St. Pauly Shed WCOP partners with St. Pauly Textile Inc. to maintain a clean and well-monitored place where the community may donate gently used clothing and other textiles. WCOP volunteers visit the shed several times a week to ensure the donations are what is requested and remove other items. (Some items we remove are suitable for the WCOP Garage Sale). The volunteer removes hangers, boxes and makes sure items are bagged and tied securely. We then stack the bags near the large doors to make it easier for the St. Pauly drivers to retrieve them. WCOP is paid by the pound, and the money is used to support our mission.
Coats for Kids Every autumn WCOP collects warm winter clothing for children and adults. There is a chairman that organizes the collection. She contacts schools, banks, credit unions, libraries and other locations willing to allow us to put collection boxes in their common areas. She ensures that there is adequate advertising in those locations. WCOP Site Captains decorate and place the boxes after introducing themselves to the person in charge at the location they have chosen. The Captains are then responsible for picking up the donated items at least once a week, inspecting them and washing if needed. They check to make sure zippers work, as the items must be usable. The collection typically lasts the month of October. At the beginning of November, all the items are brought together in one location and sorted, bagged and picked up by organizations that have requested them. This is a very popular event with lunch usually following the sorting party.
Canal Clean Sweep In April to celebrate Earth Day, WCOP cleans up a stretch of the path and shore along the Erie Canal. Garbage bags are provided. Bring work gloves and wear weather appropriate clothing.
St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center Breakfast A very popular volunteer activity for WCOP, we have been providing help for this social/fundraising breakfast for St. Jo's for many years. With the popularity of the breakfast constantly growing, we need lots of WCOP volunteers for this. We help set up, serve the breakfasts and clean up afterwards. We are rewarded with the joy of meeting many interesting people, knowing we are helping fellow WCOP member Sister Chris. Wagner, and a free breakfast after we've served everyone. As part of the fundraising for St. Jo's, there is a bake sale at the same time, which we contribute to.
Bunco Fundraisers Each year the club holds a major fundraiser. For the past four years it has been a Bunco themed evening. The funds raised go to our Endowment Fund, which is how we help out local charities. Charities send us applications for needed funds, the need must be specific, the charity must be a registered 501C3 organization. The Endowment committee reviews and chooses the charities we will support that year. We currently give $10,000 a year. We need a lot of help preparing for the fundraiser, and several committees address different aspects of the preparation, from getting corporate ads and donations, putting raffle baskets together, and decorating.
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