Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bonjour mes amis!

Hope all of you are hangin' in there (less than 2 weeks left and then finals!)

I wanted to give a big shout out to the fellow brigaders that were able to come out and help with the Escape Fire movie screening last Friday. Thank you all for reaching out to your friends and family. We raked in $240 from this event. Congrats, guys!

The next fundraiser that we all should be gearing up for is the Dana Street Roasing Co. Benefit Concert. The specifics of time and place are under EVENTS to the right. Some of our members have done a great job by passing out and posting printed flyers for the event, but I ask that all of you continue to spread the word! Tell your family and close friends. Here are some videos of the two artists that will be performing.

 Bobby Chiorean

Bring your friends. Bring a date. Who wouldn't want to sit back and listen to some easy tunes with some friends as well as support a great cause the weekend before finals? Brigades also plans to set up a donations table. So, we will need some members to man the table and bring laptops so donations may be made online.

Medical Brigades is going to squeeze in one last fundraiser before the quarter ends. We will be holding a coffee and doughnut stand on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 from 9:45AM-10:45AM. We will need people to help man the booth for sales and for answering any questions about the club that students or faculty may ask. This Wednesday is during finals week. So, please check the syllabi for your classes to check what day and time your finals are.

If the date and time for this event does not conflict with your schedule, then Medical Brigades is asking for your help! (Brigaders in BIO1B: our final isn't until 2:00PM on this day! So, we would definitely be able to help for the beginning portion!) Below I have provided you with the sign up sheet for this event. Please provide your name and the times you may be able to help.

Coffee and Doughnut Fundraiser Sign Up Sheet

Also, if anyone has any connections with beverages, such as coffee, that could be donated for this event, please let us know! Feel free to reach our to your local Peet's or Starbucks. Apparently they donate their products to causes like this often.

I wanted to close this entry by posting a video I found while browsing Global Brigades videos. This is an introductory video for a Medical Brigade. I feel like this video would be great for new members so you guys can get a better idea for what is to come this August! Feel free to watch this at your leisure and bring any questions you may have to the next meeting.

See you Friday!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hello Brigaders!

I hope all is well with you and you're all enjoying this beautiful weather.

First off, the De Anza Flea Market was a great success! Thanks to all of your guys' help and your donations, we were able to make $724.40! We are definitely planning on having a booth at the flea market again in the near future. So, that's yet another fundraiser to look forward to!

Speaking of upcoming fundraisers, our Escape Fire movie screening event is this Friday March 8th, 2013 from 6:00PM- 8:00PM. Gabe is asking for volunteers to help set up, man a donation/information table, help with lights and ushering inside the theater and for a few members to bring a laptop so people may make  donations online. Below I have provided the google doc sign up sheet. Please enter your name and answer the questions provided letting us know how and when you will be able to help with this event.

Update: Sorry I forgot to allow editing on the sign up sheet linked below. It's all fixed now. - Gabe

Escape Fire Movie Screening Sign Up Sheet

Although our fundraisers so far have proven to be pretty successful, don't forget to keep up that personal fundraising! Remember, the deadline for the $250 deposit on empowered is due on April 30th, 2013. Now, I've had a few members come up to me asking about ways to go about personal fundraising. The most straight forward way is to reach out to your friends, family, and anyone you may know who would be interested in supporting our cause. A template letter is provided on the wikidot page. You may use this to send out to people you know interested in donating to you. This letter is great for informational purposes and feel free to edit it however you like to make it sound a bit more personal.

To access this donation letter template
  • visit the wikidot site which is provided for you at the right hand side of the blog under LINKS 
  • go to the Fundraise tab and in the drop down box, click on Strategies and Tools 
  • Under 1. Online Email Campaign to Family & Friends, you should find the link to the donation letter template. 
Another strategy all of you should utilize for personal fundraising is trying to find a sponsor. Below I have provided you with a flyer that Gabe was kind enough to put together. Print out a few of these and go around to your local businesses and tell them a bit about brigades, why you're interested in the program, what you hope to get out of it, and if they would be interested in sponsoring you. Remember guys, if you do this you will be representing both Foothill College and Global Brigades, so act professional, please!

Foothill College Medical/Dental Brigades Sponsorship Flyer

As your Co-President, I really have been enjoying working towards our brigade with all of you. It's very exciting for me to see so many people possess such a drive to help others and strive to make a difference.

See you all next Friday.