My class is going on a trip to Washington D.C.. What are some good ways for me to raise money if I'm under the age of 15?
Taylor from Fruita, CO
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The latest 'raffle' item here is for gas cards. I know of several organizations around town that have raffled off $50 and $100 gas cards and from what I hear they've more than reached their goals.
Our local school sent the entire 7th grade t Washington and they did it by collecting pop bottles and cans. They set up several drop boxes (wooden bins) where people could drop them off and some of the parents took them to the stores. They set the bins on property of parents and other reliable people down the main street so they wewre easy to reach and fairly secure.
Your group can go to World's Finest Chocolate online, and get supreme quality chocolate and things to sell. That's the old reliable way to do it: sell something for more than you paid, make it a small cheap item that is easy for people to say yes to, and something they don't get every day. Good luck, you're on your way already!
I think one of the best ways to earn money for a group is to have a large yardsale. You can have all the members family donate items, you will be surprised at how much people will give to just get rid of stuff. Volunteer to go get items for people. It is a lot of hard work but it pays off. Set up in a parking lot, alot of business owners will be willing if it's for a good cause. Price stuff to sale!! You can assign different members different tasks, tagging, sorting, taking money, putting up signs everywhere! And then others to take it down, but as it winds down go cheaper on the prices so you don't have to pack stuff up. I know of several groups that have done this and they all have done well. Good Luck!
Good luck on your money raising!! I have a neighborhood boy, who is 14, who cuts my lawn for me. I pay him $30.00 when he cuts the grass, once a week...you could try that!! Either print out, or hand write, a short note, saying what you are doing and what for, and stating that you will cut lawns for $???...put them in your neighborhood mailboxes...don't forget your name and phone number!! Let us know how your fund raising goes!!
I know how you feel. I have to raise money for me to be able to go on my field trip to new york with my school group. I have been looking for good ideas but cant find any.
same im trying to get money to go to London with my school and we live in wv. i cant find crap to do.
I'm having a similar issue . But I have the opportunity to go on 2 band trips as a freshman next year, one to San Fransisco and the other to Washington DC. The thing is my older sister is going to Spain for a Spanish trip that same year. So if I want to go on both I need to do some serious fundraising and parent persuasion.
I have a personal business that you can do through me each candle that sell is 6$ profit for you. I know another candle business, but these candles are great. If you would like to take a look at www.jackieperkins.scent-team.com. there is a fund raising link that you can take a look at, and look at the funds that you would raise. Let me know what you think.
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What are some easy ways to raise money for a 15 yr. old for a school trip to Killington.
You can also make goodies like brownies. I made these and sold them to my little brother and sister for $2 and their friends.
I think you should have a bake sale or you could baby sit or wash cars.
Get a lot of recipes and make them, and sell the recipes, if the people like it. :)
Wow this is crazy my class is going to Washington DC. I need ways to raise money. You could try a bake sale and bake goodies or make your own little business if you have a special talent like singing etc. You can do that it's great way to get used to a crowd and raise money.
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How about a garage sale, bake sale, try some babysitting. Good Luck, You will do it. (09/12/2006)
Maybe someone in the family clean their house, wash their car, babysit. I'm 17 and that's what I do for my neighbors,family members when i need money! good luck (09/13/2006)
If you have enough free time, people are always interested in a product they can use. I have had great luck with selling pies. If you want my easy crust recipe, email me at jimnreenie AT safelink.net and I'll send it to you. I usually get $6 for a fruit pie and $7.50 for a pecan pie. If you have a fruit tree, use what you have. Otherwise, you can buy gallon cans of apple slices at Costco very cheaply, or ask your grocer to order them for you. I can make about 20 pies on a given day. Bet you could do at least that well! Good luck! (09/14/2006)
My 14 yr old granddaughter has to raise $700.00 by March for her half of the $1400.00 school trip to New York. She is half way there. She babysits, does special projects for family and friends (weeding, washing windows, etc), has sold old items on e-Bay, had one car wash last weekend at her house ($5.00 donation asked..many tipped also), another one planned for beginning of March (we are in Louisiana). She earned $100.00. She gave her helper friend $1.00/car, plus some of the tip money, leaving her $80.00. It adds up quicker than you might think. The one rule we have is that she can't just blow someone off if they offer something she could make money with, unless she already has firm plans that her Mom has OKed. Good luck. (09/14/2006)
A few years ago I had a foster child, a teen, when I decided to go to a family gathering in NY. We lived in CA. I told her she could come if she could earn the money for her air fare. We made flower pens with silk flowers on ballpoint pens and she sold them at medical buildings, banks, strip malls (in the stores and salons) and to her teachers and to some of my friends and her social workers. They cost less than 30 cents to make, she sold them for $1. She sold enough for air fare and spending money-about $400. (09/14/2006)
When I was a kid, we used to rake leaves and shovel driveways and in the last 10 years we have lived at our house --- a neighborhood full of kids your age --- only two people have ever come by and asked if they could do this.
Find out what the minimum wage is in your area and ask for that or a bit higher.
Get fliers made (half sheet) and go door to door and pass out your fliers NOW. You will get a few jobs for the upcoming months.
The KEY and this is how we got our jobs is TO GO BACK say end of Oct with the leaves are down and people are already tired of this. they will want someone to do this.
Better off going to the nicer neighborhoods... they have the money but no time to do this.
McDonalds, Taco Bell etc hire under 16 age kids so do grocery stores for bagging. (09/14/2006)
Try putting an ad in your local newspaper, stating that you are a student trying to raise money for a school trip and would be willing to do odd jobs. A lot of businesses really appreciate a student willing to go out and work for something. We are small business owners and if I saw an ad in the paper I would find something for the student to do to help them out. There is always odd jobs that business don't like to do, maybe filing or stocking shelves.
Good Luck, I hope you raise the money you need. (09/14/2006)
I would suggest yard work, babysitting, washing cars, cleaning, running errands, shopping and everything else legal that you can do. Decide on a fixed fee per job and advertise at the library, church, local newspaper and by fliers. Target the elderly, infirm and single parents who may need these services but not be able to pay much. Make sure you render a high standard of services, so that your customers will tell others and also come back to you. Good luck! (09/17/2006)
I like the ebay idea. Also, for advertising, if you're in a major city, you can advertise for free on craigslist.com. You can also sell items locally that way, advertise a car wash or garage sale, etc.
As a mom, though, I'd hope you work closely with your parents so you stay safe if someone hires you for babysitting, yard work, cleaning, etc. Just use your brain!
Good luck, and have a great time on your trip! (09/19/2006)