Mission Statement: The PV Volunteers are an ecumenical community of diverse individuals. By providing a service experience in a variety of settings, we respond to human need, form relationships and encourage change and growth both in ourselves and with those we serve.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Year, New Ideas

As most of you are aware, the PV Program has thrived because of the generosity of our volunteers and their support of the program.  This support, along with grants, is becoming more and more needed as we move forward into the future.  We have been brainstorming ideas for different fundraising activities that we can all organize in our own community.  If you have other ideas you would like to share, please share in the comment section.

Speak at your church about your personal experiences.  We can provide a Talking Points sheet with statistics (just ask).
Book exchange/fair:  Kids and families gather children’s books and then trade them for 25/50 cents with proceeds to the PVs.
Spaghetti Dinners/Soup Suppers at your church:  Parish Spaghetti dinner event with friends and parishioners.  And ask local business to donate soups with proceeds to the PVs.  Use photos of WV to explain how this supports the program. 
Birthday Gift:  Ask friends/relatives to make a donation instead of buying you a gift.  Also use the Alternative Gift program donation to buy a porch/sponsor a child in camp.
Snack Food Fast:  Students pledge to give up junk food for a week in lieu of a donation to the PV program.
Car Wash:  Find a good spot and host a car wash with proceeds to the program.
Matching Gifts:  Some companies will match a donation you make to the PVs.  Contact your companies HR representative, obtain a matching gift form and complete it.
Organize a Live with Passion event in your community.
Publicize:  Send information on fundraising events to your local newspaper and TV channel.  The PVs can help you draft a press release.  Also use Facebook and Twitter.

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