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June 16th, 2010

(no subject) @ 09:51 pm

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful

Hello all, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for fundraisers when it comes to wildlife rehab.
My situation: A few weeks each summer, I volunteer for the ARK, a small wildlife rehabilitation center in mid-Michigan. This place is completely non-profit, and is funded largely out of the owner's own pocket. As anyone who has volunteered in wildlife rehab can attest, supplies are not cheap, and the ARK also has the disadvantage of being located in the county with one of the highest unemployment rates in Michigan, so the local community cannot donate much. In the past, the ARK has tried all the usual fundraising ideas, such as garage sales, bake sales, car washes, etc, but hasn't brought in much money. I'd be absolutely devastated if the ARK had to close its' doors, as the woman who runs it is one of the kindest, most selfless human beings I've ever met, and there's no doubt to my mind that this center provides essential wildlife conservation and education services.
I feel so helpless, as aside from winning the lotto (ha!), there's really nothing I can do money-wise. Any suggestions would be helpful! Thanks!
Pictures of some of this year's wee beasties under the cut...

"Ace" the fawn, pestering to be fed.

"Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!"

"Clancy" the juvenile trumpeter swan, who lost a foot to a snapping turtle during an early thaw.

A juvenile black squirrel

Baby hawk. We think he's a red tail

Two almost ready for release red foxes.
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