Chloe's 1st year in the Brighton Fundraising Committee

15 May 2019

You may know us as the people who come around in bright t-shirts and sell you food or roses or raffle tickets. But after a year at INTO and six months on the INTO Giving committee in Brighton, it seems a good time to reflect on what I’ve learnt and give you a peek into what it’s like being a member of this amazing committee.

The first thing you should know is that the INTO Giving Committee isn’t synonymous with INTO Giving itself. Lots of INTO centres have a committee and we are the Brighton HQ branch. The committee is given a budget each year and it is our responsibility to manage this and make as much profit for INTO Giving as possible! Old-timers will be well aware of the classic events such as Halloween and Easter food festivals, but it is also important to diversify events to keep them fresh and keep people engaged. (Watch this space!)

Pitching up to my first meeting, not quite sure what to expect, I was greeted by the most warm and friendly people you’d ever have the pleasure of meeting! I suppose that makes sense for a group of people either working or volunteering for a charity as good as INTO Giving. (And there are snacks).  

I learned that we meet once a month to discuss upcoming events and monitor the way the committee is running. You can imagine it’s quite some feat to balance everyone’s busy workloads with committee meetings and assisting in events! There’s a place for everyone in the committee whether you want to take more of an active role in leading events, or help in other ways like sending out comms, taking minutes, or coming along to pose for a classic INTO Giving photo shoot.

The first event I had most active involvement in was the raffle, which is one of the biggest events of the year. I really enjoyed going around the office selling tickets, it was a great way to meet people from different departments and have a bit of a chat. (Playing to all my strengths!)

I realised during my time helping out with this that the committee is really a place where you get out what you give. It was amazingly rewarding to see how much money was raised from raffle ticket sales, and to know that you helped with this is incredibly gratifying.

Since then I’ve continued to help out where I can, baking goodies for food festivals and manning the stall. I was also extremely happy to assist with the International Women’s Day event and the upcoming Assassin office game.

So after six months of learning as I go along, I am a happy and (hopefully) helpful member of this amazing team! If any of this sounds appealing and you are interested in joining, why not come along to the next meeting? :)

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