FriendRaisers

The Community Builder welcomes the support of community groups, businesses and individuals who want to organize a Friendrasier and donate the proceeds or items to benefit our programs and services.

When you are planning a community engagement event or your company is planning a day of giving back – think of The Community builder. Hosting an event to support The Community Builder is a great way to assist your neighbors in need and invest back in the community where you live, work, play, and serve.

Want to host a friendraiser event?  Contact us 
Questions? Please contact Dawn Barker, Director 208-590-1084

FriendRaisers Drives

Clean with a purpose this spring - Team up to help 

Orgainze a collection drive.  Rally and Inspire your family, friends and neighbors to help make an impact.  No matter what items you find in your closets and drawers, chances are they can be put to good use for others.  From furniture to clothing and household items that seldom if ever get used, its easy to make spring cleaning into a donating tradition.  

​We've come up with some ideas and tools to get you started...

Start a community collection drive

Benefits for reducing and reusing
  • Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Saves money
  • Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Allows products to be used to their fullest extent

Getting Started - Who, When, Where & What?

Set a date that gives people (and yourself!) enough time to plan the event and gather items.

Spread the word - to neighbors, friends, family, colleagues, members of your congregation or school, and other community groups.  

Select a location-  will it be at a home, a friend’s café or business, or a community space or contact your local school district?

Send us an email at [email protected] so we can add it to our calender and help spread the word. 

Dont forget the camera - ​

Remember to celebrate your successes and send us your photos so we can too!
Books youv'e read
How many books have you read more than once?   And, all those other household items lying around?  You can clean house, make room for other things you need and help protect the environment. 

Old toys in the attic 
When is the last time you been in the attic.  You can donate all types of items that others are able to re-use.  We accept donations of shoes, jewelry, crafts, toys, bikes, stereos, radios,  small electronics, tools and more for people of all ages.  For a list of items we accept and the items we do not accept Click Here

That dress you wore in college
All those outdated clothes that are pushed back to the side in your closet hogging space.  You know, the ones your going to wear again someday but never will.  Well, the good news is they are back in style.  Not only will you be gaining space your giving them a new life and helping someone in need at the same time.  

Donation Drive Toolkit

We've put together everything you need to make your donation drive a success.   How to's, tips, toolkit and more.  

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1. Improve Life Satisfaction
A German study provides ample evidence that people who give more to others – in both time and resources – experience greater satisfaction in life than people who do not. In fact, communities of people with high levels of giving tend to demonstrate greater satisfaction within the community than groups of people who do not give generously. Essentially, you’re going to be happier in your community if it’s made up of folks who give to one another.

2. Protect Your Local Community
National safety net programs, such as Food Stamps and disability benefits, can be of great benefit to Americans, but giving to community organizations can provide important local safety nets that guarantee vital assistance during crises and emergencies as well. Community organizations tend to respond faster and more appropriately to the needs of local communities than larger organizations do, and these agencies obtain most of their funding from private donations. Local giving, therefore, provides support for the programs that enhance community well-being.


3. Feel Happier
While life satisfaction is one thing, general happiness is another. In a study by professors at the University of Missouri – Columbia and the University of California – Riverside, people who gave to others tend to score much higher on feelings of joy and contentment than individuals who did not give to others.


4. Improve Key Measurements of Your Health
People who volunteer score better on key measurements in overall health, such as resilience during physical activity and blood pressure levels, than people who do not. An article in Consumer Reports indicates that older adults who volunteer their time have improved cognitive function, increased walking speed, increased ability to climb stairs, and decreased rates of television watching than people who do not volunteer. All of these indicators are linked to better health in elderly individuals.

7. Activate the Reward Center in Your Brain
A study by a University of Oregon professor and his colleagues demonstrates that charitable contributions create a response in the brain that mimics one activated by drugs and other stimuli. This response elicits a surge of dopamine and endorphins that are experienced as “hedonic” and rewarding. Charitable giving can feel pleasurable in the deepest parts of your physiology – more so than a night on the town or a new outfit.

8.  Improve Your Employee Morale
Corporate enterprises give for all kinds of reasons, including an improved public image, increased profits, and tax breaks. And, according to research, individual employees who contribute their time or money to a corporate cause are more likely to report improved worker morale.
Participating in your company’s giving campaigns can make you feel like a part of your corporate team. Employers who want to improve retention and team-building should offer company giving campaigns and volunteer opportunities for employees.

9. Increase Your Community Standing
Generous givers tend to have more influence with their pet projects than others do. For instance, one of the organizations I contract with is far more likely to have generous givers serve on the board than people who aren’t financially invested in the cause. In turn, these board members are in a better position to influence the agency’s decision-making because they have demonstrated their interest and investment time and time again. The more you give to an organization, the more likely you are to influence that organization’s activities.

10. Reduce Your Tax Burden
Finally, and most famously, charitable contributions can reduce your tax burden at the end of the year. If you’re itemizing your tax return, you can report the dollars you contributed to charity for a deduction in your taxable income. Even if you’re short on cash, you can donate unwanted items to charity (such as clothing, furniture, and vehicles) and claim the value of these goods as a deduction.
Benefits of Giving
5. Reduce Rates of Stress
The improved happiness and health of people who volunteer and make charitable contributions is likely linked to reduced rates of stress, as well. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Tennessee found that charitable givers experience reduced rates of stress and lower blood pressure compared to those who do not give.

6. Induce Civic Engagement
If you’ve found a cause you like to support with donations, it’s usually just a matter of time before you start contributing your time to that cause as well. A hearty rate of voluntarism improves the overall health and longevity of local organizations, so give your money and your time to a cause you believe in.