An Impressive Pastime
It was a chilly Tuesday evening in May. There were plenty of things that a 5th grader could have been doing that would have kept them comfortably warm and inside. If given the choice, it’s safe to bet that most of us would prefer to station ourselves indoors for the evening and hope for nicer weather tomorrow. But not Sarah. Sarah took advantage of an open schedule and decided to do something she loves. Undeterred by the weather, she headed outside to fundraise for a cause she believes in, and started knocking on doors to invite donations.
Sarah is a Girl Scout. She loves hiking and going to concerts with her family. She also happens to love fundraising and supporting organizations that are dear to her.
Sarah and her family are great friends to Kenneth Young Center, with connections to Kenneth Young, himself. Kenneth Young was an old friend of Sarah’s family. Sarah grew up learning that KYC was a place that helped many families when they needed it most. When Sarah was introduced to the Hustle for Health 5K, she knew she found an event that she loved. Sarah has an impressive collection of Hustle for Health t‑shirts dating back through the years, and looks forward to adding the newest edition to her wardrobe this year.
Cindy, Sarah’s mother, reveals that Sarah has had a strong sense of duty to others from a very young age. “She’s such a caregiver, she’s always putting others before herself,” Cindy says, and she sensed the need in her daughter to help other people very early on. This is what Sarah says encourages her to fundraise. She is motivated to help people who need support, especially families in crisis, and she knows that fundraising is an incredibly impactful way to do just that.
Although she is young, Sarah has cultivated some serious fundraising skills, and lends her talents to a few different organizations. She supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honor of a family member, and is a master Girl Scout cookie salesperson. KYC is thankful that she uses her skills to support the 5K, too!
Making the Ask
Sarah takes on what can be a daunting task — asking for money — and does it like a pro. With her mom by her side, she ventures out into her community, bravely knocks on doors, and asks her neighbors to help her reach her goal of raising money for KYC. She admits that knocking on the door can be scary, but after the knock is out of the way, it’s time to work her magic!
Her secrets to fundraising success? First, she is prepared. After a quick speech that introduces KYC to her audience and a few main points about why she believes in KYC, she invites others to join her in supporting the programs that she knows make a difference in the lives of KYC’s clients. “You have to do your research,” Sarah explains, “in order to be able to tell others about the organization that you care about.” Lastly, she encourages potential supporters to give in a way that makes sense for them. She is kind, but persistent, and as her mom put it best, “She. Raises. Funds.”
Becoming an Ambassador
Raising money to support KYC’s programs is important, but it’s also important to connect people with the programs they may need. Through her fundraising work, Sarah has become an ambassador for KYC by educating her community members about the programs and services she supports. Her friends and neighbors sometimes learn that the resources they’ve been seeking can be found at KYC, and they are one step closer to finding what they need to live healthy, independent lives. This is one more way that Sarah’s work enables her to support her community members.
You Can Hustle for Health, Too!
KYC is incredibly grateful for dedicated supporters and volunteers like Sarah. Her commitment to helping others is inspiring, and we thank her for all of her hard work in supporting her community through KYC. Happily, she has already reached her original fundraising goal, but plans to keep fundraising and make an even bigger impact in the lives of KYC’s clients.
If you would like to register and fundraise for KYC’s upcoming Hustle for Health, click here! This event is free to attend and family friendly. This year, the race is superhero-themed in honor of our clients, volunteers, staff, and supporters who do amazing things for the health of our communities every day. We look forward to the celebration on June 8th!
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