How to run a Collectathon
There are lots of charities who would greatly welcome new and gently used items. This project is great for all age groups, is simple to organise, and can be done in conjunction with another project.
Before Mitzvah Day
Find a charity
You may already know of or be working with a local charity. Contact them to find out what particular goods they would welcome. Alternatively, look at the Available Projects page of our website, www.mitzvahday.org.uk for some ideas.
Ask the charity to send you some information or leaflets about them that can be used to encourage people to donate, and also at your collection points. Alternatively, the charity website will have information you can print out for this purpose.
Organise a team of helpers to be available on Mitzvah Day to make sure that you have enough boxes and bags at your collection points, people to sort the collected items and deliver them to your charity and take photos.
Advertise your collectathon in your community in advance. Let them know, what you are collecting, for which charity and where your collection points will be.
On Mitzvah Day
Make sure that your collection points are easily spotted by decorating with Mitzvah Day bunting, balloons, posters and so on. Also make sure that they are well stocked with boxes & bags for the items that will be donated.
Allocate roles to ensure that your collected items are sorted and delivered your charity.
Thank your volunteers and all those involved and encourage them to get involved in the future with the charity they collected for.
Send Mitzvah Day some photos and let us know about your successful Mitzvah Day Collectathon Project!