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Conduct A Fundraiser

Many of our supporters have used their creativity and passion for the poor to help raise money for Hope Village.  Here are a some ideas based on of the kinds of fundraisers initiated by our friends:

  1. Host a fundraising event with your church or organization. Successful church fundraisers have included spaghetti dinners, auctions and raffles.
  2. Have a garage sale. Get rid of your unwanted stuff and help the poor in the process.
  3. For birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations, ask your guests to donate to Free the Kids in lieu of a gift.
  4. Recycling – Turn your trash into treasure for the  poor in Haiti. Paper, glass are worth money.  Get a group to commit to help with their recycling too. There’s power in numbers!
  5. Electronic Waste Recycling – Google “Electronic Waste Recycling Fundraiser +your city” There are recycling firms that will help you coordinate a fundraising event. Invite y our community to dispose of their electronics (cell phones, TVs, VCRs, computers, monitors, power supplies, etc.) This is another great purging opportunity which can support our friends at Hope Village.
  6. Restaurant Fundraiser – Ask a local restaurant to commit a day to “Free the Kids!” It’s a win-win when you pack the house at a local bistro! The restaurant packs the house and is more than happy to share a % of sales with your non-profit organization.
  7. Car Wash – This makes a great summer fundraiser and you can put your teenagers to work too!  Contact a local car wash and see if they’re interested in putting on a fundraiser for the kids in Haiti.

There are so many wonderful ways that you can gather your community to help raise funds for the children at Hope Village. Our generous friends have done everything from bake sales, to $1 for free dress days at private schools. For more ideas, information and materials to support your fundraiser, please contact inquiries@freethekids.org.

I fell in love with Espwa during my first visit last year. Hard to put into words, but there was a real "heart" connection with the kids and staff. It is a special place. My visit was focused primarily on the girls and the teachers. Relationships were initiated during that first visit that I treasure very much!

- Maria Simeone

There is hardly a more heartbreaking sight than seeing an orphan in Haiti--many of them who have families who simply cannot feed and clothe them. Of course there is the emotional response to their plight, but there is a more pragmatic hope--that given a chance in a loving, caring environment, these children can grow up to be leaders, people who can move their communities and the country itself in a positive, healthy direction.

- Jackie Wilson

This place is amazing! The kids and their caregivers will restore your faith in the human spirit. The magic of Espwa is that there is a childhood provided for the kids there that would not exist otherwise.Haiti has a very very long way to go, but this is a hopeful place with clean, well fed, happy children, teachers, house moms, and support staff. Fr Marc and all of the others should be very proud of their accomplishments. Help them in any way that you can!

- Kerri McDonough Croland
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