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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 4:16 pm 
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One thing our club has done in the past is run the free coffee stands at rest areas. In a couple of days we have made quite a bit, i'm not sure of the exact numbers but i think it was like $800 or something. Another thing we have done is yard sales. people donate stuff and then we sell it. yard sales is probably our biggest fund raiser and we only do it once or twice a year.


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Although the idea sounds like a great idea...

It might cause alot of conflict with people involved with the health message of the church. The "No Caffeine" policies and such. Especially when we teach the Temperance honor that teaches how horrible caffeine is. And decaf coffee doesn't do much to keep a long-distance driver awake.

This I know (from experience) lol. But don't share that around ;) We all have some weaknesses... *shruggin*

What percentage of the coffee that you sold was decaf?

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I would also like to add that even "de-caf" is not de-caf. It does have less than 1% of caffeine left in it. And the process it goes through is actually making the drink worse than having the caffiene in it in the first place. Best thing is to just stay away from it.

A neat idea may be to set up a fruit juice stand or "homemade" energy bars or mixes.

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 Post subject: Coffee stands
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:57 pm 
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I know Washington state has these coffee stands, and there are groups like scouts, Veterans, even quilting groups that run these things. They find it very profitable. They give the coffee for free, and sell cookies and other homemade treats for a "donation." Last time I was in one, I bought two bags of cookies and left $5!

I have a strong sensitivity for the health message. . . I'd like to see clubs get more creative of how to meet the people's needs BEFORE bidding the people to "follow Him." (Ministry of Healing 143). I'm guessing there are ways to be true to our ideals and still be a meaningful presence at the rest areas. I guess I would see this ministry more as a ministry, that just HAPPENED to make us some money. . . .

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how do you make money off a "free machine"?


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People donate to your cause. I have often seen people give upwards of $20 at a car wash just because we didn't ask for a set amount of money but for a donation instead. It really works!!

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yeah but washing your own car and pouring your own coffee is a bit different. car wash i see the point in donations, but free cofee ....oh you mean make the cofee ourselves for peopel.....oh I see now lol boy took me 2 days to get that :(

I misread I thought he you all said machine, I see you said stand. Anywho that uidea could work, but for religios reasons we may have to change coffeee with something else


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In a similar vein, any time you have a fundraiser that uses an order form, it pays to customize the form so you can add a "Donation" line item. A lot of people are more intersted in helping your cause than they are in buying what you're selling. The "donation" line item on the form lets them express this.

The profit margin on that line item is 100%. In our last fund raiser, one individual wrote in $100 there. The first time I did this, one person donated $500 there. Had the line item not been there, the donation would not have been made.

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People have been conversing about the coffee=caffeine problem. Why not just use hot chocolate? It tastes better than coffee anyways. I've never tried any of this, so I don't know if it would work. Any other ideas :?:

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Mocha, anyone?

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