Adults aren’t the only ones taking action to support the relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Kids care too and are moved to help! From stuffing change into pickle jars to
selling baked goods in front of schools to collecting clothes for Haitian
children, kids are making an impact in their schools and communities. As parents, the tragedy in Haiti presents a learning opportunity for
fostering and supporting our children's good will and teaching them
about compassion, philanthropy and how they can make a difference far from home.
Too cold for lemonade stands, four Washington youngsters have opened hot cocoa stands to raise money for the cause. The children at Eanes Elementary School in Austin, TX asked the student council for special permission to raise money for the people of Haiti. The children are calling on their peers to do extra chores, wash cars, walk neighbor's dogs and dig into their allowance to raise funds for relief efforts. The program is from kids to kids.
Kid-friendly Fundraising Ideas
Here are some other simple ideas for raising money that can be kid-led or involve children as core to the efforts:
- Multi-family or school-wide garage sale
- Collect recyclable aluminum cans and glass bottles for credit from recycling centers
- Hats for Haiti – sell tickets to wear kids' favorite hats to school on a designated school day
- Neighborhood dog wash
To help spark ideas for more age-appropriate fund raisers, please see our free eBook: Kid-Friendly Fundraising Ideas from A-Z (click here).
The fundraising eBook has fun ideas suitable for individual children and groups like school groups, Scouts and teams.
The profits from these fundraisers can be donated to any organization supporting the Haiti effort. The American Red Cross, CARE. Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children and UNICEF are some non profits aiding the cause. A list of charities aiding the earthquake relief effort can be found on NPR's website.
Once a fundraising idea is in place, the next step is organization. Parents or youth leaders should be responsible for this, and VolunteerSpot can make it headache-free. VolunteerSpot's free, online volunteer scheduler recruits, assigns, and notifies volunteers up to the day of the project, making organization easy and stress-free.
Parents, give us a shout about what your kids are doing to help! Please click 'comments' below to add your creative ideas for raising money with kids.