3 Easy Fall Fundraising Ideas for Firefighters


Looking for an easy way to raise more dollars this fall? The following fall fundraising ideas for firefighters are easy to put together and don’t require a lot of prep or investment.

Pumpkin Carving

jack o lanternGrab some pumpkins (or have them donated) and invite the community to come and carve pumpkins for donated prizes. This is fun for all ages, and will bring in donations or entry fees. Sell cider or other beverages and snacks for additional funds.

Secure a location, set up carving stations and determine contest rules. Some ideas: Scariest pumpkin, funniest pumpkin, best all around, pumpkin that most resembles a firefighter.

Chili Cook-Off

potFirefighters are famous for their good, hardy cooking. And the chilly fall temperatures will have the community running to an event where they got to enjoy warm chili.

Have firefighters and other members of the community cook their favorite chili dish and bring it in a crockpot. Offer cups and spoons for tasting, and let participants vote on the best chili. Here are more tips for holding a Firefighter chili cook-off.

Bonfire and S’mores

smoreBuild a campfire or two, and offer the fixings for making s’mores. This event is family-friendly and can be scaled up with music or other activities. You can either charge an admission, or sell s’mores kits that include marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate.

This type of fundraising event is easy to scale up or down, depending on your resources, volunteers and time frame. For example, you could add music, hot food stands, a hayride etc.

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