Mulch weekend is our largest fundraiser, netting an estimated $45,000 and requires all hands-on-deck to deliver more than 18,000 bags of mulch in one weekend. We need at least one parent per family for an entire day to cover all the required volunteer slots. The students are expected to work on both days of the weekend and each will deliver approximately 225 bags of mulch (an entire truck’s worth). Any student’s absence shifts a significant additional burden onto the other students.
We are giving members more flexibility by allowing you to pay between zero and 69 percent of your dues (for option 1) via fundraising. Last year, dues for option 1 were essentially $1,950, of which $1,200 had to be paid and $750 fundraised through the ergathon, and tree and mulch sales. This year, you can do exactly the same as last year: Pay $1,200 and fundraise $300 during winter fundraising and $450 during mulch. Or you can bring down the amount that you have to pay in dues to as little as $600 by achieving up to $900 in winter fundraising profits and $450 in mulch sales profits. Just like last year, if you really hate selling trees and mulch and securing ergathon pledges, you can pay the $1,950 with no fundraising. All team members are still required to participate in the Ergathon, the tree pick-up day and Mulch weekend. Just like last year, however, sales are not, mandatory.