Nickels for Nails hits it square on the head when it comes to creating a fundraiser empowering children to help make a difference in their community with SCV Homes For Heroes. It's easy to help and even the youngest child can understand the importance of lending a hand to those in need.
The event kicked-off at the Plum Canyon Elementary School Assembly last Thursday. Plum Canyon is the first of eight local elementary schools selected by the Saugus Union Elementary School District as part of a pilot program. While Homes For Heroes will hopefully be expanding to all schools within a few years, Plum Canyon was chosen as it has begun FUNdraising.
But why "Nickels for Nails"? The name itself is easy to understand.
"We want children to understand the importance of being a part of a community," said Carl Goldman, Co-Owner and Founder of AM 1220 KHTS. "With a name like Nickels for Nails, it's easy for a child to comprehend what it is they can do to help and what the raised funds will go towards. Each nickel raised buys a nail for a home."
"One of the main goals of Habitat For Humanity now is to have an activity throughout every school in the next 24 months. From kindergarten to College of the Canyons, we would have an age appropriate program that’s connected with Homes For Heroes. That means a child from kindergarten all the way to college will be connected throughout their entire student career,” said Carl Goldman. “They’ll feel more empowered to take on a community service responsibility.”
Teachers, youth group coordinators and students who sign up will receive a coin collection container for their classroom, along with a how-to guide about starting a successful fund drive. Teachers can also receive special curriculum to educate their students about returning veterans in California and how everyone can help the cause.
- Create your own blog or Facebook for your school, class, or group where friends and family can easily share Habitat stories and donate online. Hold a bake sale, craft or art fair to sell or auction off projects created by the young students. This can easily be done by finding a community event already happening – a county fair, farmer’s market, sidewalk sale, church event – and asking to have space to sell items.
- Host a house building contest using LEGOs or recyclable building materials (Popsicle sticks, paper bags or boxes). Each house is then voted on by placing a donation jar in front of each entry. The house that earns the most money wins.
- Start a recycling drive for cans, bottles, or plastic materials with funds going towards Habitat.
- Have a car wash in your neighborhood, at your church, or school.
- Host a talent show, concert, or comedy event with a suggested donation at the door.
To find out how you can help, register, or for more information on Nickels for Nails, you can visit SCV Homes For Heroes website .
For more information on Habitat For Humanity, click here .