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My money issues have apparently gotten to the point where if I want to spend ANY money going forward, I have to raise my own money. While I find this completely ridiculous (do CNAs have to raise money for wipes, gloves, etc to do their job? Why do I have to raise money to do MY job?), I have taken the mindset of, well, if they want me to raise money, I'll show them. I'd hate for it to become the norm, however.

 

I have no start up capital. I also don't necessarily want residents to know that I have to raise money for their activities. I have churches who like to come and play Bingo and will put up 10 dollars each time to do that, but that's not enough for day to day expenses. I cannot personally afford to put up any money at this time.

 

Besides going out and asking for a handout for something my facility SHOULD be paying for, what else can I do to raise money and still run my department day to day?

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I wouldn't do it. You know it will become the norm. I would do the best I could with what I have. Years ago that's how activities were funded. You must have an old school administrator.

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Monthly bake sales, cooking club incorporated into activity program. Many of my staff & nurses donate baked goods. Sales run from 10-12 depending on amount of food. Generally count on a $100-$200. Breakfast sandwiches are a big hit with res & staff. I have breakfast club with res & sell sandwiches to staff. Kitchen provides food items as requested. Eggs, english muffins, cheese I purchase croissants on occasion. We have done a Bingo fundraiser, sell cards for $1. and call 3-5 numbers daily until we have a winner. Prize is generally a donated gift basket, scratch tickets or DD gift card. I have items donated from Home Depot, woodworking kits, birdhouses in spring, & some are sold in lobby. Residents enjoy making chocolate pops for valentines day or Easter any holiday & they are also sold at front desk with receptionist. I have a minimal budget and am always looking for ways to suppliment. We do monthly newsletter and ask for donations of craft items, calendars, pictures, old games etc. anything that we may want that someone else may have. And of course at tiems if I really need something I go but it. Not how it should be ut that's reality. Occasionally I get reimbursed after several months.

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