You are helping your co-workers participate in creating a stronger community.
Why it matters to Purdue:
Why it matters to you and your co-workers:
Why it matters to your community:
Here are some quick tips that make asking for a pledge easier:
Important to Know:
Some of the people you solicit will object to the idea, particularly when you ask them to increase their pledges this year. Rejections are a natural part of the campaign process, so regard them as welcome signals that you are doing your job the way it should be done. However, unless you really understand what objections are and how to handle them, they can present big problems. The following list gives some practical insight into the psychology of objections and how to handle them with confidence.
Keep these points in mind:
American Red Cross
Bauer Family Resource Center
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Boy Scouts Sagamore Council
Willowstone Family Services Inc.
Food Finders Food Bank
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Hanna Community Center
Lafayette Adult Resource Academy
Lafayette Family YMCA
Lafayette Transitional Housing Center
Legal Aid Corporation
Lyn Treece Boys & Girls Club
Meals on Wheels
Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County Inc.
The Salvation Army
The Center @ Jenks Rest
Riggs Community Health Center
Right Steps Child Development Centers
Design notes of thanks and congratulations for co-workers to buy and send to each other.
Sell balloons with notes of recognition inside and deliver to co-workers.
A co-worker dresses as a bandit. Have them visit employees to procure spare change.
Spare Change Jars
Place empty jars near vending machines or gathering places. Ask employees to deposit spare change throughout the year for United Way. This can be a competition between departments to see who collects the most change in a time frame.
White Elephant Sale
Employees donate odd items for sale. Co-workers should have the opportunity to buy items and stipulate in whose workplace these items should be displayed. Set a time frame for which objects must stay in that location.
Hold a spelling bee and charge an entry fee.
Employees donate new or slightly used books, videos, DVDs, board games, puzzles, etc., and hold a sale to benefit United Way.
Dress Down Day
Employees pay to not wear "normal" work attire. Get as casual as needed: jeans, tennis shoes, sports apparel, hats, slippers, etc.
Guess the Number
Fill a clear jar with candy and have employees pay for a chance to guess the number of pieces in the jar. The most accurate guess wins the candy or another prize.
Divide the office by department and have a money jar assigned to each. Members of each department deposit pennies, nickels and dimes into their own jar and place quarters or "green" into the jars of other departments. Pennies count as positive while quarters and "green" are negative. The department with the highest positive number (or as is often the case, the least negative number) wins a lunch provided by the area/college/unit.
FOOD AND FESTIVITIES
Employees buy employee-donated baked goods with donations benefiting the United Way.
Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes
Have a wide variety of sundae toppings (nuts, fruit, cookies, gummy bears, crushed candy bars, whipped cream, cherries, etc.) available for employees to build their own sundaes.
Ethnic Food Festival
Ask employees to bring dishes symbolic of their heritage or recipes "handed down" from family members along with interesting facts about their heritage. Another option is to have various departments sponsor a lunch representing a specific ethnicity.
Peanuts, Get Your Peanuts!
Decorate a pushcart with a sports theme (Purdue Boilermakers!). Stock the cart with individual bags of salted peanuts, chips, hot dogs, soda and all the necessary condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, onion). Visit cubicles and sell items. This is a great way to kick off any sports season!
Post a sign-up sheet for employees to bring entrees, salads and desserts to ensure a variety of food. Decorate the room with a theme (Purdue's campaign theme: Windows of Opportunity or another theme of your choice). Adjust entry fees for those who bring an item.
Participants pay to enter their chili into the contest. Choose judges and determine prizes for first, second and third place. After judging, employees can pay to sample each chili. Remember to supply cheese, sour cream, crackers, TUMS, etc.
Donut Eating Contest
Employees raise money for United Way by sponsoring contenders on a per-donut-eaten basis. The winner is determined by either eating the most donuts in a time frame or the first to finish a set number of donuts.
Informative Meeting Incentives
Hold a workplace meeting and have a United Way Advocate and/or an agency speaker give a presentation. Offer donuts, coffee or random prize drawings to attendees.
Employees donate in-kind auction items such as event tickets, sports memorabilia, apparel, etc. Employees can also donate services. All proceeds go to United Way.
Auction off dinner for two or more at the home of an executive (dean, associate dean, department head, etc.).
Front Row Parking
Arrange for front row parking spots for one year, or during winter months.
Lunch with Leadership
Auction off lunch with your area/college/unit's leadership — their treat!