Raising Funds? We Can Help!

There’s a lot of good in this world. There’s a lot of good in our local community. I bet you know people who volunteer, and maybe you also volunteer. Maybe with coaching a children’s sport, or tutoring children or youth who need extra help, or helping adults learn how to read or speak English, or serving meals to the homeless, or donating supplies to shelters, or helping with animal rescue shelters, or helping fix or build homes for those in need, or visiting with the sick,  or…or…or….the list goes on. They’re all worthy. They’re all doing good. They all need financial support.

It’s truly no exaggeration that our farm receives about 100+ requests for donations every year. I never want to say no. Every request is for the good of our community. I want to help each organization. But how is that possible? Imagine if we donated $100 to each of those requests….$10,000. My heart says yes…my wallet says wait a minute…

We WANT to help! We truly do. Much thought has been put into a plan to find a way to help as many of these worthy groups as possible. And here’s that plan – we say YES to partnering with non-profit or not-for-profit organizations in a way that is mutually beneficial. There’s several options listed below. Check them out and then contact us (karen@paulusorchards.com) for more information and to see if you qualify. We truly look forward to helping you help others in need!

October Volunteers:
October is by far the busiest month of the year at the orchard. How do you hire enough people for 3 crazy weekends when you need half that amount of staff for the rest of fall? It’s a blessing to have people come and visit us…it’s also hard to adequately staff for the first 3 weekends. So…your group can help us by volunteering. Duties may include handing out u-pick bags, returning wagons to the pumpkin patch, greeting guests at the corn maze, helping at admissions, washing dishes, helping serve food, changing out trash bags, etc. Volunteer shifts will be 4-hour shifts over the first 3 October weekends [Oct. 7, 8, 9 (Columbus Day), 14, 15, 21, or 22]. We request a minimum of 16 total hours per organization and can accommodate a maximum of 4 volunteers per shift. Minimum age to volunteer is 16. Volunteers aged 16 and 17 will earn your organization $35 for each 4-hour block of time and volunteers aged 18 and older will earn your organization $60 for each 4-hour block of time. In addition, each person who volunteers will receive a free PlayLand admission pass, valued at $9, for every 4-hour block volunteered. In the event of rain and we do not need your volunteers, we will still make a charitable donation to your organization in the amount of $15 for every assigned shift.

Summer Festival Volunteers:
We hold two annual summer festivals – Blueberry and Peach Festivals on July 15th and August 12th, respectively. We believe passionately about healing and helping the worlds poorest children as well as feeding the hungry right here in our local community so our summer festivals benefit CURE, International and Harrisburg Ecumenical Food Pantry. These wonderful organizations provide tremendous help for these festivals to run smoothly, but each year the festival grows and we are in need of additional support. Volunteer shifts and donations work the same as above. You help us help them, and in return your group is helped too!

PlayLand Ticket Sales:
Take pre-orders for admission tickets for PlayLand (our fall fun area) which includes corn maze, jumping pillow, pedal karts, cow train, tube slides, duck races, straw bale play, rat rollers, little log houses, hippity hops, apple binazium, playground, rope spider web, corn shed, jumbo checkers, dress the scarecrow, & tether ball. Collect the money for the tickets ($9/ticket) and turn in your order form and payment. We will give you a check made out to your organization ($2 for every ticket sold) and admission tickets that are good for the remainder of the current season. We require a commitment to sell at least 50 tickets to receive a check for your organization.

Fruit Sale:
You take advance orders from your friends and family for peaches or apples (1/4 and 1/2 peck are most common size and biggest area of profit for you). We will provide you with the crates of fruit as well as the drawstring bags for you to package the orders. You sell the fruit at retail cost (or even slightly higher to increase your profit – we will provide you with guidance on this) and we sell you the fruit at wholesale cost. Minimum order is 10 crates of fruit. Estimated profit for 10 crates is $250.

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