Ocean’s Harbor House Mission: Provide shelter, support and services for vulnerable youth, enabling them to unlick their potential by learning skills that empower them to build successful lives, relationships and future.
Our Vision: All youth feel safe, empowered and equipped for successful futures.
Telling people about our mission and vision helps create more awareness about the challenges faced by homeless youth in our communities. Telling people that you are riding to raise funds to provide the essential gifts of shelter, food, services and hope for youth at risk, demonstrates that you care enough to take action! You have committed to cycling miles and miles and their support of your participation shows they appreciate and commend your efforts!
Educating people about the cause of youth homelessness is the main key to gaining support from others ... not to mention that you are cycling a significant amount of miles!!! WOW!!
If you are dedicated to the cause and passionate about who the money will help, this often eliminates many of the boundaries! You’re not asking for money for you, you’re asking for money for youth in need to make sure they are safe today and empowered tomorrow!
Our mission is compelling and worthwhile and will change the lives of not only the young people served, but also the entire community.
You want to be sure to have a few main statements you are comfortable saying when asking people for donations. Let people know you are RIDING (tell them how many miles) or SUPPORTING the riders. Visit Ocean’s Harbor House for more information or click here to view the brochure.
How much do I ask for? Good question, it depends on who you are asking. You should start with family, friends, colleagues and your employer. Think about who you spend money with – salons, area shops, etc. If you are a business owner, ask your vendors to support your efforts. Use your social media accounts like Facebook to direct them to your fundraising page. Instead of asking for a specific dollar amount, tell them how many miles you are riding and say “ I would appreciate your support in a dollar amount that is significant to you.”
Donations come with a slew of benefits, both tangible and intangible. Explain the tangible (obvious tax benefits etc.) and the intangible (this gives you the opportunity to pull heartstrings and really tell the story of Ocean's Harbor House). The path to success is to keep asking and there is a benefit to every in-person conversation with a donor. It builds the relationship and may even secure future donations.
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