1. Make a donation to yourself!

Get friends, family, and coworkers excited about supporting you by donating to yourself.

This demonstrates to others how much you truly believe in what you are doing and that you are committed to the SHCC Read-A-Thon. It also helps set the benchmark for future donations.

This is a really important step. Participants who make a personal donation raise more money on average than those who don't.

2. Sharing is Caring!

Tell your friends, family and coworkers that you've signed up for the SHCC Community Read-A-Thon by sharing a link to your personal fundraising page on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter - wherever you will reach the most people who love and support you. We've created some downloadable graphic and resources to help make sharing super easy! Check them out on our Downloads page.

Send an email, a text message, start a Facebook group message, or ZOOM them!

Make sure you let them know that they can support you by making a donation to your personal fundraising page (be sure to give them your personal fundraising page URL).

3. Make a video for your personal fundraising page and social media.

A video could go a long way in engaging your friends and family. Now that most people can make a video in just minutes, it is a worthwhile addition to your fundraising page. Making a video requires little or no setup and editing. As for what should be in the video recording, here are some important points of information to include:

  • Your name
  • The name of the organization (Sara Holbrook Community Center)
  • Your fundraising goal, challenge, and deadline
  • How to donate – a link to your fundraising page
4. Post about your fundraising challenge on Front Porch Forum

Just about everyone is connected to Front Porch Forum and it’s a great way to cast a wide net to let your neighbors know about the SHCC Read-A-Thon and your personal reading challenge. Be sure to include a link to your personal fundraising page!

5. What to send and share
  • Share a link to your SHCC Read-A-Thon fundraising page.
  • Explain what you're doing - Reading to help provide essential services and programs for children, youth, and families in your community. 
  • Suggest a donation amount. It doesn’t need to be a lot…every dollar will put you closer to your goal!
  • Explain how their donation will help SHCC. For example:
    • $100 ensures that those families who do not qualify for state assistance can still access quality child care for their child.
    • $75 allows a teen or tween to participate in a week of SHCC’s Youth Adventure Program (YAP). 
    • $50 provides educational supplies for one English Enrichment Program classroom.
    • $25 supports one day of teen outreach, helping students engage in school and community post-COVID.
6. Go to Our Downloads Page for personal fundraising resources!

We know asking for donations isn't always easy, so we've created some pre-designed downloads to help you share your personal and/or team fundraising message! From social media graphics to suggested email copy, we've got you covered! Check it out here!

7. Be prepared for cash and checks

Not everyone likes to use their credit cards online, so there may be a small handful of people who want to support you, but will prefer to write you a check or give you cash. This is why we created a pledge sheet for you to record and collect pledges that are not made online. It’s a good idea to have an envelope attached to your sheet so you have a place to hold the money without losing it. Money and collection forms can be dropped off at SHCC’s main office located at 66 North Avenue in Burlington. Checks should be made out to SHCC or Sara Holbrook Community Center.