How cool is this; instead of asking people to donate their money, an organization has set up a way for people to donate their time. I love it!
Timeraiser, is the innovative organization that inspires 20 and 30-somethings to get more involved in their communities. Now in its third year, the Vancouver Timeraiser has had an amazing impact on local artists while generating more than 10,000 volunteer hours in our communities. This year’s Timeraiser will be held on Thursday, September 23rd at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. To get your ticket, visit www.timeraiser.ca
So what is Timeraiser and how does it “raise time while supporting local artists” you may be asking. Well, Timeraiser is a charity art auction where rather than bidding money for the art you fall in love with, participants bid volunteer hours to their choice of a couple organizations from the 25 non-profits that are in attendance. This way at the end of the night the numbers on your Visa card are not scorched and you can bid like the billionaire you have always dreamed of being. You high-roller you!
The cool thing is that the artists who produce the artworks that are being auctioned are fairly compensated for the work they do by corporations who sponsor the event.
I found this next point really interesting; did you know that the number one reason given by 20 and 30-somethings for not volunteering? They said that nobody asks them to volunteer and they do not know where to find meaningful opportunities. Timeraiser makes it simple for these 20 and 30-somethings to find unique and meaningful opportunities that fit into their busy lifestyles.
The Timeraiser is part volunteer fair, part silent auction and part night on the town. At the end of the evening’s auction the number of hours raised is announced and then all attendees spend the rest of the evening celebrating their contribution to the community.
An exciting twist on this year’s Vancouver Timeraiser is a contest presented by WestJet where people are being encouraged to tweet about the Timeraiser. Their tweeting enters them into a contest sponsored by WestJet.
To make your winning entry: First come to the 2010 Vancouver Timeraiser. Second, inspire us (the Timeraiser folks) with a 140 characters posting. Third, remember that your posting must include the hash tag #Timeraiser or #TRWJ and your name or Twitter user name. To choose a winner, all inspiring posts will be entered into a random draw. The draw will contain a maximum of one post per person. The winning post will be announced when the total hours pledged are unveiled at the event and will also be announced on Twitter and Facebook.
So will we see you at the Vancouver Timeraiser this Thursday, September 23rd? Get your tickets online at www.timeraiser.ca and get set to bid like the billionaire you dream of being!