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Welcome to the Official Site of The Y in Central Maryland Turkey Trot Charity 5K! We are excited to have you join us for this Thanksgiving morning tradition.

Adults, children and families from across the region come together to not only run (or walk, jog, stroll), but to raise funds so that children living in poverty in Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Thank you for being part of something good on Thanksgiving Morning!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fundraising: Where Do You Shop?

By fundraising for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5k you are benefiting the Y's Give Every Child a Chance campaign, which works to improve the lives of children living in poverty through education and compassion.

Over the last couple of weeks we have learned how to share our fundraising pages and then follow up.

This week we are opting to give our social networks a rest and focus on businesses. Here are some step-by-step ideas for how to help the cause.

  1. Make a list of 15 businesses you interact with that you want to ask. For example, do you see a chiropractor or maybe a hair stylist? What about your bank?
  2. Find their mailing addresses.
  3. Using this letter, customize the letter and either mail it or copy it into an email and send to these businesses.
  4. Set a reminder on your calendar (or phone) to follow up with a phone call next week.
Many businesses, even those as large as Target and Lowe's, set aside budget to donate to community members based on requests, so make sure you get your piece of the pie!

We thank you for all you are doing to help change the life of a young child.

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