Raider Relief launches the Abandoned Stuffed Animal Project

Raider Relief launches the Abandoned Stuffed Animal Project

Visit raiderrelief.org today! The Project Welcome to Project ASAP, brought to you by Raider Relief. We’re putting together the biggest stuffed animal drive ever! Help the University of Mount Union and our awesome supporters in the city of Alliance as we donate our gently used stuffed animals to be professionally cleaned (by Cintas) and sent … Read more

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The Project

Welcome to Project ASAP, brought to you by Raider Relief. We’re putting together the biggest stuffed animal drive ever! Help the University of Mount Union and our awesome supporters in the city of Alliance as we donate our gently used stuffed animals to be professionally cleaned (by Cintas) and sent out to kids who will love them.

When does it start?

We officially begin collecting donations on March 31 and will continue until April 5.

Take the Teddy Pledge!

Click HERE to take the “Teddy Pledge!” Give us your best guess of how many abandoned stuffed animals you’ll collect from home Easter weekend, and we’ll send a text message to remind you before you leave home!

Where to donate?

Feel free to drop off your donations at the University of Mount Union Library (KHIC) or Family Video in Alliance.

What exactly to donate?

Please bring your used, lovable, stuffed animals to donate. We’re looking for the sort of stuffed animal that you used to love playing with, but is ready for another child to love

Want to chat?

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for some Teddy shenanigans! Follow the #ProjectASAP hashtag as well!

Raider Relief Brings You Lemonpalooza!

Raider Relief Brings You Lemonpalooza!

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Raider Relief has been doing “good” within the local and global community since around 2009. In the past, Soles for Souls, Hugs for Haiti, Help to Others, March Makeover and Bottle School Blitz have been great successes, benefiting wonderful non-profit organizations. This year, Raider Relief is partnering with Alliance Ventures, the Regula Center at the University of Mount Union and the United Way of Greater Stark County to bring you Lemonpalooza, a community-wide lemonade sale in Alliance on Oct. 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A cup of lemonade will cost $1. Twelve lemonade stands will be set up in front of various businesses along State St. Volunteers from the University of Mount Union and the community will be running the lemonade stands. United Way’s annual campaign runs until Nov. 29. Eastern Division Campaign Co-Chairs Gerard and Phillip Mastroianni are volunteering their leadership on the United Way Campaign Cabinet, chaired by Thomas Swidarski, to further campaign efforts in the Alliance and surrounding area.

Alliance United Way agencies, including the YMCA, YWCA, SPARK, Interfaith Child Development Center, and the Domestic Violence Shelter, receive more funding from United Way than any other city in Stark County. Unfortunately, Alliance has the smallest number of annual donors to the nonprofit organization. The goal of Lemonpalooza is to raise funds for United Way of Stark County while promoting awareness of their presence in Alliance. The proceeds will be dispersed to United Way agencies throughout Stark County.

For more information please visit raiderrelief.org!

Bottle School Blitz!

Bottle School Blitz!

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Remember Raider Relief? The group behind projects like H20, Hugs for Haiti, March Makeover and Souls for Soles? Well they’ve got another project for you!

Introducing the Bottle School Blitz! The Bottle School Blitz is a project to try and raise money to build a bottle school  in Guatemala. These schools actually use recycled bottles as the insulation for the buildings, both promoting education and green living.

Raider Relief will be acting this Saturday, November 19, by blitzing the community around Alliance and posting up outside of local business to raise spare change for the project. This is the biggest push the organization will be making, however we still have other ways for you to help even if you can’t come to this Saturday’s effort.

One way you can participate is to be on the lookout next week for Raider Relief and our take-home bottles. What we want you to do with these is to take home a bottle and fill it with change over the Thanksgiving holiday. When break is over, just bring it back and return it to Raider Relief and we will add whatever you’ve raised to our total. Bottle Schools cost around $10,000 and we are hoping to raise, if not all, most of what is needed to get the project under way.

If you have any questions or would like to help out, contact the project leader Zak Suhar (maybe you read his blog here!) and he can direct you to the appropriate people. Happy holidays, and we look forward to seeing you at our event!

Bottle School Blitzing

Bottle School Blitzing

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Ever since my freshman year at Mount Union, I have been fortunate to be a part of Raider Relief, an awesome student organization here on campus. We have an underlying mission statement: Student-driven humanitarianism, helping those in need with passion, love and good deeds. Basically our group recognizes the needs of people less fortunate than ourselves and acts upon those needs in a fashion that is timely, sympathetic and rewarding. Some of our past philanthropic projects have been Soles for Souls, Hugs for Haiti, Help to Others, March Makeover and most recently a Walk 2 Remember.

Not only do we strive to impact Mount Union’s local community of Alliance, Ohio, but we extend help to people all over the world by partnering with other charitable organizations. By teaming up with other charities we have declared our organization as a non-profitable group, where 100% of all of our earnings are donated to those in need.

This year our project is a Bottle School Blitz – a 10-day community and campus-wide fund-raising effort. The project will benefit Hug it Forward, a not-for-profit organization with an innovative approach to improving the educational infrastructure of developing nations. Hug It Forward focuses on building schools in Guatemala out of plastics bottles and non-biodegradable trash. The area of Guatemala has around a 25% illiteracy rate and many places don’t even have schools for children to learn in. These places are recognizable from the non-profit’s executive director, who used to do Peace Corps work in the area, and is able to recognize communities in dire need.

The Bottle School Blitz project consists of two phases. The first of which (the community blitz) will take place on Saturday, November 19. Teams of student volunteers will staff tables set up outside of more than a dozen high-traffic retail locations throughout Alliance, asking shoppers for donations to support the project’s cause. The second phase will be campus based. Empty plastic beverage bottles will be issued to hundreds of students before they head home for Thanksgiving break. Each student will be challenged to fill his or her bottle with spare change from home and return to campus with a coin-filled bottle.

The last, and ongoing phase, is an online donation site for those who cannot help with the community or campus initiative. If you would like to donate or share the donation site with anyone, please click this link! I sure hope that everyone reading this can help our project in any way possible. Share it with friends, family and online … a little help by a lot of people can go a long way. Help be the change we want to see in the world!

#MarchMakeover

#MarchMakeover

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As some of you may have heard, or been a part of, the Raider Relief team put on their event – March Makeover – this past Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Empowerment Center, located on S. Arch Street in Alliance. Now, I am planning a much longer post in the future, outlining how we were able to get over 300 volunteers in about a week, but for now I just wanted put up some pictures and let you all know about our Facebook page at RaiderRelief.org. Feel free to check us out there and be sure to keep an eye out for the before / after photos!

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Again, I would like to personally thank everyone who came and helped out. I was at the service today and everyone there was so happy and thankful for everything we did. Know that your work will be appreciated and enjoyed, and have a great end to your weekend!