There’s an old saying that the fastest way to a man’s heart is through is stomach. However, we think this speaks for everyone! Who doesn’t love fresh baked goods or their favorite family recipe. If you have a large group that loves to cook and wants to fundraise through the Catie Cares program, then we have two fun ideas for you. Offer Christmas cookie baking services or write a cookbook. Both are great for every level of chef.
Since Christmas can be a hectic time of the year with rushing around to events, decorating, shopping, and traveling many people simply don’t have time to bake their favorite Christmas treats. This is where your group comes in! Offer your baking services so members of the community can buy cookies by the dozen. You can keep it simple with traditional sugar cookies, or get fancier with fun decorated ones. If your volunteers have the time, see if they’d be willing to sell baked goods like cakes and pies … for a premium price of course. To ensure your group has enough time, ask people to place their orders a week or two in advance. This way, families get their favorite homemade treats rather than store-bought. Plus, it raises money for Variety!
If members of your group are also hectic around the holidays, create a cookbook instead to sell to your friends, family and community members. Have members of your group e-mail you their favorite recipes, so you can simply enter all of them into a word processing program for uniformity. Once you get all the recipes, group them into categories like appetizers, main courses, salads, and desserts. Add a few illustrations or recipe photos, a table of contents and a neat cover to give it a real cookbook look and feel. Then, send it to a printer. Once you have the finished product, you can start fundraising!
Since the Catie Cares program is all about building awareness, we want to share with others how great our ambassadors are! Make sure to send your photos or give a gift story to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.