If an organization or individual in your Utah neighborhood could benefit from the work of volunteers, it might be ideal to plan an event that will directly support them. Popular options include a book drive, food drive or clothing drive.
To begin organizing a drive, the first thing you’ll need to do is determine a set goal. How many books does your local library need to offset recent budget cuts? How much food does your local food bank need to ensure families have enough to eat throughout the spring and summer months? What kinds of clothing are most critical for this time of year for your local resale store?
Equipped with this information, the next step you should take is to recruit volunteers to help organize and staff the drive. Begin by identifying friends, relatives, business colleagues and others in your networks who are interested in helping you meet a set goal for the charitable organization of your choice.
Set a date and location for your drive. It’s even possible the organization for which you are collecting books, food or clothing might let you use its space.
You’ll also want to budget time to promote the event. You can use numerous free or low-cost ways to promote the drive. For example, you might:
Once these organizational steps are in place, you are well on your way to hosting a successful drive that truly makes a difference for your neighbors. More inspiration and tips for recruiting volunteers to help during your drive are available on the Toolkits page on the UServeUtah website.