The annual Iowa 4-H Foundation Call-A-Thon has been underway for over 10 weeks raising money for Iowa 4-H. Members of the Iowa State University Collegiate 4-H Club have been taking to the phones on behalf of the foundation during this annual fundraiser.
The fall of 2012 had set the record with a total of $21,251 raised for the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
On November 12, 2013, the collegiate 4-H members broke the 2012 record with a total of 22,135. Two days later, they raised an additional $2,000! The running total is now at $27,345!! There are still four weeks of calling remaining, and they are not slowing down!
The Call-A-Thon is under the direction of ISU Collegiate 4-H Programming Chair and Iowa 4-H Foundation student employee, Ashley Kinkade. Current ISU Collegiate 4-H members have spent numerous evenings calling prospective 4-H supporters requesting donations. Over a period of 19 calling evenings, they have volunteered over 47 hours of their time making phone calls.
Collegiate 4-H members were excited to help with the project as a way of giving back to 4-H. It was a great way help give the next generation of 4-H’ers the ability to receive funding to participate in activities to further their 4-H experience. Ashley Kinkade stated, “This project is important to me personally because I have benefited from the support of the Iowa 4-H Foundation as a 4-H’er.”
Kinkade is very pleased with how hard the members if the ISU Collegiate 4-H Club have worked on this project. Many of the members had to step out of their comfort zone when making calls. After a couple calls they had become pros! “My favorite part was being able to see how successful the callers are at the end of the night. They get so excited when they make a connection and get a pledge,” expressed Kinkade. She also found it very meaningful to hear donors and callers making connections through their 4-H experiences.
The Call-A-Thon will continue through the remainder of the fall.
The ISU Collegiate 4-H Club members are a great group to work with and we hope to report soon with a new record as the continue the calling throughout the remainder of the semester!