I live in Floyd, a small one-stoplight town in rural Appalachian Virginia!
I have witnessed the local theater programs change the lives of many of the youth of Floyd County! The theater is where these kids come out of their shell! They learn empathy, public speaking, and teamwork. They forge lifelong friendships and become a theater family!
But, alas, we do not come from a community that it rolling in money, so fundraising happens, but is not as fruitful as it may be in other counties. And often those funds get allocated to good things, but I would love to have a fund specifically allocated for the theatre department's use! Equipment is old, sound systems are ancient, broken things don't have the funding to be fixed, and set pieces have been painted over and re-used so many times they have "texture".
Nevertheless, the theater program persists! And no child is ever turned away. The June Bug Center operates on grants and donations and the sliding scale means every child can participate! They put on amazing productions and the kids learn so much! I wish you knew these kids like I know these kids, they are going to do great things! But it would be nice to not have to do every production with outdated equipment and a shoe-string budget. So I am hoping to gather donations through my site that will be used to fix broken items, purchase necessary tech, and equip each production with a few things that will take their performance to the next level! Some of these items will be for the dedicated use of the June Bug Center for Arts and Education (https://www.junebugcenter.com/), but most items will also serve the high school theater program as well (which is desperately under-funded)!
A $3 donation does not sound like much, but you would be amazed how it adds up! I promise I will make sure every dollar goes to good use! My role as a music retailer also allows me to purchase necessary items at dealer cost! So every dollar will be used to maximum benefit!
If you can donate more, feel free to add more than one donation to your cart! I will never turn down extra money for these kids! They deserve it!
Total Earned Since October 2022: $0
Below: Me working with the after-school musical theatre program! I am assistant directing them in Guys & Dolls, Jr!
Retired Mim's Ukes Fundraising Campaign
When you check out, there is an opportunity to make a $3 donation towards Rescue Animals. This is something I started August 28, 2020. All money goes only to Hulks Helping Hands Rescue! They are a non-profit rescue that takes on a lot of high-needs animals that are often never given a chance. This leads to medical bills that need to be paid and special supplies that need to be purchased! Every bit of your donation goes to give a lot of amazing animals a second chance. I personally am a foster and have found homes for over 300 puppies, dogs, kittens, donkeys, pigs, birds, etc.! I assure you, these funds do not go to me, but only to the rescue. I donate the time and food for all my fosters. If you are ever looking to rescue a forever friend, please check out HulksHelpingHandsRescue.com
Total from August 28, 2020 - October 19, 2022: $3291