Bagging for Bucks
Contact a local grocery store and have students bag groceries for tips. Provide a jar at each checkout for tips. Also have a flyer made up and hand them out to customers that are entering the store. The flyer should explain that the members are there to bag and carry groceries free of charge and if they choose to make a tip of donation, they can feel free to leave a donation in the jar. It’s a great time and customers are often generous with their donation.
World's Worst Fortuneteller
This is a great addition to a fair or carnival. Drape a tent and label it as "World's Worst Fortuneteller." Charge a set fee or a fee for service (Tarot reading, palm reading, tea leaves). Have the fortuneteller sit at a table staring into a bowling, soccer, or basketball. Instead of reading Tarot cards, read from a deck of "Go Fish" cards; instead of reading tea leaves, read candy mint leaves or leaves from a tree; and instead of reading a palm, read an elbow. Give crazy, mixed-up fortunes, and try to tailor it to the participant if you know them well enough. Keep a tip jar close by and try to throw it into the conversation.
Cow Pie Bingo
Experience the "sweet smell of success" while hosting a cow pie fundraiser during a country fair or rodeo event. A cow is turned loose on a fenced-in area that has been marked off in 500 three-foot, numbered squares. The crowds wait for the cow to make the first "deposit" on one of the squares. Chances on each square sold for $5. The winner receives $500. A line judge is required for close calls. Hint: The animal is well-fed on the day of the event, so it only takes minutes for a "deposit". Give Board Members and volunteers 20 tickets to sell in advance and have them sell on opening day of the rodeo or country fair.