Re: Fund Raising
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Fri, 16 Jun 1995 19:07:00 EST
Carol McLane <Carol.Mclane@COMMERCE.STATE.MI.US> writes...
"One Fund Raising activity that has worked for our Band Boosters is Pop
Our Band kids regularly raise $400-$600 for about 4 hours work."
That's a pretty good total. Unfortunately, this wouldn't work as well
for my troop here in Illinois.
This is an example of something that works well in one area, but may not
work as well in another area. Judging from Carol's address, I'm pretty
sure that she is from the State of Michigan, where I was born and
The state of Michigan has had a deposit law on beverage containers since
the late 1970's or early 1980's, and it is one of 10-15 (my numbers may
be off) states that have them (mostly new england states, if I remember
right). Every pop can, pop bottle, beer bottle, beer can, and wine
cooler bottle has a deposit put on it, usually 10 cents each, some
bottles are 5 cents each. From the deposit labels I've seen, this is
the highest in the nation per container.
Even though the ammount per container is small, it adds up quickly,
especially where you go through lots of pop, beer, etc...Many people
don't like to take the time to return the containers, although they will
save them. If asked to donate their cans, they don't think it is much
money at a dime a can, but it adds up, and may be worth it to not have
to deal with taking them to the store to return them.
When I was a student at Central Michigan University (1987-1991), a
popular fundraiser used by student organizations was a pop can drive
like Carol described, although with a lot less publicity. They would go
through student housing (dorm rooms, apartments) when students were up,
awake, and at home (evenings, usually), knocking on doors collecting
Occasionally, you would get hit 2-3 times in a week, and you
learned to say "no" if you needed the deposits to pay for grocerys the
next week. I remember the hosts of a BYO Alpha Phi Omega party thanking
the chapter for comming to the party and leaving all the emptys.
On the other hand, at Central, there was at least one student who spent
time between classes picking up cans in the classrooms. I heard he was
working on his Masters and was paying for it with can money.
In many other states, including Illinois and Indiana (I go between here
and my parents place in Michigan regularly), there is not a deposit on
the containers, so all you can collect the cans for is the alumninum. I
believe it takes between 12 and 20 cans to make a pound of alumninum,
and that you might be able to sell to a recycler for 20 to 40 CENTS.
I've heard that since recycling started kicking in so much, the supply
of no deposit aluminum cans has gone up, depressing prices.
Even when I lived in Michigan, we lived so close to Indiana, we could
save money by buying in Indiana (lower price and no deposit, especially
the 15cent per can Aldi pop), we seldom bought Michigan pop. We saved
the cans for recycling. When I sold cans in 1987 (at a high point in
the aluminum markets), I think I had 6-7 bags of CRUSHED cans that
returned me all of $15. Those cans took me 2-3 years to save (mostly
from the family consumption, and we didn't drink that much pop).
I'm not saying that Carol's suggestion is bad, but I thought some
clarifcation was necessary. Like so many things in Scouting, what works
in one area won't work in another area. I'm glad, because that gives
scouting some great diversity.
Your in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348, Oak Forest, IL
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