Why Do We Call it a Bake Sale When it’s Not?
No One’s Economic Situation Should Determine Whether They Attend The Retreat
Right now A2WG is in the middle of a fundraising effort to send at least one third of the registrants of the Women’s Recovery Retreat to the retreat center on scholarship. We do this every year. We don’t believe that someone’s economic situation should determine whether they attend these sobriety “booster” events or not. The retreat center charges A2WG a good chunk of change per person, but if you’ve ever been to the retreat center, you’d understand why. Look at the pictures on our Retreat page and you’ll get it.
One Third of the Women Will Go On Scholarship
Sixty people will attend the retreat this year. Because the A2WG retreat has become so popular, we “sell out” earlier and earlier every year. Going to one of our retreats is like recovery on steroids.
So let’s do some math (groan). We need 20 scholarships and the cost of the retreat is $175.
20 x 175 = $3500
$3500 is the minimum we need to raise to meet the goal of offering as many scholarships as possible. Last year we had more requests then we had scholarships. We had to turn a few people down. 🙁
Our biggest fundraising efforts for the retreat are the A2WG bake sales. Whoa… Why did I just call it a “bake sale” when the title of this blog says it’s not? Well, it’s a heck of a lot easier then saying:
“Make a donation to the scholarship fund and then take a baked good off the table as a thank you gift.”
Are Recovery and Generosity Synonymous? You Betcha!
Have you ever noticed how giving people in recovery are? I’m not talking about monetarily, I’ve seen too many 12 step meetings fold due to lack of funds to make such a bold statement (don’t shoot the messenger). What I’m talking about is the giving of their time and their experience. Those are priceless resources! For any group to be successful it needs people to:
- A) Be a part of the group
- B) Help run the group
Now finding people to show up to events, workshops and retreats is my job. I send out the emails, post on social media, make and print flyers and
posters but we need volunteers to spread the word. At our SERVICE BEYOND SELF: Volunteer Sign-up dinner 17 people signed up to announce A2WG events at meetings they attend and bring flyers to those meetings (see pic). Now there are over 25 people out there spreading the word about recovery events which can strengthen women’s sobriety. The more women we can reach, the more women we can help!