Text on back roof of Box
About the boxes: The boxes are made from 1/16" thick corrugated cardboard. The dimensions are 8" long, 4 7/8" wide and 5 1/4" high, measured from the base to the crease where the walls meet the roof. From that crease to the top of the handle is 4 3/4". The slot in the front roof for depositing money in the house is 2" long. Boxes are pre-scored for easy assembly. Except for the back roof, the boxes are blank and ready to be decorated.
Materials: Provide crayons, markers, glitter, collage materials, scissors, glue sticks and other art and crafts materials to decorate boxes.
Teachable Opportunity: Houses For Change provides an opportunity to
teach participants about homelessness and how the money they save in
their boxes will help homeless families. For teaching materials, click on:
Communications: Give or email participants a letter explaining the project, how the boxes are to be used and when they will be collected.
Virtual Fundraising: Suggest participants use social networking to encourage donations from friends and family who may not be able to contribute in person. Organizations can also create their own webpage that participants can send to solicit online donations. The webpage could include photos or a video of box makers and their boxes, a statement about the project and a link to Family Promise of Baldwin County credit/debit card processor.
Public Relations: Let others know about this innovative, fun way to help homeless families. Contact the media to do a human interest story about your project. Have a local art gallery exhibit your boxes. Ask participants to add Family Promise of Baldwin County to their Face Book and Twitter pages and to email their friends and relatives to encourage them to organize a Houses For Change project in their community.