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How to Start Your Donation Drive

Friendship Place’s Program Donation Drive is live! And we need your help.

Creating your own canned food, toy, or meal drive can be a rewarding way to give back to your community. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

1. Define Your Purpose: Determine the specific purpose of your drive. Are you and your friends great at making sandwiches? Do you enjoy collecting toys for children in need during the holiday season? Having a clear purpose will guide your efforts and help you communicate your mission effectively.

2. Set Goals: Set clear and achievable goals for your drive. Determine how much food or how many toys you aim to collect, as well as any financial goals for covering related expenses.

3. Plan Logistics: Decide on the logistics of your drive:

  • Duration: Choose the start and end dates for your drive.
  • Collection Points: Select convenient locations where people can drop off donations, such as community centers, schools, churches, or businesses.
  • Promotion: Create a plan to promote your drive through flyers, social media, local news, and word-of-mouth.

4. Gather Supplies: Collect necessary supplies, such as collection boxes, gloves, sandwich containers, and donation bags.

5. Partner with Local Businesses: Consider partnering with local businesses, as they might be willing to provide collection space or even sponsor your drive! Many businesses are eager to support community initiatives.

6. Spread the Word: Promote your drive through various channels:

  • Social Media: Use platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share information about your drive and engage with potential donors.
  • Local Media: Reach out to local newspapers, radio stations, and TV channels for coverage.
  • Flyers and Posters: Create eye-catching materials to hang up in community centers, schools, and public places.

7. Engage Your Community: Encourage individuals, families, schools, and other groups to get involved. Consider organizing events or challenges to boost participation, such as an event where people can donate toys at a designated location.

8. Drop-Off: As donations come in, sort and store them appropriately. Let us know you’d like to donate and coordinate drop-off by emailing us at: volunteer@friendshipplace.org!

9. Express Gratitude: Show appreciation to everyone who supported your drive. Thank donors publicly on social media, through emails, or in local newspapers.

10. Feel Great! After the drive ends, take some time to enjoy its success. Feel great about giving back and helping people rebuild their lives!

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2023, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 4,993 people, including 1,507 children in families and 670 veterans. We empowered 167 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get jobs through innovative, state-of-the-art job placement services. Make a donation today in support of our work to end homelessness. Questions? Please feel free to call our fundraising office, 202.957.7834.

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