“Our students became so very committed to helping us with our mission that they decided to continue to collect after turning in their Penny Harvest money. Our staff was so very impressed and awed by the power of the children and the power of the Penny Harvest organization to really make a difference for us.”
-Edie Agai, Community Outreach Coordinator, Sunrise Day Camp
Service opportunities allow students to learn by doing, better understand your work, and provide you with needed help! They offer a great way to preserve the relationship because a service project can occur anytime of the year.
Think about talents that are unique to students: They can do arts and crafts, put on plays, organize collection drives, plant flowers, clean up parks, create care packages, etc. For example:
Students can be great advocates for your organization: Have them write to donors, elected officials, board members, or simply, their peers, about why they’re passionate about your work. Check out this example from the Humane Society’s newsletter.
Connect with other departments: If it’s hard for you to engage students in service, someone may be able to think of a project that helps your mission and deepens student impact. For example:
Kathie Lombardi, Coordinator of External Events & National Partnerships, connected with her Communications Department to design a service project that would also give publicity to Make-A-Wish. For every wish that is granted in New York City, students plant a flower in a local park and mark it with a plaque explaining the wish. A win-win project for Make-A-Wish and students.
Donating pennies to support a past grantor’s Harvest is a great way to show your support and remind students that your organization still needs help! They will be touched with even a jar or a bag. Suggest to the coach that you can bring pennies to a Kick-Off Assembly (usually in late October/early November) and present your organization to the entire school.