Rake It Up

During fall, it seems all of the trees shed their leaves at exactly the same time. While sweeping them up can be a time-consuming task, it's also a great opportunity for your group to hold a fundraiser.

Produce a flyer explaining everything about your group, including what you are raising money for and what you're hoping to achieve with the Rake It Up day. Distribute these flyers door to door in your local area — remember that you shouldn't put them in mailboxes, as this practice is against federal law.

Make sure everyone in the area knows when you'll be in their neighborhood, rakes at the ready, to clear leaves out of yards in return for a donation.

Choose a weekend for the event, as you're likely to find more people at home. You'll need to bring rakes and yard waste disposal bags along with you — you might want to check with the local authorities to see if there are any special requirements you need to know about.

Knock on each door you come to to ask who would like to have their yard cleaned up. Remember to be courteous and polite at all times. Check with homeowners where they would like the yard waste put, as simply leaving it at the curb may not be an option. A handwritten thank you note is a good way of showing your appreciation.

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