A Quick Guide

to Fundraising

First, thank you for walking and coming together with us to help those experiencing homelessness!

Every dollar you raise will go toward HHC's programs. Even small gifts add up to make a big difference!

Prizes are available for top fundraisers! Filomena's Restaurant in Waterford is offering the following incentives:

First Prize: Cocktail party for up to 15 guests. 2 hours of appetizers with beer and wine.

Second Prize: Dinner for 15

Third Prize Lunch for 15

Here are some suggestions on how to ask your friends and family for support. If you have questions, our volunteer coordinator, Sara Ofner-Seals, is here to help. She's at 860-439-1573, ext. 321 or volunteer@nlhhc.org

HOW TO ASK FOR SUPPORT

Make it personal

Tell people why you are walking and why you care about homelessness.

Start by talking with a few people about why you want to help. You'll build up confidence to ask for support.

Ask with confidence

You're seeking support for a terrific organization and a terrific cause. You are giving people an opportunity to help others rebuild their lives, and create a stronger community.

Many people will want to help. Others will say no. It's not the right time, they are devoted to another worthy cause or they simply can't afford a gift at this point. Don't take it personally; thank them for considering your request and move on.

Ask for a specific amount

Otherwise people won't know if you're asking for $5 or $100. You know who you're talking with; decide what level is appropriate. If you're not sure, $20 is a good starting point.

Use emails and social media

Emails in particular are helpful. Social media posts are easy to miss and get lost in people's feeds. Wondering what to write? Here is a sample email.

Say thank you

Let people know how much you appreciate their help and keep them up to date on your successes.

HOW TO RECORD GIFTS

Paper form

You can download a paper form, log gifts and collect cash and checks. Your supporters can also make a credit card gift in your honor on our website. Make sure they enter your name in the "special purpose" box at the bottom of the page.

Facebook

You can also create a fundraiser on Facebook. Facebook makes it easy for you to share your fundraiser online through social media.

Use paper forms and Facebook

You can use both systems if you like.

How to send in your gifts

You can bring cash and checks to turn in on the day of the Walk. Or, after the day of the Walk, mail in your form, along with all cash and checks, to 730 State Pier Rd., New London, CT 06320. If you raised money online, you can simply scan and email the form back to volunteer@nlhhc.org

QUESTIONS?

​Contact us at volunteer@nlhhc.org or 860-439-1573, ext. 321.