Provide pancake breakfast plates after masses on a Sunday morning and let the youth serve as waiters and waitresses for the donors. You can either charge per plate or simply ask for donations by placing donation jars on each table. A way to cut costs is to ask for ingredient donations or for your local Knights of Columbus to donate to the cost of supplies.
Bulk flowers can be bought fairly cheaply. If you sell them slightly marked up, you can use the profit for your Catholic Heart trip this summer. The buyers will be reminded of the service you are providing when they see the flowers blooming in their yard. You could even include a prayer card with each purchase asking the buyer to pray for your group this summer every time they pass their flowers.
Have a small entrance fee, a team registration fee, and, potentially, a raffle of donated items in between games. Plus, the fun of the game and social night will be enjoyed by all! You could even make simple T-shirts for the event.
Everyone can declutter and find a few things to sell. Instead of giving to Goodwill this spring, try holding a rummage sale and use the profits to benefit your youth group. This is a great way to involve grandparents and encourage family bonding by sorting through your basement or attic together.
Babysitting/Parent’s Night Out
This one takes a bit of planning and, depending on your turnout, a number of volunteers. Offer a night of babysitting for the parents of your church so they can have a worry-free date night. Parents can drop off their kids, and your teens (and maybe a few adult chaperones) can play games and entertain, making sure all fingers and toes are accounted for when the parents return from a child-free dinner and movie. A set price or donations can be established.
Lent Indulgence Drop
When Lent begins, lots of people give up something they purchase daily. Be it coffee, a soda, or breakfast on the way to work, by giving up this indulgence, they are left with money that would typically be going to a Starbucks cash register. Set up a table outside the church doors, asking for Lent Indulgence Donations. The money they usually spend on daily or weekly indulgences can be donated to your teens’ trip to serve others this summer.
Who doesn’t love homemade baked goods? Who can pass up goodies for a good cause? Not many people can/will pass up cookies. Get in contact with your priest and ask if you are able to have a bake sale following mass times, where all the proceeds go to your mission trip. Take the time during the bake sale to inform the parishioners about the mission trip. Crack open those family recipes and start the ovens. Roll the dough to make the dough.
A lot of people do not like washing their car because it takes time and effort. With a lot of hands, a car wash does not take too long. Round up all the participants going on the mission trip and have a carwash after the last mass on Sunday. A good tip for a smooth carwash is to have groups in charge of one thing: watering the car, sponges, and soap, rinsing, and drying. It can be a “free” carwash, where donations are accepted.
The holiday season gets busy buying all the gifts, people may forget or have no desire to wrap their presents. This allows an opportunity to raise money and offer to wrap Christmas gifts in exchange for donations. The trick for this fundraiser is to go to shops that you are able to buy in bulk or talk with managers to see if there is a way for a store to donate the wrapping paper.
Test the knowledge of your friends, families, and parishioners. Trivia night can be a successful way to raise a large portion of funds and have a good time with friends. The main items needed for a trivia night are a projector and screen, slideshow presentations for the questions, tables and chairs, a group ready to help collect and score answers, and knowledgeable participants. It can be fun if you allow the teams to bring in their own food and have some food available to buy throughout the night! If you do know local companies, ask if they’d be willing to donate items for an auction. That would be an easier way to raise a good sum of the funds.
Do you like to pin DIY projects on Pinterest? This is a perfect opportunity to utilize those pins on Pinterest. Make several different crafts and sell them to raise funds for your mission trip. The specific way I raised money was I painted canvases, or I took requests for canvas designs. The best time to promote the crafts is during the holiday season. The craft is more than just a gift, it is a gift that is spreading God’s love to all different people. A few ideas for crafts are homemade ornaments, painted picture frames, and t-shirt headbands. Anything that you feel like people would like to buy is something to consider crafting up. The key to making a bigger profit is to buy supplies when they go on sale or when there are coupons. People really like to invest in homemade projects, especially when it is for a good cause.