Each CHWC Mission participant has the opportunity to fund raise the entire cost of their trip. In a youth groups effort to raise the necessary funds, keep in mind that fundraising allows people who may not have the opportunity to travel on a mission trip to participate in this essential work through youth group members. “Some people give by going while others go by giving.” Allowing others to support your efforts through their financial commitments and prayers.
We are constantly asked if we have any fundraising ideas, so we asked a bunch of youth ministers what they did to raise money for CHWC this list is a compilation of some of the best ones. If you have any fundraising ideas email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
“Flamingo Sale…Your youth can sell pink flamingo yard ornaments. People in the parish pay for a flamingo (or 100) to be put in someone’s yard. The group would then one night drive to the homes and “deliver” the flamingos. The group can also sell “flamingo insurance” for the homeowners that don’t want any in their yard.” -Joe Welch, Oklahoma City, OK
“Make a map that shows the distance from our church to Workcamp. Parishioners can buy a mile to help you get closer to your goal of getting there. Make a cross or a hammer cutout and put their family name on it. Could say something like: The ________family supports St. Joseph Youth.” -Rene Platten, Memphis, TN
“At CHWC we have Taco Tuesdays…TACO TUESDAY NIGHTS…Invite the parish for a free taco dinner (have someone sponsor the food). Have the teens give witness talks and show pictures and videos of their work at CHWC. You can then ask the people to write checks and leave them in the paint cans on the tables. The pictures and stories will touch people’s hearts!” -Maggie McGowan, Lakeland, FL
“‘Change for Change’ – Have your teens talk at mass about what they will do at CHWC. Ask the parishioners to donate their spare “change” (bills and checks) to help us make a change in the world. Have your teens stand outside of mass with paint buckets for the people to put their money in.” -Michelle Murphy, Sanford, FL
“Pancake Sausage Breakfast – Ask all the teens going to camp to donate a specific food item for the breakfast, that way you will have no cost and everything you make is pure profit. They are “All You Can Eat” breakfasts and all you ask is a free will donation. Sell wreaths, garland, etc. for Christmas. Get merchandise from www.sherwoodforestfarms.com. There is no money due until a couple of weeks after after delivery of merchandise, which is nice. Homemade Pizzas – order all supplies from Sam’s Club/Costco. Make them available for pick-up Superbowl weekend. This makes very good money.” -Mickey Nickrent, Mahomet, IL
“Take Stock in our Youth – Make a flyer that will say, ‘Our youth will be participating in Catholic HEART Workcamp (explain what CHWC is). [Add what the total cost of the trip will be.] Our Teens are selling “STOCK” in themselves to raise money for this service trip. A donation of $10.00 or more entitles the donor to a piece of this experience. The donor will be invited to attend the Saturday evening mass before the trip, with a cookie and punch reception following to meet the people they have invested their money in. They will be sent a “dividend statement” from the camp updating them on the work being completed.’ And finally, invite them to another cookie and punch event to view pictures of the week and hear stories of the participant’s adventures and how their experiences enhanced their faith. To purchase stock ask them to mail their contribution to (put name of contact and address where to send.)” -Maureen Ragsdale, St. Louis, MO
“Super Bingo – We pre-sell tickets at $25 per person, which includes a $1,000 jackpot along with 20 regular games with specials and other “rip-off” games of chance. We start with a plate lunch that the kids serve and we really make money when people buy extra cards and specials. The last few years we have averaged $4,500-$5,000 for one afternoon of work. We have found that the Saturday between the last NFL playoff game and before the Super Bowl weekend is ideal to catch all of the Bingo aficionados. We also we advertise the Bingo at the local area bingos several weeks before the event; the diehard bingo players, not necessarily our parishioners, are the ones who support these Bingos. They like the lunch and helping the kids too!” -Mary Blythe, North Huntingdon, PA
“Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – The kids in the youth group do a dinner theater play; we serve a dinner and give away a few door prizes. We love it because the kids have a ball putting the play together and it doesn’t require a lot of extra practices or scenery etc. The audience likes getting dinner and guessing ‘who dun it’. We sell Advent supplies (calendars, candle sets, wreaths, religious cards, etc.) after Masses for two weekends before Advent begins. The Parishioners are grateful to get their Advent sacramentals and we make about $1,500 for very little work. Cross Ornaments – We make crosses out of construction paper and attach a small envelope (coin size) to the envelope and on it and write, ‘You’re invited to…”. On the inside of the envelope, we ask the people to pray for our youth who are going to NCYC or CHWC so that they will grow spiritually. We also invite them to share the monetary burden if they choose by returning the envelope through the collection basket with any donation they care to make. People put in $5 – $500. We hang the cross ornaments on a Christmas tree in the back of church for a couple of weeks about two months before the designated event. Lastly, we do Hoagie sales after all masses one weekend every 3 months.” -Mary Blythe, North Huntingdon, PA
“We host a 32-team 5th and 6th grade co-ed basketball tournament. We have $4,000 in the bank from entry fees before the tournament even starts. With admission fees and concessions, we will make around $8,000! A lot of work over two weekends (we only play Friday night and Saturday) but there are great rewards AND we use it as an opportunity to show everyone what we are doing at CHWC with a video playing the entire time.” -Randy Alderman, Greenville, IL
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