Easterseals is a non-profit organization that provides health and human services to people of all ages with disabilities or needs, as well as provides support to their families. For over 85 years, Easterseals has assisted more than 1 million people around the United States and Puerto Rico at more than 550 locations. Funding from different agencies and private companies offer some financial help, but Easterseals relies greatly on public contribution. CEFCU is one example of an organization that prides itself on being involved in the surrounding communities, and therefore contributes donations to Easterseals each year.
One of CEFCU’s many fundraisers is the annual Easterseals Basket Raffle. CEFCU’s employees are asked to donate any gift or basket item, either as an individual, a group, or a department. Some ideas include gift cards, electronics, sporting event tickets, spa packages, and travel goods. Each year, a variety of gifts are donated that are separated into two groups: standard items ($100 and below) and VIP items ($100 and above). Employees are then able to buy raffle tickets that are put into the drawings of their favorite items they wish to win. Baskets and raffle purchases are made available for one week.
As a CEFCU employee myself, I decided to get more involved with the fundraiser this year and I had a blast raising money for a good cause and a notable organization. My department and I decided to create a themed basket of “Movie Night,” which included over 15 DVDs, assorted popcorn and seasonings, two popcorn bowls, card and dice games, a variety of candy, and a blanket. We were all proud of the basket that we created and hoped that it would generate a lot of raffle traffic, therefore raising more money! Approximately 50 different baskets were donated by the employees of CEFCU. Some of the most popular items included gift cards, and an Amazon Echo Show.
This year, CEFCU was able to raise $7,372 for Easterseals, a truly great accomplishment that will help many individuals of our community! This annual raffle has served as a very successful way for CEFCU to fundraise on behalf of Easterseals, as well as make over 40 employees lucky winners of amazing new prizes (including myself!). I am proud to be part of a company that values the importance of community outreach and I know so many others at CEFCU are too. We all look forward to next year’s basket raffle, but until then we will continue to do our part to help and grow our surrounding communities.
To learn more about Easterseals, please visit their website at http://www.easterseals.com/