There is no better way to help those in need than to donate. You can donate your time and efforts in addition to useful items to really impact those who are less fortunate. How can you make the biggest impact possible? Get the entire community involved and host a charity donation drive! Not sure how to get started? Use this guide to set up your own charity drive in your neighborhood.
- Set a time and date.
The most important thing to do when setting up a charity drive is to choose a date and time. There are a variety of factors to consider, and you?ll want to organize it in a way that?s most convenient for your participants. It may not be a good idea to host a drive in the dead of winter; people will more likely come out to help when the weather is nice and the hassle is minimal. Consider holding the drive over several days to accommodate for people?s busy schedules. Participants will be more likely to stop by after work/outside of regular business day hours.
- Decide which items you?ll be collecting.
Many charity organizations collect both donations of clothing and household items. Before you start advertising your donation drive, choose which items you wish to collect so people know what to bring. You may want to limit the drive to donations of clothing only or say that you?ll accept a charitable donation in any form! Just make sure to stay organized; it?s a good idea to keep the clothing donations separate from the kitchen appliances to distribute certain items to each necessary charity.
- Utilize social media to promote your event.
Get people excited about donating and giving back! Social media is a great way to promote your event. It?s easy and quick and can reach a large audience of people in the same community and network of friends. Start promoting your event two weeks in advance so people have time to gather their donations of clothing or household items and can make plans to attend.
- Host a kickoff on the first day to drum up interest.
There?s no better way to bring people together than with a celebration! Your community is giving back and helping families in need: host a kickoff event with food and fun to celebrate and encourage participation. Another idea is to host a party or barbeque and use a charitable donation as a form of admission.
- Contact a donation pick up organization.
If you?ve gathered more items than you can handle yourself, you might want to contact an organization that will pick up your donation for you. They?ll bring in the necessary trucks and crewmen to do the heavy lifting and ensure your donation is given directly to those who need it. Different companies support different charities, so make sure you choose a charity that holds meaning to you or your community.
So what are you waiting for? Host a charity drive and see how your efforts can make a big impact.