Fundraising: Most nonprofits are short on cash, so organizing a yard sale, sponsored night at a local restaurant, or simple road race will be beneficial for their cash flow. A fundraising option can also happen in conjunction with a project for the nonprofit that requires materials to be purchased.
For example: a fall festival for families, drive for diapers/baby items or cleaning supplies/paper products, 5k road race, in-home parties selling fair-trade items
Awareness: Another issue that many nonprofits struggle with is letting the general public know what they do. Organizing an educational session that is free, fun, and open to anyone could be a big help for your nonprofit.
For example: holiday gala, talk to specific vendors to donate specific materials, community-wide campaign
Project-based: Of course, nonprofits always need volunteer labor to accomplish maintenance, renovations, and larger-scale community outreach! Ask your contact at the nonprofit what types of needs they might have and see if you can help them reach some of their strategic planning goals through your project.
For example: build a wheelchair ramp, paint a building, mulching/landscaping
Take pictures! Please take photos of your community group members, people you are helping, and the staff at your Community Partner staff – we will post those on our website and Facebook page!
Know your tasks: Fully understand your responsibilities for your project, including specific items/tools/equipment needed for the project.
Find out about funding: See what costs are involved in your project and who is expected to cover them - part of your project may be to also raise funds to complete the project!
Fill out the right paperwork: Each Community Partner will have different release form requirements, so make sure you provide them with the correct information. Some may also require up-to-date shots, a background check, or require each volunteer to be of a certain age.