Ways to get yourself, your friends, your workplace and your groups involved with ATC
Are you looking to find a different way, other than donating or volunteering, to support ATC? One of the ways you can have an enormous impact on our organization is by sharing the work of ATC with others. There are tons of creative ways that you can bring more money, time, in-kind donations, and community awareness to At The Crossroads. If you have your own ideas, we’d love to hear them! If you’re interested in any of these options, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the “I Think I Can Campaign”! We’d love you to join the 102 people who have raised more than $100,000 in 2010. The campaign is like a walkathon, but you don’t have to walk. Pick any goal and get your friends and family to sponsor you. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it works! Even if you have no idea of what you would want your goal to be, sign up anyway. All it means is that one of our fantastic Campaign Coordinators will check in with you to help you with ideas. Visit our I Think I Can Website and hop on board the Little Engine for Good today!
Join us on our Summer Sunday hike! Help raise money for ATC, be active, and enjoy some amazing views during this half-day hike up the beautiful Mount Tamalpais in Marin County this August. You will be trekking up one of the Bay Area’s highest peaks and getting your friends to sponsor you in order to raise funds for ATC. Visit our Summer SunDay website to learn more!
Make a donation to ATC. Right now, your donation means more than ever to us. Foundations and corporations have limited funds, and are being stretched thin by increasing need in the social service community. We know that many of you also have less money, and we want you encourage you to give whatever feels comfortable.
Find out if your workplace gives money to non-profits. Corporations give away billions of dollars each year to nonprofit organizations; is yours one of them? If so, find out whether or not your workplace would consider making a grant or donation to At The Crossroads. Ask your CEO, manager or supervisor whether or not your company does any corporate giving. If the answer is yes, find out what the first step would be for ATC to be considered.
See if your workplace does matching gifts. Many workplaces will match their employees’ donations up to a certain amount. One of our donor’s works for a company that matches every dollar he donates with 3 dollars from the company! If you plan to make a donation, find out whether your company provides matching donations.
Join our email and mailing list to learn more about ATC! Another way you can get involved without having to do much of anything is by just learning more about our work at ATC! Join our mailing list and our e-mail list to receive newsletters and updates. If you’d like to join the email list, send an email to email@example.com saying “add me to your email list.” If you’re interested in joining out mailing list, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying “add me to your mailing list,” and include your mailing address information.
Arrange in-kind donations. Help us get donations for our events, thank you bags, or silent auction. There are many ways to get involved here; including making phone calls, visiting local stores, sending letters and e-mails, picking up donations, or putting together community outreach materials. Your level of involvement is completely up to you!
See if your company will donate in-kind products or services to ATC. ATC depends on a wide variety of in-kind donations to keep our organization running and our clients happy. We receive more than half a million dollars a year of in-kind donations! We receive in-kind donations including messenger bags from Timbuk2 and clothing from Levi’s and Old Navy. Does your company have a product or service that could help ATC?
Do a sock drive for ATC. Recently, two of our volunteers went to their coworkers and asked them to bring in 2 pairs of clean socks or 2 dollars to purchase socks for ATC. They ended up donating more than 100 pairs of socks, and gathered some other items for our clients. Do you have a workspace, or another group that you are part of, where you can do something like this? It doesn’t have to be socks; deodorant, gloves, hats, or other items that we distribute work just as well.
Collect gift certificates for ATC. Everyone has a gift certificate (or 20) that has been sitting around their house, collecting dust. ATC can put them to good use, giving them to our clients, or buying items for our clients or for the organization. One of our volunteers has gathered thousands of dollars in gift certificates for ATC, and it hasn’t been hard for her to do it! Send out a quick email to people you know seeing if they have any gift certificates they’d like to donate. We have an email that you can use as a template.
Collect hygiene items from people who travel. We hand out hundreds of lotions, soaps and shampoos on outreach every week. Because we carry these items in backpacks, travel-sized toiletries work great (although we can put full-sized items to use too). If you are part of a community of people who travel, you can get them to bring back these items from hotels. You can set up a collection bin, and we will pick it up.
Do a holiday gift drive for our clients. During the past holiday season, ATC gave out personalized gifts to more than 200 of our clients. One of the ways that we were able to get all of these gifts was having workgroups that sponsored our holidays, with groups of 5 to 20 people who work together buying gifts for our clients. Each person in the group contributes $20 for a gift certificate, but together they are able to give us hundreds of dollars of gifts for our clients. If you think that either your workplace or another group that you belong to would be interested in sponsoring holiday gifts, let us know.Tweet