Ambassadors Pump Up Support at Fundraiser
Recently, the Home School Foundation’s Arizona Ambassador Team hosted a fundraiser at Pump it Up, a birthday and special events facility featuring giant inflatables for jumping on in Peoria, AZ. This is the second year in a row that the generous owners of this franchise location have donated their space to the cause of the Home School Foundation at absolutely no cost to the local team! Since many entertainment businesses have standard arrangements to pay out an average of 20% on the earned funds, this is an extraordinary gesture and a great opportunity for the HSF Arizona Ambassadors.
“It is our pleasure to support an important cause like this. We consider the local team representing the Home School Foundation to be one of our regular partners,” said Pump It Up General Manager, Juan Sandoval.
Arizona State Ambassador, Carol Gary, shared her thoughts. “It is fantastic to build relationships like this with local businesses that help homeschoolers. Often, it is assumed that support for the Home School Foundation needs to come from homeschoolers, but that is not so. There are others in the community who want to support homeschoolers in their time of need and encourage the concept of school choice. For the Pump It Up event, which kicked off our spring fundraising efforts, we invited homeschoolers and their friends, whether homeschooled or not, to come and have fun for a worthy purpose.”
The model the Arizona Ambassador Team developed for the event is quite simple, and requires very few logistics and a lot of well-placed promotional communications. They ask a minimum donation of $5 per attendee, regardless of whether they use the jumping equipment during the event.
“This approach enables us to ensure balanced results while at the same time leaving room for God to work in the hearts of those who wish to give more," said Gary. "While many families pay the minimum donation and are happy to do so since it is less than they would usually pay to jump, other families who are able to do so give a great deal more than that. At the end of the day, many families have enjoyed themselves and made new friends and we, in turn, are able to help others. It is a win-win situation."
Coupled with HSF's generous matching incentive for ambassador teams, the $1000 raised at the Pump It Up fundraiser this year allowed Arizona ambassadors to jumpstart their fundraising efforts and gave them $2000 to assist another struggling homeschooling family in their area.
Last year, the funding raised through this one event helped to put a smile back on Mike Helton’s face—a homeschooling father who had lost his teeth to intensive cancer treatments for a rare form of leukemia.
If you’d like to be a part of an HSF Ambassador team and bring hands-on help to homeschoolers in your state, please visit homeschoolfoundation.org/volunteer.