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    Raising Money for Explorers

    Our Explorer funds are nearly depleted. However I'm trying to raise enough money to get our Explorers new uniforms (our current ones are old and worn) as well as a duty belts.

    Our Department doesn't give any money to the Post. It's hard to get our kids out there and motivated to sell stuff. They want to be police, not salesman (I try explaining that being police sometimes means being a salesman- but they don't want to hear it).

    So if you're in a Post or have a good head for money, what are some ideas we can do to make money?

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    Free car wash. Get a local business to set you up with a location for the wash. Get the kids to get friends/family/neighbors to pledge a dollar or so for each car washed. If 10 kids get one person each to pledge one dollar per car, you get ten dollars per car washed. It's fairly easy and we had success with it years ago when I was an adviser.
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    Donation car wash works too, allow people to pay what they think its worth. You would be surprised what people will give when its not a set price.
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    Rhino, have you tried soliciting donations from local businesses?

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    The car wash is a good idea. How about hooking up with a local Y or gym and do charity basketball games. Another idea is run a crime prevention day, offer free V.I.N etching and have the explorers set up a table for donations. If you get a local politician involved he/she can help out with advertising and possibly point to more funding.

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    Our Citizen Police Academy raises several thousand dollars every year for itself by sponsoring a PD vs FD baseball game, where actual police officers and fire people play against each other.

    If the PD & FD are willing to go along with it, you could split the funds and use part of it for Police & Fire Explorers maybe. We made it more competitive by buying a big-ass trophy, which gets engraved ever year with the winner's list, and sits in the lobby of whichever side wins that year.

    You're not going to avoid having the kids to do ticket sales, but the beauty of it is that you can set up tables at local store entrances to sell lots of $3 or $5 tickets to people who in all honesty will never come to the game, so don't be frightened if you sell a thousand tickets and only have a couple of hundred seats at the baseball game. generally our sales go for about 3 weekends in a row, which isn't too much to ask of the members.

    We also put a fireman's boot on the table marked "Donations" and said what it's for so they won't think it's for MDA. Sometimes we got more money in the boot than we sold in tickets.

    Here's some photos that I put together from the 2005 game:

    We held it in a football stadium because we thought there'd be more people show up, but we still made like $3,000. Now they play at our city-owned baseball field, which has agreements with concession vendors to sell drinks and snacks at the game, and we get a percentage of that too. We've found by experience that managing concessions directly is too much trouble (health permits and all that), plus getting food lined up without over-buying - At the first game, we over-bought and lost money on concessions, plus it was a lot of trouble. But the firemen & police were happy to have their break rooms stocked with the leftovers.

    Here, some stores like Target are rather hostile toward having tables in front of their stores, and other stores want a percentage - But we've found that Kroger and Albertson's grocery stores here are very eager to help out and don't charge a penny. I think Wal-Marts are also charity-friendly, although there's no Wal-Mart in our town.

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