assign them to different team members.  You’ll need drinks, sandwich components, chips, and dessert, and don’t forget to have someone responsible for asking for donations!
  5. Set up shop.  Organization is key to having a successful lunch fundraiser.  Make sure to arrive with plenty of time to show up, as you’ll want to be ready for the hungry masses!  Make sure you have a station where people pay at the end, with coins and dollar bills to make change.

Did your team run an awesome fundraiser this month?  Let us know, you could be next!





Used Gadget Drive

5 11 2012

Most people have no idea what to do with old electronics.  Throwing them away seems like such a waste, but how do you recycle them?

You and your team can provide all of the answers and make money to boot.  Just start a Used Gadget Drive.

How? We’re glad you asked…

  1. Find a site.   There are plenty of websites that will give you cash for old electronics.  Two great options are Gazelle and Recycling Fundraisers.   Both will give you tons of help promoting your event (Gazelle even helps you create your own fundraising website).  They also guarantee that nothing you send them will end up in a landfill.
  2. Decide where to set up shop. Ask your principal if you can set up a bin at school, and go around to local grocery stores/pharmacies asking if you can do the same (make sure you tack up a sign letting people know what they’re donating towards!).
  3. Get the word out!  Plaster your town with fliers, send out emails to family and friends, make announcements at school.  Everyone has a digital camera they haven’t touched or a cell phone that has been lying in their desk drawer ever since they upgraded – it’s up to your advertizing efforts to make sure it ends up in your hands!
  4. Ship the goods.  Both of the websites above offer you free shipping.  Just print off the labels, drop them at your local post office, and wait for your check!

If you decide to run your own Recycling Fundraiser, let us know!  Your efforts to go green and make some green could make you the next ‘Team of the Month’!





Money Raising: Enlist the Neighborhood

11 05 2012

If you’re a summer away from expedition, you’re probably focused on saving money to prepare!

Spread the word around your neighborhood. Talk about your World Challenge Expedition to everyone you can, because many of your neighbors will be impressed by your goal and willing to help support you. Here are three easy jobs your neighbors may need help with:

1. Babysitting – Go to all of the houses that have young kids and hand out cards with your name, email, and phone number.  Ask them to contact you if they ever need a babysitter (or pet-sitter, or plant-sitter). A few of my neighbors even offered higher rates for that summer since they knew what I was rasing the money for!

2. Yard Sales – If your parents have a garage or basement to empty out, consider asking them if you can organize the yard sale and take some of the profits. Ask any neighbors you know well if they have old baby toys or other items they want sold – if you’re pricing the items, putting up the flyers, organizing newspaper ads, and making the sales, chances are they’ll let you take some of the profits as well!

3. Lawn Care – Talk to any neighbors who might be interested in having their lawn mowed or the landscaped parts watered. I earned $200 taking care of my neighbor’s hedges and potted plants all summer. A teammates family invested in their own lawn mower instead of using a lawncare service. They paid their daughter less to mow the lawn than they had paid the service, the investment quickly became profitable!

I raised over $2000 the summer before expedition through these three activities. Get your name and story out there and you are guaranteed to impress some neighbors who will find jobs for you to take on!

-Sarah





Fundraising Can Be Quick & Easy!

12 01 2012

WOW!  Check out this video of two World Challenge Challengers from the International School of Amsterdam, telling a bunch of adults at the Open Circles Academy about World Challenge, and how they raised €2800 in 10 minutes.

 





Take the Plunge!

1 12 2011

Dive into adventure!

Take part in a group Polar Plunge (or organize a similar event close to home).

It’s always fun AND it gives you can earn a part of your tuition at the same time!

As an example, check out this from Sturgis High School.  (P.S.  YOU’RE INVITED!)

In 2011 they started the Polar Plunge Tradition and it was a huge success!  Each student raised an average of $600!

Join the Madness:

  • Sign up! Email info@wcepeidtions.com to request a pledge form.
  • Collect Pledges: If 100 people pledge $5 you’ll have an easy $500!
  • Join Sturgis HS at their event, or organize your own.

All the Details:

  • When:  January 7, 2012
  • Start time: 12:00 p.m.  (Meet at 11:30am at the beach.)
  • End time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Where:  Sandy Neck Beach – Barnstable, Massachusetts Come as a team or on your own.
  • Don’t forget: a bathing suit, towel, warm clothes, and a camera to document the day (obviously)!

Tips for Earning Money

  • Write a sponsorship letter (or email us for a template) to tell friends, family members, and local businesses what you’re doing and why it’s important.  Spread the word in-person, on Facebook, and over email (your parents can help too).
  • Set up a donation account with www.chipin.com to make it easy for people to give online.
  • Consider supporting a local charity (give half to a community organization and put the other half towards your expedition).
  • Start NOW

If you want in on the action but it’s too far away, organize your own event and let us know!!

Disclaimer: WC Expeditions will not operate or supervise the event described herein.  Any individual attending the event does so at his or her own risk.  The information provided below is provided as a convenience to you, and WC Expeditions accepts no liability for any damages, injuries or other individual actions related to this event.  Families should be aware that while various teachers from several participating schools may be on-hand help students, there will be no official chaperone or on-site organizer for this event.  Any activities  that students participate in prior to a World Challenge expedition which are not directly monitored and supervised by World Challenge, including any planning, training or other preparation such as fundraising activities and organizational meetings conducted outside the presence of World Challenge personnel shall not be deemed to be part of the World Challenge program.  Neither World Challenge nor any participating teachers or associated school groups will be responsible for the health or safety of participating Challengers.




Not Your Average Fundraiser: Dodgeball

15 11 2011

This month, organize a Dodgeball Tournament!

What better way to get all of your classmates together than for a fun night of dodgeball, and you’ll earn money for your team’s World Challenge Expedition!

1. Pick a day and a time. Pick a night during the week when most of the student body and faculty seem to be free from other commitments.

2. Price it right. Charge a fixed rate for each team who signs up and will be participating in the event.

3. Plan the event. Your high school gym would be a perfect place to host the tournament, so get permission first! Next, advertise that your classmates should form a team (groups of 5 are a good number for a team) and sign up before the event. They should all wear a “team uniform” to the event. You will need to make a bracket system so you keep track of which team’s play who and how team’s will advance:

example

Create rules for the event, and make sure everyone knows them before they play. Make sure that you have referee’s and a host for the event! Decide what you are going to award the winning team at the end and get an awesome soundtrack to play all night long!

4. Get the word out. Give yourself at least two weeks to plaster your school with fliers and posters, and give your participants enough time to form groups and sign up!

5. Set-up. Get to your location at least two beforehand to set up all the stations! Decide who is going to be in charge of what and have fun!

 





A Festive Fall Fundraiser

31 10 2011

The cool fall air has started to make its way into New England, and you know what that means, falling leaves, the first frost and APPLES!

What better way to celebrate the coming of fall than with a Apple Pie Baking and Eating Contest Fundraiser!

So break out those pie pans, forks and knives and welcome fall!

1. Pick a day. Weekends are a good time to have an event like this. Sunday’s would be a good day because it gives people some time to bake their best pie!

2. Price it right. For the Apple Pie Baking portion: you can charge people a fixed dollar amount per pie that is entered into the contest, and give a portion of the money to the winner. For the Apple Pie Eating contest: you can either have people donate money to the person they think is going to win, or have each participant pay a fixed dollar amount to enter (we recommend that you do the later), and give a portion of the money to the winner, or do both!

3. Plan the event. First you’ll need to choose a location- can you hold it in your schools parking lot, or is there another popular spot in the center of town that would give you permission? You will want to provide some activities to keep people busy at the event! You could have an apple bobbing station, or some fun games for kids to play. Be sure to sell beverages (hot apple cider!) and some snacks too! Be sure to provide apple pies for your hungry eaters! Make sure a lot of your team members can go, and decide who will be in charge of what!

4. Get the word out. Give yourself at least two weeks to plaster your community and school with fliers and posers. Makes sure everyone in your network knows about your sale and what the efforts are going towards. Consider getting a press release to your local newspaper!

5. Set-up. Get to your location two hours beforehand to set up all the stations! Remember to have change in case people only have large bills, and don’t forget to wear your World Challenge t-shirts!








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