WestBridge Friends


Success Stories and Helpful Tips

A Yard Sale Testimonial: Make Room for Fundraising

From a WestBridge Family:

We had just moved. What came to my mind as a good idea for a fundraiser was a Yard Sale.  It was timely and quite frankly, we really needed to get rid of some things!  It took a bit to plan it, decide when, how many days and for how many hours.  Once that was decided, getting the info into the local newspapers was a breeze.

We decided to run the sale on a Saturday and Sunday when folks were usually free and available.  Also, we chose reasonable hours for us, mainly 9-1.  It is essential that you succinctly list the main variety of articles that you have for sale… that is what draws people in.  To save yourself some stress, do try to price everything beforehand.  And, do take pictures!!

As a note, if I ever do it again I will make the start time later…there are always folks that show up early…the bargain hunters.

The main plus of it all was that it was a successful Fundraiser for the Recovery Fund.  Thanks to WestBridge, I had posters, cards, information and lots of great information to share. I was able talk to people about WestBridge success stories, mental illness in general and hear the local stories.  I used the WestBridge slogan, Give a Little, Change a Lot!, as the theme. Many were more generous when they knew the reason.

The Yard Sale was a great success and a lot of fun. We got to meet neighbors and visitors. 28 folks contributed, mostly on the first day.  We were able to lighten up on items we no longer needed, which was great!  Best of all, the WestBridge information was well received!

How do you raise $1,000 in 2 weeks?

If you ask the majority of people to raise money for a cause they believe in, they often look like a "deer in headlights", not knowing wear to start.   The chart below is designed to use math in our favor, and make raising money an easy day-to-day activity over a two week period.

With the To Do List below you never have to ask any for more than $50, and the average ask is $20.   Many people will reach into their wallets and hand you $20 from their last run to the ATM for a cause you believe in.   If you ask them via email or online via WestBridge Friends & Family that $20 request tends to be higher since they are putting it on their credit card.

Use the To Do List below, follow it one day at a time, and in two week you will be a "fundraising expert" and will have raised $1,000.  It only takes 10 families to raise $1,000 each to raise $10,000. Everyone can give a little and together we can change alot!