Before clicking "Submit" on their Service Trip applications, a few students admitted to feeling a bit uneasy about agreeing to fundraise a portion of the cost of the service project, known as the Community Contribution Fee (CCF).
The CCF is a way for volunteers to help fund the water and sanitation projects they will be helping to construct during Service Trips.
It might seem like a challenge, but this fundraising commitment shouldn't be a reason to hold back on applying for a Service Trip. YOU CAN DO IT. In one day to be exact. We're going to show you how.
STEP #1. CREATE YOUR ONLINE FUNDRAISING PAGE.
BLUE Missions will provide you with an online fundraising platform. Just create an account, add your information, tell people why your passionate about BLUE Missions, and voila! You're all set to start collecting donations.
STEP #2: MAKE A LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE PEOPLE.
Write down a list of the people in your life who care about you, and the things you care about. Start with relatives; i.e. uncle, aunt, godparent, cousin. Then move on to close family friends. If you are older than a college student, include your best friends in this list. You should try to get around 10 to 20 people on your list.
STEP #3: PICK UP THE PHONE.
Texts and emails can be too impersonal. Show everyone how serious you are about your fundraiser by calling each person on your list one by one. Talk to them about BLUE Missions, your upcoming Service Trip, and then finally, your fundraiser. If your goal is to raise $250, ask each person for $25. Make sure you communicate that you need 10 people to give you that amount so you can reach your goal. If your goal is $500, either ask 20 people for $25 or 10 people for $50.
STEP #4: FOLLOW UP.
As soon as you hang up with each person, send them a text with a link to your fundraising page and say "I am forever grateful" or something like that.
STEP #5: SAY THANK YOU.
Now that you've fundraised your CCF in one day, think of a special way of saying thank you to your donors. Send them a card, or a printed picture of you on your service trip once you get back. Knit them socks that say "You're Purrfect" with kittens.