Kids Helping Kids
Imagine never blowing out the candles on a birthday cake, seeing a real, live elephant at the zoo, or even counting on three square meals a day. Across the state, there are children who are without the protection of responsible, drug and violence-free parents and adults.
But you can help make a difference in their lives by participating in Kids Helping Kids.
Participating with Kids Helping Kids allows you to:
- Further develop your leadership and community organizing skills
- Customize and brand your own fundraising program for your school
- Foster teamwork among the student body for a unique cause
- Lead real change to impact the lives of abused children and teens
As a Kids Helping Kids school, you will receive the following support:
- A list of fundraising ideas and handout materials
- An opportunity to have a CBI representative speak at your school
- Recognition in CBI’s newsletter, annual report and social media platforms
Putting the "FUN" in Fundraisers...
The possibilities are endless...and that’s the best part! The Kids Helping Kids program challenges YOU to get creative in putting together the best fundraising strategy possible. We know the power of students who care; here’s an example:
In 2013, a local high school dedicated the month of December to hosting events and volunteering to collect donations on our behalf. Each year, they choose one charity and rally entire legions of students, teachers, business owners and community leaders to support their cause. And it works! They raised a record amount for their school, thousands of dollars to help children in their community who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
What we have learned is that there is no one way to help raise money for a worthwhile cause. Rather, there are many ways to do small acts that can add up quickly. Challenge your classmates, teachers and communties to get involved too. Here’s a short list of ideas to get you started:
This tried and true classic takes a small amount of
advertising and a sweet tooth. Students pay to send their messages to friends. Delivery times may vary.
Pay to Cosplay
Whether it’s a classic Star Wars Sith, some steampunk inventions or an obscure Doctor Who reference, students can buy a “get-out-of-normal-clothes” card with the added bonus of a mini-ComicCon in the halls.
We mean that in the best way possible. Did you know that in Seattle, thousands of people gathered to participate in the world’s largest snowball fight while raising tens of thousands of dollars for charity. They even broke a world record for the largest snowball fight.
Food for Thought
Partner with businesses in your community to host fun events off campus. Many restaurants will work with student groups to donate a portion of sales to your fundraiser. All that’s left to do is get the word out. All it takes is approaching the manager of a popular nearby spot and asking. And just to get you started, here are a couple of popular chains: California Pizza Kitchen, Texas Road House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-fil-A.
Battle of the Bands
Charge admission and sell refreshments for a concert or battle of the bands featuring your school’s students.
Donate Your Time
Consider volunteering. Get a group together and canvas neighborhoods offering to complete small odd jobs for donations.
Ask for support from the clubs and sports teams at your school to see if they would be willing to host an event alongside your efforts. This could be anything from a school assembly with performances, a special concert or even a lunchtime activity calling for small donations such as date auctions, a twist on powder puff or trivia.
Concerts and Shows
Events are a great way to give something back while still fundraising...and there are plenty of different ways to use your high school auditorium to do so. Book a local band or put on a movie screening where you can sell tickets.
Chuck Your Change
Hold a competition between grades and see who can collect the most change over the course of a week, a month or even a single assembly. A front and center display of how well each class is doing, can help spur on your classmates.
A Better Bake Sale
Who doesn't love some deliciously prepared baked goods? Frosting or sprinkles or both, there’s nothing like a bake sale to attract donations. To take it to the next level try different items for a week during lunch break, popular food stuffs such as hot chocolate, popcorn balls or churros.