Generous Jeans: How To Start A Workplace Collection For Charity

Do you want to make a difference in helping local charities (such as…hint hint… Do you feel like your contribution alone won’t make a dent? Consider starting a generous jeans fundraiser in your workplace.
Here are the steps that the generous staff at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School uses when collecting:
  1. Decide who will be in charge of organizing the generous jeans collections. This should probably be two people who work well together.
  2. Meet with the boss to discuss your ideas and have the collections approved.
  3. Get the word out to your co-workers. Perhaps a group email, poster, or flyers. Get input from your colleagues about which 501(c)3 charities should be the recipients of the collections.
  4. Each month, have the charity and date approved by the boss.
  5. Send an email to the entire staff so that they are ready with their “dollars and denim.” Participants can “dress down” if they contribute $1 or more to the charity. Whoever suggested the charity should write a little bit about the organization so that the co-workers will know where the money is going.
  6. Make sure you have a collection container in a public, safe location. Be sure to have someone in charge of counting the money and delivering it to the charity. If this can not be completed the same day, make sure the money is locked in a safe.
  7. Send an email to your co-workers to tell them how much was collected and thank them for their generous gifts.
  8. Feel great about how, by working together, dollars and denim will make a huge difference.
This month’s BRMS Generous Jeans collection was $115.20 and the lucky recipient of this month’s donations is…

drum roll…!

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Gwen Kusznier is mom to a 12-year old competitive gymnast, a 10-year old AAA hockey player, an adorable 8-year old furball with an adorable underbite (rescued through S&L and fostered by Dee and Paul), and a baby parakeet. She is also the wife to a beer league hockey player. She loves them all fiercely.

Gwen teaches eighth grade English- Language Arts at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. She believes that everyone can make a difference and should pursue their passions to make the world a better place. Her students amaze her with their clever Humanity Service Learning Projects in which they educate others about and volunteer for charities such as HarnessLife.

Gwen has been involved in numerous book clubs and writing groups. As she begins her volunteering with HL, Gwen is excited to harness her creativity energies with this new chapter in her life.

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