Giving Without Receiving: Why Shelters Need Your Donations this Season

Stephen Geri Donations and Charities

 

When cooler temperatures roll around for the winter, we all know that the holidays are coming soon after. Although San Antonio and the general state of Texas have an average of about 220 sunny days per year, the weather can still bring temperatures in the low 30s and 40s during the winter months. Winter is known as the “giving season” where charitable and philanthropic efforts increase and shelters are able to provide for those in need. Whether you donate food, money, or clothing, shelters need your help.

 

Providing a Warm Meal

Food banks, pantries, and kitchens are local organizations that provide warm meals to people within the community. At a place like the San Antonio Food Bank, or any other food bank for that matter, you can contribute in a few ways:

 

  • Volunteer
  • Give a Monetary Donation
  • Donate food

 

Fighting hunger is what food banks do on a daily basis. Giving a warm meal to an individual or family in need requires volunteers and donations to remain open. No matter what way you give to a food bank, whether that be your time, your money, or your donations of food, you’re giving someone a basic necessity of life.

 

Handing Out Winter Clothing

Clothing collections are another way shelters are able to provide for those in need. Although clothing is collected on a year round basis, it’s even more critical in the winter as a means to staying warm. Shelters collect clothing items such as:

 

  • Winter coats
  • Socks
  • Pants
  • Sweaters
  • Shoes

 

The great thing about donating clothing is that not only do you get to declutter your closet, but you get a chance to give something you no longer need to someone who can truly use it as a gift. There are plenty of places that collect clothing and other items to give to those in need.

 

Keeping Animals Healthy

Not all shelters are human focused, rather some shelters are open to help pets. Animal shelters such as the San Antonio Humane Society collect donations in order to provide a place for homeless animals and promote adoption, giving animals a second chance to a good home. Most shelters need monetary donations and volunteers the most. You can simply volunteer an hour of your time to walk a dog or play with a kitten and make a big impact on the welfare of animals.

No matter how you choose to give back this season, the truth is that you are providing a need in someone else’s life. Even small gestures can have lasting impacts on the lives of those in need.

Find Out How These Charities are Helping Houston

Stephen Geri Helping Houston Charities

In the aftermath of disaster, it’s natural for those unaffected to want to donate money or other necessary items however – many fear that their donations will go toward fake charities. To avoid fake charities, make sure you are donating to a known and reputable source. Below is a list of charities around the nation that have come together to help Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey, with true and trustworthy motives.

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

 

The mayor of Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner, received an overwhelming number of responses with people wanting to help those who faced devastation after Hurricane Harvey. This relief fund accepts tax-deductible donations for victims of flooding. In philanthropic efforts, donors can provide funding that will help a multitude of families and businesses recovering from record flooding in the greater Houston area.

 

Convoy of Hope

 

Taking teams of volunteers to help with the relief of Hurricane Harvey, Convoy of Hope is humanitarian organization. Organizing groups of thousands of volunteers, collecting donations of money, food, and items of necessity, Convoy of Hope is a great charity to donate to. You can follow along with the Convoy of Hope hurricane relief data, seeing how many volunteers, how many hours, how many deliveries Convoy has sent to Texas. Additionally, in the wake of Irma, Convoy is rounding volunteers to send for relief to victims suffering Irma’s damage.

 

Save the Children

 

This organization, Save the Children, is fundraising to help provide relief to children and families suffering from the massive flooding and displacement after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and other locations in Texas and Louisiana. Save the Children sends responders to provide shelters and supplies to victims of the storm. Save the Children also provides the opportunity for businesses, organizations, or even public schools to hold fundraisers, donating the proceeds to STC.

 

Houston Food Bank

 

The Houston Food Bank is a secure organization that collects donations in order to provide meals for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. As thousands are still without homes and staying in shelters, Houston is in desperate need for food and water. Through the Houston Food Bank, donors can donate just $1 to provide 3 meals. There are other options to donate higher percentages such as $75 providing 225, $100 providing 300 and even $500 providing 1,500 meals. Food is a necessity for every human, and during the disaster relief, it’s in highest need for those without homes right now.

 

Wildlife Center of Texas

In addition to human beings suffering from the damage and displacement of Hurricane Harvey, animals suffer too. The Wildlife Center of Texas doesn’t receive any governmental support whatsoever, and 100% of their funding comes from donors such as individuals and corporations. This organization helps the wildlife of Texas such as raptors, birds, reptiles, and other orphaned mammals.

 

6 Key Components to Fundraising for Charity

Stephen Geri Fundraising

Fundraising for charity is a wonderful thing; there is no doubt about that. However, the fundraising process can be a bit of a logistics nightmare if it isn’t thoroughly planned out. Since you want to make the most out of your charity drive, you will want to consider a few key components for developing and executing a successful fundraising event for the charity of your choice. As you start to formulate your plans, keep these following six key components in mind.

 

1. Establish Your Intent and Goals

Start off by establishing your intent. What is it you hope to accomplish? What are your goals for the fundraiser? You will likely have more than one goal, which is typical for fundraising events. Select a reasonable amount of money that you want to get from your efforts. This amount might depend on how long you intend to run your fundraiser and what kind of turnout you expect.

 

2. Budget and Pool Your Resources

What types of resources are already at your disposal? Pool them together and assess what you already have versus what you will need to invest in. You will also need to draft an inventory of expenses. How much will you be paying for a booth rental at an event? How much will it cost to get printed materials? Remember, your budget must include your fundraising goals, and be sure to leave room in your budget for any unforeseen additional expenses.

 

3. Market Toward Your Target Audience

Who is most likely to donate to your charity? Why should they donate? Knowing your target audience and what motivates them to support your selected cause is crucial. Your marketing procedures should be present in your social media accounts since the Internet is now the fastest way to spread the word about a fundraiser. Make sure your pitch to your target audience is concise, free of flowery words, and doesn’t read like a guilt-trip into donating.

 

4. Settle On a Sales/Donations Plan

How are people going to donate? Do you want to have different donation levels in place at your event? Settle on a cohesive sales/donation plan that will attract the most attention from your target audience.

 

5. Enlist Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of fundraising! Enlist a few volunteers to assist in your fundraiser. This helps you reduce costs of paying employees to attend an event and encourages giving behaviors.

 

6. Show Your Gratitude

This seems like a no-brainer, but show your gratitude to donors and volunteers. Incentivize donations with small but, desirable rewards, such as a raffle for a gift card or gift basket.

Your next fundraiser doesn’t have to be a headache. Taking these key components into consideration can help you better plan a fundraiser. The better you plan it, the better chance you have at meeting and possibly exceeding your goals.

 

Family First

It’s no question that Stephen Geri puts his family first. At the heart of his passion lies his love for his grandchildren. Here are a few precious moments captured by the camera of Stephen and his family.

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Stephen Geri Granddaughter

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 Stephen Geri and Happy Wife

Stephen Geri and His Family