We challenge each Steppin’ Out member to raise money for First Step this year. No worries. It doesn't have to be anything fancy.
Just invite family and friends together for a euchre party, snowman building contest, or book reading – any reason to share a couple of hours and good times. Tell those attending about First Step, then ask for donations. It’s that simple.
Keep in mind that attending and supporting other Steppin’ Out events throughout the year can also be counted towards this challenge. And hey, if you don’t feel like hosting or attending an event and just want to write a check on your own, that’s perfectly okay, too! But most of us prefer to keep the “fun” in fundraising.
In an effort to help reach our goals, we are encouraging all members to host (or attend) at least two events of their own with family, friends, co-workers, etc. in 2010.
Steppin' Out Ideas
It’s as easy as choosing to spend some time together and deciding to contribute a little bit of money to the cause in the process.
Steppin’ Out BBQ:
We’ve all been to a friend’s place to share some fun and a couple of burgers. Why not make it a Steppin’ Out event by asking your guests to contribute not only a dish to pass, but also a small donation to First Step as a part of the festivities?
Art Glass Jewelry Party:
Create an excuse to have some girl time, make some lovely jewelry and pitch in a couple of dollars per person to First Step.
Friday Night, Girls’ Night:
Seriously! We all know how hard it is to stay connected when managing such busy lives. Help yourself and First Step by scheduling a monthly Girls’ Night and, whether going out for drinks or staying in for gossip and pizza, request that everyone donates a little to the cause. (Who knows, maybe the guys can get together and play a little poker for the cause while you’re out!)
Suggest to your company a “Jeans Friday” where employees donate $2.00 on Fridays to wear jeans.
Simplifying with a Purpose:
We all have too much stuff! Why not clean out the closet and get rid of that extra baggage with a commitment to raise money for First Step. Host a garage sale or sell those old clothes to a resale shop with a percentage of the proceeds going to the organization.
Or you could try:
Your own cooking class, a contest to lose the most weight, a cookout...it can be anything you want it to be and we encourage the unusual!
The possibilities are endless. Simply take a look at your normal social schedule and find a way to make a little philanthropy a part of it. Interested in Steppin’ Out for First Step? Let us know by contacting us!
If you raise money at an event you have hosted, please mail your money/check (made out to First Step) to the following address:First Step
P.O Box 1103
Fostoria OH 44830
Please be sure to write "Steppin’ Out for First Step" in the memo line of the check.
Tell Us About Your Event
If you host an event or just have questions for us, please contact Steppin’ Out for First Step. We would like to hear about your event and money raised so we can recognize your accomplishment and record it towards our goal.
At the end of 2010, we'll total our accomplishments, pat ourselves on the back - and commit to having more fun in 2011.