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Ten Alternatives to a Bake Sale Ten Alternatives to a Bake Sale

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Today’s emphasis on healthy living can extend to our standard fundraisers. Bake sales are a traditional staple of youth group and sports team fundraisers. Consider these opportunities as you raise money for and awareness about mission.

1. Compile and sell a book of healthy recipes.

2. Have a rummage sale and help struggling families by selling low-cost items.

3. Have a craft fair using local artisans and invite artisans in your church.

4. Host a cook-off and sell tickets to watch. Participants can sample each recipe and vote on the winner.

5. Hold a silent-auction with donated items. Serve a simple dinner of soup and salad during the bidding-time.

6. Hold a walking event where the participants ask for sponsors to pay a certain amount for each mile walked.

7. Have a frozen dinner sale. Cook family-sized healthy meals, freeze them and sell them after church one Sunday. You will help a busy family and raise money for mission.

8. Work with a local farm or existing CSA-program (Community Supported Agriculture) to sell seasonal produce or vegetables. Ask them to partner with you in raising money for mission.

9. Sell hours for babysitting or household chores like dusting, vacuuming and laundry. Partner with your church’s youth group to help with outdoor chores like raking leaves, planting flowers or mowing the lawn.

10. Organize a dance night. Invite a local dance teacher or member of the congregation to teach a few dances and then dance the night away! Prepare a healthy dinner and invite the youth of the church to serve. This is a low-cost night of fun and raise money for mission.

Do you have other ideas? E-mail to share them and we will add them below this article. Share your healthy fundraising ideas!

Deaconess Darlene DiDomineck serves with the Office of Deaconess, Home Missioner and Home Missionary at the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries in New York City. Barbara Wheeler is editor of Response: The Voice of Women in Mission.

A version of this article appeared in the February 2009 issue of Response.

Copyright 2009 Women's Division, General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church.  Used by permission.

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