Summer is here! The kids are out of school. Suddenly your family’s routine has been turned upside down. Checking backpacks for homework has been replaced by packing the pool bag for the afternoon’s adventure to the pool. The summer can provide your family with some new fundraising ideas for financing your adoption in addition to fun activities, summer camps and family vacations.
- Clear out your closets and host a garage sale! Gathering items from your family and friends, along with your own items, will lead to more things to sell and hopefully more money to put towards your adoption. Since it’s garage sale season, visit other people’s garage sales leading up to yours, explain why you’re hosting your garage sale and offer to pick up anything from them that doesn’t sell. This will help them out, they are no longer stuck with leftovers, and you are able to sell more things at your sale. If you’re going to other people’s garage sales, make sure to take a flyer with you for yours; once they hear what you’re fundraising for, they may be willing to put a couple flyers out to help spread the word.
- Wash some cars! The warm weather is perfect for a car wash. Rally your kids and the neighborhood kids to help you throw a car wash and use the proceeds to finance your adoption. Don’t forget to send out flyers and post it on social media to ensure that as many people as possible know about the opportunity to have their cars cleaned and help support your family’s adoption journey.
- Run, Walk or Bike for your adoption! Organize a marathon or other event. The summer is the perfect time to organize an outdoor event such as a marathon, walk or a 3 v 3 tournament to fundraise for your adoption. This is a great opportunity to combine your family’s unique interests and to raise awareness of your adoption journey. Use your social network to spread the word about your event.
- Request our free Financial Resources Guide. This guide compiled by Camie Schuiteman, MLJ Adoption’s Financial Resource Coordinator, lists many grant opportunities for families pursuing international adoption, and tips for applying for the grants. Use your long summer days to complete grant applications and continue to finance your family’s adoption journey. If you’re interested in receiving a copy of our Financial Resources Guide, please email Caitlin and she will send one to you.
We hope that no matter where you are on your adoption journey that this summer will be full of opportunities to fund your adoption. If you have questions about affording adoption, feel free to email Camie.
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