Any individual can join a team and ride for any one of our partner organizations. Each rider is a fundraiser and each team can be a fundraising machine. Once you have joined a team, get in touch with your team leader and get to know your teammates. While each rider is responsible for getting his/her own sponsors to donate money to support your effort, working together and sharing ideas can only help energize everyone’s fundraising.
Three Squares New England suggests that each rider raise $1000, but the more you are able to raise – the more you help your community.
Once you have registered at the Registration page, you can forward your personal fundraising page link to help start your fundraising campaign right away. Be sure to personalize emails to your liking; personal stories about why you are riding can be very compelling to donors.
This is an easy way to double the funds raised for your team. Ask your donors/sponsors to check with their company HR department to see if they have a matching gift program. The employee will need to follow their company’s process. Most companies have an online matching system while some use paper forms, but all will require the Three Squares New England Tax ID number (46-4636259). Matching donations should be made payable to Three Squares New England and sent to Three Squares New England, P.O. Box 1055, Dedham, MA 02027. (Be sure to include the Rider Name and Team affiliation on any check sent to Three Squares New England.)
We welcome individual riders to donate to and participate in the Ride for Food, but you can make your fundraising efforts go farther if you recruit friends, co-workers, and family to join you for the ride. Mentor new team members, plan fundraising events, lead training rides, follow up with fundraising goals and provide support! Invite current and potential teammates to join you for happy hour, a coffee or of course, a casual ride.
If a rider is not comfortable asking for money outright, the team and/or team leader can organize an event and charge admission, which is considered a donation.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Host a cooking class at a restaurant or Whole Foods in Dedham
- Ask your local bike shop mechanic to host a workshop at your local shop
- Host wine tasting or brewery tour at a local establishment
SHOUT OUT TEAM MEMBERS
Distribute Ride for Food flyers throughout your workplace and neighborhood. Post an event notice on your company bulletin board. Announce your team in a company or organization newsletter. Let any cycling clubs you ride with know about the ride—they may be interested in joining your team. Be sure to include your name and contact information on all team recruitment materials. Some other information you may want to include is: your team name, how to register, your team goals, and information about your community food pantry.
KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING
Don’t forget about your team once it’s established! Keep in touch with members by sending weekly email updates on the team’s progress. Host parties, training rides, and other group activities to keep your team engaged! If you work at it, you will be able to raise much more than your original expectations may suggest.
DONATIONS BY CHECK
While most of the fundraising happens electronically, you have the option to collect donations by check. Checks can be made payable to Three Squares New England and mailed to Three Squares New England Inc., P.O. Box 1055, Dedham, MA 02027. If you receive a check, please have the donor provide their e-mail address, and write the name of rider and team they wish to support on their check. Once Three Squares N.E. receives an off-line donation, TSNE will enter the amount into the rider’s fundraising page and send the donor a thank-you letter, which includes the tax I.D.