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Vol. fire dept. money raisers
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rhudson    Posted 02-08-2003 at 19:42:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
need your help again. local vol. fire dept. with a lot of heart, but little business skill. some of their fund raisers have not gone over too well. like the time they lost 5 grand booking a big name singer.

Do you fellows have any ideas that i might give my two brother in laws that are involved in this unit to help them raise needed money.

This department is made of a bunch of country boys that know the roads and people of the county. they often show up at fires and other emergencies before the local "city" dept. which is better funded (by a factor of 20). in two cases in the past three years, this dept showed up at fires in my neighborhood while the "city" dept. 5 miles away could not find the location.

i'm just relating this to you so that you might take the time to share with me your ideas. These guys deserve the equipment to help their county with.

We're located in Southern Virginia, Heavy with agriculture, some horses, some 4 wheelers. known to meet some of the redneck requirements.

Thanks for listening and thanks for any help.


LT    Posted 01-03-2004 at 17:13:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try setting up concession stand at your local fair we are a small fire dept in ohio and tried this for the first time we got most of the food and drinks donated by local businesses we were not out of a lot of money but you to make sure everyone is willing to put in the time to do it our number one was grilled sweet corn on the cob for more info e mail me


kraig WY Here's a couple    Posted 02-09-2003 at 07:35:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In Fallon NV, the local FFA, got the oldest, rankes goat they could find, and took it around to the local businesses. They took the goat into the business, telling them they had to donate to get the FFA to take the goat away, Good natured and got a lot of response. Most business would donate extra if they would take the goat to their competitors.

One our 4H uses is "greased pig contest". Someone (me normally) donates the pig. Each kid donates $1 and the kid who catches the pig keeps it. Normally us three pigs for differant age groups.

Another is chicken bingo, Have a square sheet of plywood with squares marked out and numbered. You buy the number and who ever has the square where the chicken poops first wins.

There are a lot of fun games that raise money and pulls the cummunity together.


Stretch    Posted 02-09-2003 at 07:10:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Done a lot of 'em over the years. Some successful, some not so.

Chicken barbecues 4 times a year. Been doing them forever, do real good. But everybody here is waiting for it. Sell 1200 dinners on a Sunday in a town of 300.

We raffle off a 4-wheeler every fall. Big investment, but we sell a lot of tickets.

Gun raffles go well, but check the laws.

We are currently doing a Cat's Meow Village collectible of our old station, but we've lost our butt on that.

Neighboring department did a riding lawn mower and did real good.

Raffled off a storage shed a couple of times. Did OK when we built it ourselves, not good when we had to buy it.

Hope this helps. If you come up with a real good one, send it back. We got a new tanker to pay for.


russell sanford    Posted 06-17-2004 at 11:43:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i need rules or any thing you can give meon how to runa greased pig contest. Thanksin advance. Russell


Redneck    Posted 02-09-2003 at 01:31:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank god for "Redneck Requirements".

You might try a womanless beauty pagent.People will pay to see local toughguys and bussinessmen dress up as women and parade down a strip.Also an arm wrestling tournament does good.Add some good BBQ,a little bluegrass,horseshoe tournament,volleyball and you have a regular event that does good.Stay away from hired fund raises.They get most of the profit.


radioguy    Posted 02-08-2003 at 22:09:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since the tax base in a rural area is small compared to a city, a lot of vol. fire depts. and small police depts. around here - mid missouri - have been applying for state, federal and foresty grants.
They seem to have pretty good luck getting them. They were able to update some of their radios and equipment.
It was initally hard for them to get the grants at first because they are not paper pushers just a dam good bunch of rural firefighters. But after awhile they learned.

Hats off to all vol. fire depts.



Maggie/TX    Posted 02-08-2003 at 21:39:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
RHudson: Putting on fundraisers is a lot of work. Do these country boys have the back-up of a ladies auxiliary and female members of the fire department? Ours has both. We've also got a crack bar-b-q team on the membership, in fact our fire chief is head of the bbq team. I've been a member of the ladies auxiliary since 1998 and have helped put on quite a few fundraisers at which we've raised from $1,500 to $7,000 for an all day event.

Our annual biggie, the Kenefick Kaper starts serving bar-b-q at 11 am and so does the children's beauty pageant. We have craft booths (each of which pay a small fee for the space) and the ladies auxiliary has a bake sale going on all day over in one corner. All the while, we've got silent and Chinese auction going on over on one side. Somebody is selling raffel tickets, for which the winner is picked that night at the dance. If you can get enough people to help, put up some carnival games because the more you have going on the more people will stop when they see the action, and spend money. At the dance (get a band for $500 and sell set-ups and nachos, BYOB)you have a live auction with the good stuff at around 10 or 10:30 (after they've had time to get a real buzz and they'll bid on anything) and you also have a half & half drawing.

When you figure out how much help you have and what all you want to do, the key is ADVERTISE. Not just in the papers and the radio, but also with flyers. If you make sure that you advertise adequately, you'll have a good turnout (weather permitting and if you schedule when there's nothing else better going on right then.)

We've also had some luck with catalog sales, cookbook sales, and calendar sales. You can email me if you like for more details. :)


Sid    Posted 02-08-2003 at 20:16:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Some of the things done around here are Pig roast and carnival type affairs Picnic and such. Last year someone donated a beef and a raffle was held during the local fall festival. We are a rural fire association with dues paying members not a lot of money but it is a start. We also recieve some grant money and the MO Conservation Department has a good program that helps with a lot of equipment. Some of the bigger city departments can be a big help also. Many of them sell off good used equipment on a bid system based on need and ability to pay[or lack of] for example used pumper that would sell for at least ten thousand or so was sold to small city [700 pop] 1,500 dollars is an example of what has been done around here. I do not know much about where to go to get these grants but many are available. The local associations supported by dues paying members are allowed by state law to charge none members for their services. While I have not benn a volunteer for long our local volunteer group has saved a couple of trailerhouse located five miles or so from the fire house, in the last few years. A house was lost a few days ago the fellows got there were able to save the garage shop that was located a few feet away, even thouh the house was "gone" when a neighbor called it in. Sorry I do mean to brag we have a lot of good people to make this work. If you want to E-mail me I will try to find some info from our local chief he will know where to get in contact for federal grant monies .


Cindi    Posted 02-08-2003 at 21:32:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Something that always goes over well is a 'roast'. Choose a prominent city/county official and get volunteers up to put him through the ringer. Get donations for dinner menu and charge by the head. Folks will pay well if they think they're going to get entertained. They can get all the jokes off the internet, just look up jokes for a roast and insert the appropriate name.
Good luck!


LL    Posted 02-09-2003 at 04:11:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As the commissioner of a Rual Fire Prevention District I am proud to say that Maggie aint just a woofing when she says she has done so real good fund raisers. Her and the fine men and women in our local volunteer group have done a wonderful job of helping our community a nicer, friendlier and safer palce.
Our funds, for the district, come from the tax base and we are fortunate enough to have enough money that is managed properly can supply good new and used equiptment. We also try and look out for and help other VFD's around the state.
Right now we have a 1985 Tanker truck that is low mileage but is a standard shift that we are going to sell I think the asking price is $2000. It also needs new tires I also think it will carry 3000 gallons and works well. We ran into a deal from LaPorte Fire Dept, they were getting new trucks and we were able to purchase a 1987 tanker that is automatic shift so the girls can drive it too. The new truck has a top speed of 89 MPH and is also low mileage and has only been driven by professional fire fighters, they tend to take better care and not to hot rod the trucks.
I have a copy of "THE GREEN BOOK" Texas Rual Fire Prevention Districts Rules and Guide Lines. If any of you are interested email me.
I also think you need to talk to other fire departments about their equiptment and what they plan to do with it.


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