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Fundraising Ideas

Send out a press release to local papers to get the word out to ask the community to help.
Open house contributions, pancake breakfast, chili cook-off, barbecue.
Free blood pressure screening at local mall or supermarket (ask for donations).
Raffle - Ask for local business donations for items to raffle off.
Sell birthday parties at the fire station. Children can sit in apparatus, put on bunker gear and have picture taken etc.
Contact local Chamber of Commerce or business groups to help. Have the chief / asst. chief / training officer make presentation.
Set up a bank account and put out donation jar at local bank, convenience stores.
Recruit for volunteers at local fairs, show you are raising funds for training. Mention if you do not have any tax support.
Hold Walkathons, Bowlathons, or Hoopathons etc.
Community Carnival; include refreshments, performance by the school music group, face painting, bouncy house, etc
Coupon Booklet: Ask businesses to donate coupons and sell the booklets.
Huge garage sale. Ask everyone you know for unwanted belongings & hold a sale.
Auction of Services: Auction services of people and businesses - anything from handy-man work to dinner for two.
Calendars: Design & sell a pictorial calendar for your firestation. Departments/suppliers may sponsor pages.
Classic car show: Well-organized classic car and bike shows are great crowd pullers and fantastic fundraisers.
Sports tournaments: golf, basketball, volleyball, softball, etc.
Become restaurant wait staff for 2 hours and get a predetermined percentage of total sales during that time period is donated to your project

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