There’s a lot of good in this world. There’s a lot of good in our local community. I bet you know people who volunteer, and maybe you also volunteer. Maybe with coaching a children’s sport, or tutoring children or youth who need extra help, or helping adults learn how to read or speak English, or serving meals to the homeless, or donating supplies to shelters, or helping with animal rescue shelters, or helping fix or build homes for those in need, or visiting with the sick, or…the list goes on. They’re all awesome & worthy! They’re all doing good. They all need financial support.
It’s truly no exaggeration that our farm receives about 100+ requests for donations every year. I never want to say no. Every request is for the good of our community. I want to help each organization. Imagine if we donated $100 to each of those requests….$10,000. It adds up quickly. And, we actually do donate over $10,000 to non-profits every year but we do it through partnership.
Much thought has been put into a plan to find a way to help as many of these worthy groups as possible. And here’s that plan – we say YES to partnering with non-profit organizations in a way that is mutually beneficial. There’s several options listed below. Check them out and then contact us (Karen@PaulusMtAiryOrchards.com) for more information and to see if you qualify. We truly look forward to helping you help others in need!
In 2018, we made charitable donations of $13,502.00. Some of which included $3615 to the West Shore Youth Athletic Assoc., over $3,000 to CURE International, over $2,000 to the Navy Supply Corp., over $2,000 to the Harrisburg Ecumenical Food Pantry, over $500 to the Upper Allen Kiwanis, and over $400 to Messiah College Engineering Collaboratory Project.
In 2017, we made charitable donations of $11,260.00. Some of which included over $3,000 to CURE International, $2,000 to the Harrisburg Ecumenical Food Pantry, $1500 to the Navy Supply Corp., $1450 to the West Shore Youth Athletic Assoc., over $400 to the Upper Allen Kiwanis, and $360 to the Friends of Murray Library at Messiah College.
October is by far the busiest month of the year at the orchard and September is a close second. How do you hire enough people for several crazy weekends when you need half that amount of staff for the rest of the year? It’s a blessing to have people come and visit us…it’s also hard to adequately staff for some of the fall weekends. So…your group can help us by volunteering. Duties may include handing out u-pick bags, returning wagons to the pumpkin patch, greeting guests at the corn maze, helping at the admission shed, washing dishes, helping serve food, changing out trash bags, etc. Volunteer shifts are 4-hour shifts during weekends in September and October. We request a minimum of 16 total hours per organization. Minimum age to volunteer is 18. Volunteers will earn $60 for your organization for each 4-hour block of time. In the event of rain we will not need volunteers, but we appreciate the commitment you have made and we will still make a charitable donation to your organization in the amount of $15 for every assigned shift that is canceled due to rain.
Summer Festival Volunteers:
We hold three annual summer festivals – Strawberry in May, Blueberry in July, and Peach in August. Our summer festivals benefit New Hope Ministries of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Ecumenical Food Pantry, and CURE, International. These wonderful organizations provide tremendous help for these festivals to run smoothly, but each year the festivals grow and we are in need of additional support. Volunteer shifts and donations work the same as above. You help us help them, and in return your group is helped too!
PlayLand Ticket Sales:
Take pre-orders for admission tickets for PlayLand (our fall fun area) which includes corn maze, jumping pillow, pedal karts, cow train, tube slides, duck races, straw bale play, rat rollers, little log houses, hippity hops, apple binazium, playground, rope spider web, corn shed, jumbo checkers, dress the scarecrow, & tether ball. Collect the money for the tickets ($9.99/ticket) and turn in your order form and payment. We will give you a check made out to your organization ($2 for every ticket sold) and admission tickets that are good for the remainder of the current season. We require a commitment to sell at least 50 tickets to receive a check for your organization.
You take advance orders from your friends and family for peaches or apples (1/4 and 1/2 peck are most common size and biggest area of profit for you). We will provide you with the crates of fruit as well as the drawstring bags for you to package the orders. You sell the fruit at retail cost (or even slightly higher to increase your profit – we will provide you with guidance on this) and we sell you the fruit at wholesale cost. Minimum order is 10 crates of fruit. 1 crate = 1 half bushel = 2 pecks = 4 half pecks = 8 quarter pecks. Estimated profit for 10 crates is approximately $250.
Gift Certificate Mailing:
Your members win by getting a $5 gift certificate to use at the orchard and your non-profit wins by getting a donation worth 10% of all the sales from those certificates! We’ll create a letter from you and get your approval on it. Then, after you approve, you provide us with a mailing list of the members and supporters of your organization and we will cover the cost of mailing them a $5 gift certificate and the letter explaining how it all benefits you. The gift certificates do not expire, but we will donate 10% of the sale for every purchase made within 2-weeks of sending out the certificates.