Students love to get involved in campus life. Fundraisers are an immediate draw for most. They love causes and see useful ways to raise money. Outgoing types are not opposed to going door to door, standing in front of stores at the mall, asking family and friends, and just getting the word out. Bookworms and retiring types find other ways to help. Most will bake cookies, fabricate crafts for sale, man a carnival ride, or wash cars. Novel or traditional, local activities easily find a willing support group. This is especially true if it has to do with kids and education, including their own college or university. Maybe the dorm needs refurbishing or a new science lab has to be installed. The pool is cracked or the basketball hoop is dead. Scholarships are always in demand as are slush funds for special projects.
Once they are on board, the students will rally. They will plan and publicize the event—putting up posters and writing emails. They will work hard for hours. After, they will party. It’s a great respite from the daily grind and they all need a break. Carwashes are super popular with sororities and fraternities, either separately or in tandem. It is like one big social outing in which tossing suds balls is quite okay. Spraying people with the power washer is a little iffy, but it has been done as well. (Just make sure it isn’t on high or you may lose a few bikini tops.)
There is nothing better for camaraderie. It is also a great for hooking up (remember no one dates anymore). Getting out of the dorm or library is a welcome treat. In the spring there is the lure of the great outdoors. There are usually some refreshments and an entourage spurring everyone on—faster, faster! You missed a spot! Of course music is blaring. I can’t think of a better, more popular way to fundraise unless it is snowing out.
If this sounds like you, why not organize an event at your school and poll people about the right cause. Some are universal like World Vision and some are timely and local like putting equipment in the local playground. Whatever you decide, it is simple to execute a carwash and everyone knows how. Pick a typical Saturday, starting in the early morning, and break for dinner. Make plenty of giant signs, preferably held by female students. Get volunteers from the neighborhood and especially teens who are always eager to work alongside those a few years ahead. It gives them a taste of what is to come. If you sell tickets, you will know your take right away. You can also ask for donations from those without cars. Ask the local hardware store to donate a really good power washer or any needed supplies like cloths and soap. Make a check list and delegate away.
Your first college carwash will be a milestone and harbinger of more to come. Why not become the go-to expert and get more credit under your belt. In any case, watch for the next one and take notes.