Have you ever asked yourself what you can do to help those who do not have access to clean water?
We hear from people like you almost daily, asking how they can get involved. People want to be a part of RainCatcher. They want to help! Many people believe, to really make a difference, they either need to be able to give large sums of money or fly to Africa to volunteer. That is not the case.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’d love to be involved!” or “I am driven to make a difference, but I can’t take two weeks off work and travel like that!”? Well, you’re in luck! Busy people with other responsibilities can literally help save lives.
One of the things we are really proud of is the simplicity of our service programs and how they are managed by people in the communities we serve. So, contrary to what some may think, we’re not sending teams of volunteers to install rainwater-harvesting tanks or distribute portable point-of-use filtration systems. The implementation of RainCatcher solutions is handled by local leaders and managed by local country staff in Uganda and Kenya.
More than 800 children die each day from preventable diseases caused by poor water and a lack of sanitation and hygiene.
You can make a difference! You’ve watched what we do and you realize that through rainwater-harvesting projects and filtration, RainCatcher’s simple, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions provide immediate access to clean water for those in need.
Here are three ways you can help provide clean drinking water.
Donate Your Birthday Online
You’ve probably seen your friends do this on Facebook, or if you’ve had a birthday in the past few months, Facebook has probably offered to host a fundraiser for you. For many of us, our Facebook birthday is the only time we even interact with the majority of our Facebook friends. They are reminded it’s our birthday and they are prompted to wish us well.
Imagine if the same method was used to put a little fundraiser, hosted by you, in front of each of your friends as they go to post their cake and balloon emojis on your wall? Many will simply ignore that you’ve announced you’d like to raise money for clean water as part of your birthday, but some, who feel the same way you do, will be grateful for the easy, simple, unobtrusive option to just click and donate. Remember helping others feels great!
You can set up your fundraiser through Facebook in less than five minutes. Facebook will help you set a goal and you can even personalize the message. All you need to do is visit the RainCatcher Facebook page and click “Create” at the fundraiser section near the top of our page.
If you would prefer more customization and a page that can be more easily shared via email, Instagram, and Twitter, you can “Create A Campaign” as a Rain Maker for our Water Is Life! cause on our separate secure platform.
This method provides more space to share your story and allows you to share the link wherever you’d like, even on Facebook.
Host An Event To Raise Money For Clean Water
Did you know RainCatcher’s largest annual fundraiser started because a generous couple who hosted an annual July 4th beach party for friends and family wanted to add some philanthropy to their already fantastic event? This partnership has been a great fit and it’s something you can do, too.
You can turn one of your annual events into an opportunity to raise awareness and support for clean water. Do you have a family reunion, summer barbecue, girls’ weekend, annual White Elephant or Yankee Swap, Holiday Cookie Exchange, or big camping trip planned? Those all work great!
Or you can create a new party. Host a viewing of a much-anticipated movie or television event (Game of Thrones? The Bachelorette finale?) or even go back to your trusty birthday well and invite people to celebrate your special day with you and ask them for a donation of $20 in lieu of gifts. We know people who have hosted a fundraiser like this by inviting people to meet up at a particular bar for happy hour or a particular restaurant for a massive brunch and asked them to donate at the door. The sky really is the limit.
If you ever struggle to find ways to get your friends and acquaintances together as often as you like, trust us, creating an event around a cause you love gets people off their couches and out spending time together. Everybody wins!
Pro Tip: Because schedules can be crazy, it can be helpful to set up an online fundraiser, as described above, to support people in participating with a gift toward your cause, even if they can’t make it to the live event.
You’ll be amazed at how good your friends will feel being able to be part of something awesome. Make it EASY for them with a personalized link to donate!
Dedicate Your Athletic Event to Raising Awareness & Save Lives
Water projects are a natural complement to athletic events and hydration is a vital part of training. Whether you’re involved in a walkathon, a marathon, or something in between, water is crucial. We created the Team RainCatcher concept as a way for you to help us raise awareness of the need for clean water while doing what you love.
If you’re like us, you’ll post more than your share of training-day selfies, or heartbreaking bike malfunctions, or even photos as you pack your gear for that Everest Base Camp trek. We would LOVE to partner with you as you dedicate your event to raising awareness and support for clean water through Team RainCatcher.
If you’d like to dedicate your next race, climb, swim or other trained-for activity to save lives with RainCatcher, please contact us today to learn more.