Communities that give generously to activities such as sports, dance, theatre and other nonprofit organizations tend to also do well economically and socially. If you’ve had the opportunity to take part in any sort of local fundraising in your own community, think back on the feeling of “we’re in this together” you might have experienced.
And once people come together over little league sports, a dance program, or a local litter cleanup campaign, they tend to stay together and see each other in other activities.
When community comes together in these ways, they seem to be there for each other in other ways too. When someone gets sick, there’s already a network formed that is often used to solicit donations or other help from community members.
You can start to see where the term “tight knit community” originates.
It stands to reason that even a community with lots of diverse interests, as long as there is strong organization and passion for those interests, can become a weave of organized groups and teams that make for a higher quality of living on many fronts.
This is what makes what we do at SUDZ so rewarding. Helping with local fundraising not only in our own community, but communities like ours all across America, makes the reward even bigger. When a little league baseball team in Tucson, Arizona comes together to raise money for uniforms, equipment, and travel expenses, they are doing a lot more than just playing baseball.
A lot happens in communities that give:
- They are putting money into their local economy by purchasing what they require with the money they raise.
- They are coming together to work on something important to them, and getting support from the community.
- They are learning life skills.
- They learn about organization, responsibility, and the value of teamwork on and off the field.
- Community members get to participate in helping build a stronger community.
- Moms, dads, and extended family members pull together, building stronger families.
- Coaches and assistant coaches are supported in their volunteer efforts to help kids have fun and grow.
The benefits of a local fundraiser, no matter what the reason, are too numerous to list, really. What a fundraiser means to a community is not just a team or group getting what they need to support their passions. It means that all kinds of relationship and resources are pulled together in the fundraising effort, which builds a stronger community through giving.
During Local Fundraising Efforts, Community Members Give Their:
- Other resources
While a gymnastics team or theatre group gets the support they need to do what they love to do, the community-at-large gets to participate in local fundraising and grow tighter in the bargain.
So the next time a kid shows up at your front door with a bucket of laundry soap or a clipboard, raising money for something they love to do, make sure you see the whole picture.
Standing behind that kid are your neighbors, pulling together to make little miracles, and to strengthen the special bond that makes for an economically and socially healthy community.
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