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Thinking Outside Of The Box

As we look at the future and dream of new ways we can support local families experiencing homelessness, we know that it is time to get CREATIVE in order to continue to fund this mission! We are asking our community who supports our mission to ask this question, “How can my community think creatively about fundraising and supporting Family Promise in 2017?” Here is the truth…It really does take a village. We know we couldn’t do the work we do, without you and we wouldn’t want to. We believe we are better together! Your efforts are much appreciated by the staff and board of Family Promise, and our guests.

As the head of the fundraising committee and a past coordinator, I am well aware of how much time and energy hosting our families takes. But we also need money to make the program work-specifically $85,000 this year from fundraising.  I’d like to challenge you to find someone in your community who would like to help with fundraising by either joining our committee or heading up a money making event at your location. It can be as simple as a bake sale or pancake breakfast. Or as elaborate as the Finding Home Concert just put on by Katie Vigil and Arvada United Methodist Church which raised $3000.   This April, Calvary Baptist Church is planning a Used Book, Bloom and Bake sale to raise $1500 to replace 3 beds ($500 each).   This event doesn’t take much pre-work and also helps declutter your home. Betti Krapfl, Ruth Smeal and Gayle Craun will again be holding their Annual Summer Solstice Tea July 8th which raises about $8000.   If each participating organization hosted one event annually bringing in $1000 each, we’d be more than one third of the way to our goal of $85000.

And to be honest, the fundraising committee members are getting older and need new blood to make our biggest fundraiser-Warming Ways for Winter-continue to be a success.   This will be the 20th anniversary and our theme this year will be Family Reunion. As always, we appreciate your donations of gift cards, getaways, services, baskets and your purchase of tables. Save the date of Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Temple Emanuel. We hope to raise $65,000 this year.

In closing, please consider hosting a money maker, joining the fundraising committee, and encouraging your fellow volunteers to attend Warming Ways for Winter and participate in the Bed Race September 16th.

P.s.I welcome any emails with questions or comments and will give the group that raises the most money from their fundraiser a Table for 10 at Warming Ways for Winter.

Thank you for your support,

Pat Hagen
Head of Fundraising Committee
Family Promise of Greater Denver
pwestcotthagen@comcast.net

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