Food for Auctions!

I come from a small church, and we maybe have 8-10 youth in our core youth group. This is a great fundraiser for smaller youth groups. It tends to work better with pre-teens and teenagers.

We have a gentleman in our church who is a local auctioneer. Each year, he allows our youth group to sell the concessions during some of the auctions. Ask around; chances are there are auctions locally that need your help selling concessions. A lot of the auctions we’ve done are all-day events beginning early in the morning and lasting into the evening. A couple hundred people usually attend each auction.

We are set up prior to the auction selling coffee and donuts. Shortly after, we begin selling hot dogs, chili dogs, chips, cookies, other baked goods, and drinks (water goes well, especially during hot days!) Some local businesses will even donate items if it’s for a good cause. We ask ladies of the church to donate donuts, baked goods, cookies, and chili sauce. We also hand out tracks and invitations to church with their purchase of food.

Each person is assigned tasks during the auction: one person mans the George Foreman grill and grills hot dogs, one person prepares the chili dogs, one person is the cashier and keeps track of the money, one person is in charge of drinks, and one person hands out tracks/invitations. It’s a great time to fellowship together and invite others to our church. We spend about $300 for supplies prior to the auction, but we make anywhere between $900-$1,600 selling concessions!

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Chili Cookoff

Get an appropriate number of volunteers to make appropriate size batches of chili. Number the pots of chili and serve \”samples\” (2oz. cups are great) with the corresponding chili pot number on the sample cup.

After the samples are eaten allow everyone to go through the line and get a bowl of the chili they liked best. Have a donation plate in front of each pot of chili and people vote with their donations – the chili whose plate has the most money in it is the winner. You hope for a couple of families to try and \”buy\” the chili champ title and watch the money roll in.

This is a lot of fun!

Caution: Please inform any serious / sensitive cooks that the best chili doesn\’t always win – it\’s a fundraiser!

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Kidnap The Preacher

During a church function, such as a dinner, kidnap the peacher (with prior consent) and hold him for ransom! You can also make a mock jail and have people pay to put people in “jail” and have others pay to get them out.

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Parents’ Night Out

My husband and I and another couple started this a Christmas time as a service to church members. One Friday night every other month we offer to keep all the children of the church at the church for approximately 3 hours while the parents go out on a date, movie or just enjoy the time alone. The first one we did was with a Snow party theme another Idea we have is Valentine’s Day and A Veggie Tales night. Are just a few of the ideas we have planned. The kids really enjoy it as well as the parents we usually have pizza, games and a craft. We do charge a small fee around $4.00 for each child to cover costs.

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Apple Pie Fundraiser

We recently had a giant fundraiser for our youth group called the Apple Pie Fundraiser. The fundraiser was to help send our teens to a youth conference. The results were amazing! We had the youth come in on a Saturday morning and make apple pies and apple crisps all morning, that alone was fun. We asked a local apple orchard if they would mind donating apples to a local church and they said yes. The grocery stores also gave us a discount on the other ingredients. Before we made the pies we advertised at church and told our relatives and friends about it. As a result of a few weeks of word to mouth advertising the youth group had already sold in total 1000 pies and crisps. We sold the pies and crisps for $5.00 each and delivered them two weeks later. The pies were uncooked so they could be frozen. In total we made $5000.00 in a day of pie making!

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Super Super Bowl Party

This has been a top fundraiser and it also is an outreach event because it provides a friendly environment for visitors and friends. Most of the supplies are donated and the funds come from a chili cookoff and a dessert auction.

Ahead of time you will need to publicize two weeks in advance in the community and make sure that the information is in your church newsletter, bulletin, and is announced two weeks in advance. You will also need to have people sign-up to bring pots of chili and have the youth sign-up to bring the desserts. You will need to get small styrofoam bowls or cups, spoons, grated cheddar cheese, hot dogs, buns, condiments, crackers, and drinks (tea, lemonade, coffee). As always, if someone offers to bring any of those items, let them!

The day of the event you will need to set-up an area for the chili to be placed and have a jar or can in front of each chili location for people to place their money in as they vote. Make sure that you have plenty of powerstrips available because many people will show up with crock pots, slow cookers, or hot plates. You will also need to set up a display for the desserts. You can do a silent auction until half-time and/or live auction at half-time.

You will also want to have a place to watch the game. If you have comfy furniture at the church, use it (make sure that your workers don’t take over the couches and chairs, though). You might want a separate T.V. near the eating area so that people can sit at a table and eat chili while cheering for their team.

We have done this with a medium size congregation and cleared at least $500 – not bad for a Sunday afternoon!

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Plant a Seed

Get a local plant store to either donate or sell some plants to your youth group at a cheap price Make a tag with each kid in your group and place it on the front of the plant and have people from the congregation adopt a plant with a youth member’s name on it. Explain that each day they water that plant they are to pray for the name that is on it. They can adopt it for a donation price or you can put a price on it,and you could even make up an adoption agreement to go along with it.

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Improv Coffeehouse

Get a group of youth together that don’t get easily embarressed and have the ability to think of something at the spur of the moment…Thus an improv team.
Choose some games and skits to do. Similar to that of TV’s, “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” This takes a lot of practice, but not to hard to do if you at least have a drama team. Pick a theme,(such as 1980’s characters, a Luau, comic heroes, etc.). Have everybody, including the ones serving coffee and dessert, dress up as the theme characters.
Charge a small price for tickets to the coffehouse, plus for whatever food and drink is served. The last one we did was a huge hit and our biggest fundraiser of the year! Real fun and good memories if you have the patience and creativity to pull it off.

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Bank Building

As a great craft idea and a fun and interesting fundraiser, building a bank with your youth is an awesome idea!! You always see those coin banks in stores that go in an interesting track, or the gumball machines were the gumball goes down a spiral, so why not make one? Take paper towel and toilet paper tubes (empty, of course), and cut them up to make a track that coins of all sizes will fit down. Attach it to a jar of some sorts and put it somewhere that gets a lot of traffic. This activity is a great group project, a great time-consumer and a fun way for all ages to donate their spare change!

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Fall Ball

We decided to host a Fall Ball as an alternative to Halloween. Each Sunday school class got involved by setting up a booth with some type of activity or game. Tickets were sold for a penny each. The younger children had great fun counting out their pennies for tickets! We sold refreshments for mere pennies as well. On the menu was popcorn, hot dogs, chips, beverages, bean soup and cornbread, etc., which was prepared by church members.

Candy and small gifts were collected two to three weeks prior to the carnival. The candy and gifts were awarded as prizes to those who participated in the games and activities. Many volunteered to work the snack bar and run the booths. We also had a “Mr and Ms THANG” pageant and awarded prizes to the winners. We used the “applause meter” to decided the winners. We also hosted a dessert auction which turned out to be the highlight of the evening.

The pennies collected were donated to the children’s penny march fund at our church which is used for a trip each year. The money collected from the dessert auction was donated to the youth group. This activity did not begin as a fundraising event, only to provide an alternative for our kids. However, we earned $100 and had a million dollars worth of fun! We plan on doing it again next year!

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