Creative Fundraising With Shoparoo App… It’s New!

2014 August 29

There’s a New School Fundraising App called Shoparoo.

shoparoo new way to fundraise for your school!It’s simple. Download the app, scan photos of grocery receipts and YOUR SCHOOL gets CASH! Think… similar to gathering labels, except MUCH easier.

{VolunteerSpot.com asked me to take a look at the new app and share some of my favorite fundraising ideas.}

I’m not a fan of selling things as a ‘fundraiser’ for my kids’ school. Most of the time…OH PLEASE. Who am I kidding?—ALL OF THE TIME— I am the one who purchases the wrapping paper, coupon books, and cheese bread.

That’s not a fundraiser.
That’s just called mom’s wallet.

My favorite fundraisers are the types where the community is so happy to make the donation they don’t even realize it IS a donation!

  1. school rummage sale goodncrazyI helped head up a school rummage sale where a shocking amount of … well… crap was happily donated by the parents of the whole school. I swear it all magically appeared and we opened our doors to the community once a year and they bought all that wonderful… crap; helping us raise money for school field trips and playground equipment.
  1. My kid’s marching band staffs a concession stand at the local Panther’s Stadium during NFL games and believe me it’s a crazy amount of hard work, but we keep a small percentage of sales and ALL of the tips. And believe me we let every beer buying dude know we are there as volunteers helping our kids. We don’t normally choose to spend an evening smelling like brewskies just for fun! Sidenote: Weird seeing a Mormon serve beer. But oh well, we do it for the Band.
  2. Another favorite fundraiser I’ve helped with is a Baked Potato Bar dinner. We were still mostly serving the meal to our kids’ families but when held before an event where most of the parents are attending anyway, we figured people still have to eat and it was always hugely successful. Especially because local farmers were willing to donate the main ingredient!

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Try Shoparoo’s hassle-free mobile fundraising app today! Be the first to scan a receipt with Shoparoo and earn $10 for your school – click here 

 

Have you ever Wondered why every Fundraiser is Such a Hassle??

My Experience With The App

shoparoo new fundraising app scan your receipts and get cash for your school

Example of a receipt I submitted.

I’ve been using Shoparoo for a week now. Scanning grocery store receipts gains points for your school. (Must be food related stores—non-food stores will gain entries into sweepstakes for your school but not cash.) By the end of the school year if there are at least 25,000 points, Shoparoo will send a check to your school.

500 points = $1

25,000 points translates into $50 for your school.
The more parents you encourage to use the app and scan grocery receipts means more money donated!

What if I don’t want to share personal information with Shoparoo that might be on my receipts?

I asked Shoparoo about fears people might have submitting images of receipts with information they aren’t willing to share like credit card numbers etc. They said, just use a pen and scribble the parts out you don’t want shown. But the date, store and shopped for items must be showing.

So far I’m happy with it. Scanning is mostly easy to do. Sometimes I have to scan and re-scan to get it to line up for longer receipts. And I do it right when I get in the car after shopping so I don’t forget.

Here are a few answers to questions direct from their website:

how many points per receipt

Which receipts are eligble for Roo points for your school

how can shoparoo afford to pay these donations

Disclosure: I am participating in a VolunteerSpot campaign. This is a sponsored post. My opinion is my own and my dislike of the wrapping paper fundraiser is too. 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Hosts … Light The Night Walk In Your Neighborhood!

2014 August 28

I am a compensated ambassador for the Light the Night campaign.
All opinions expressed here are my own.

We are super excited about the Light the Night walk for LLS!
I LOVE the idea of a night walk.

 

LLS and light the night walk with Slyvan Learning centers

How fun!
Walking with friends and family, glow sticks and light up lanterns, balloons and even better— for a charitable cause!

kids with balloons at Light the night LLS walk

The Light the Night walks take place from September through November across the US.
Check and see if there is a Walk Near You?

Make it a Family Event!

My daughter is turning into a running star. She loves it. She runs cross country with the high school team (though she’s still in Middle School) and she kicked some serious 4×400 relay track butt last year with her undefeated Middle School team!

I on the other hand never ran track as a kid; I loved sports though… and as a 40+ mom I’ve picked up a tiny bit of running this year. And completely surprised myself with how much I’ve enjoyed it?

When I saw that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts a fun walk called Light up the Night I checked local schedules in the Charlotte area (there are several walks and dates in fact!) and the walk in Rock Hill is on the same evening as a Cross Country meet nearby. Oh YES. I signed the whole family up!

 

Donate $100 and Become a Champion for Cures

My goal is to encourage my friends and family to donate a total of $100 and then match it with our own $100 donation! Because… If you raise at least $100 you get one of the cool Red Lanterns!

(Oh how I NEED one of those Lanterns in the WORST way!!)

#LighttheNight Walk for LeukemiaI’m guessing nearly everyone knows someone with cancer or someone who has battled cancer.

I have a friend whose adorable little girl battled Leukemia for more than 2 years and I saw first-hand this kid is one tough fighter!

She is doing well today and even though I can’t possibly understand the years of pain and trials they went through, I would gladly walk one hundred miles if it would help even just one little kiddo avoid childhood cancer.

Let me know if you’d like to join our team!

 kids at light the night LLS walk

Sylvan is a Special Sponsor to This Year’s LLS Light the Night Walk

Sylvan Learning is partnering with LLS through Light The Night, with a commitment to raise $250,000 and to donate more than 12,000 hours of free tutoring services in nearly 200 communities nationwide to help young blood cancer patients and their families with the transition back to school.

 Here’s how you can help:

 

Won’t you join us? Let’s all walk to the end of cancer and, at the same time, help kids get back into the swing of school, often while they are still undergoing treatment.

 

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. My thoughts and excitements about the Light the Night walk are all my own.

You Know You’re Southern When… Boots, Band & Football Games

2014 August 27

 

We have season passes to the local high school’s football games. We faithfully cheer and proudly wear the school colors, plus I get to wear my new boots sent from Country Outfitter. The team is… well let’s just say they aren’t ranked very high most years.

The real reason we show up isn’t for the football team at all. (Gasp!)

You See… We are Band Parents

There is a certain pride to joining the Band Parent world. You must be initiated slowly otherwise you will run screaming from the crazy that is Marching Band in the South. If you make it all the way to ‘Parent of a Senior Band Kid’, the Freshman Band Parents will look to you for wisdom and understanding. (They have NO idea what’s coming their way.)

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Because… for 3 months your world will revolved around Marching Band. Every weekend. Nearly every afternoon. Driving them. Feeding them. Keeping them hydrated at all costs! And never dare be late to a practice. “On time is late”, — Preach it Mr. D!

The kids put in as much as 20 hours of practice per week. With more than 160 kids in the band this year, Band Parents are expected to help in a massive way. Moms help with uniform alterations and accessories. Dads help with giant props and rolling themed backgrounds. Fundraising, cookie baking, sign-up sheeting all must come together with military precision and a tight timeline.

And then there is the Travel. This is a competition year. Our goal is set on the biggest of the big national competitions. Grand Nationals in Indianapolis. Ooooohhhh say it again! Evoking the grand daddy of all high school band competitions will raise the hair on any self-respecting Band Parent. We have no less than 4 traveling competitions this year. 2 of which the kids will stay overnight for the multi-day nail-biting pain that is a huge competition with rounds of performance and judging.

So we happily attend football games and brave the heat of the south in August and September to watch a few minutes during the half-time as our Marching kids begin to put their show together.

 

You know you’re turning Southern When..

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  • Your family alters their whole schedule for marching band.
  • Wearing boots to football games is completely normal.
  • You answer with a hearty “Yes Ma’am” at the Chick-Fil-A Drive-thru window when they ask if you want Chick-Fil-A sauce with that.
  • Shrimp Appetizers show up with grits as part of the dish and you LIKE it that way!
  • You purchase earphones for a NASCAR race.
  • Y’all slips out and you don’t notice anymore.

Excited to wear my new Justin boots from CountryOutfitters.com you know you're Southern when...I’m excited to wear my new Justin boots with a lovely hint of turquoise in the stitching to upcoming Marching Band shows – AKA Football Games, and competitions… I will pick up my Chick-Fil-A sandwich on the way and practice my loudest mom-whistle!

You always want to embarrass your band kid as much as possible with the loudest parent noise. I’m thinking about a cowbell. But for now I’ll stick to stomping on the stadium with my boots and whistling really loud.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with AcornInfluence. Country Outfitter graciously sent me a pair of the most fabulous Justin boots. Square toed to fit even my gargantuan feet with wide toes. My opinions and fake Southern Drawl are all my own.

{MY BOOTS: I chose Justin Women’s Sorrel Apache Boot and you can find them on CountryOutfitter.com. You can also search for square toe boots to find the best fit for wide feet/toes. I was told the Justin brand run a bit large—I was scared but I did it—I bought a half size smaller than normal and with the square toe they are a perfect fit! Price is $127 with free shipping.}

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