We believe that ALL of our members are talented in some way! Maybe you are an artist, maybe you are a baker, or maybe you are just willing to offer a strong back. Over the years, the fundraising committee of the Defenders has asked for donations for the Silent Auction held as part of the Annual Meeting on March 12, and you have come through with some awesome pieces of art, glassware, books, crocheted blankets, etc.
This year we’d like to try and focus at least half of our offerings on services to encourage more interaction between our members and to reduce the amount of “stuff” in our lives. We will still accept donations of plants, artwork, food items, etc. but we would like you to consider donating your time, experience, and/or knowledge as your donation.
Many of our members are not as strong as they used to be and would love to hire some “brawn” for an hour to complete a nagging project, or maybe they would bid on a couple of people to work together on one of those projects! Your donation of time can be limited by weight restraints, location, time of year, etc.
For example, if you are an artist, you could donate a piece of your artwork, you could pair it with 30 minutes of your time to help the buyer find the best lighting in their house to hang the piece, or you could offer your artistic approach to decorating/ rearranging a room in their house, or even offer a 1-hour consultation and let them come up with a way to use your different perspective to their advantage.
If you are one of the people who could use the brawn, maybe you could offer a donation of fresh baked bread or pies for a special occasion, calligraphy for wedding invitations, Sunday breakfast in your backyard, review of a will, or a shoreline fishing experience if you live along a river.
What about loaning out your guide services on the Nippersink since you have an extra kayak, driving to O’Hare or Midway for someone who has a small vehicle with no space for luggage, fixing one small electrical appliance to keep it out of the landfill, sewing on missing buttons or hemming a pair of pants, or knitting a pair of mittens to match their favorite coat?
The ideas are endless! It’s possible that your donation will not be bid upon at this event but are appreciated nonetheless and maybe we will be able to come up with another way your skills can benefit the Defenders.
We would like to have all items and/or descriptions of services (and if you can create a flyer about your service donation, that would be great!) at the office by Monday, February 27th so the committee has time to organize.