It seems that I have to keep getting up earlier and earlier to get my work done, so I look forward to daylight savings time and the setting back of the clocks in the fall. Even so it is difficult to find the time to handle all the work I face each day. I am not complaining; it is all work I thoroughly enjoy (well maybe not cleaning cages so much) but everything else is a labor of love. Right now I am frantically trying to get enough work done for two craft shows and finding little time for other tasks. November is a very full month anyway, with the beginning of our annual fund drive for the rescue. The amount of money we raise between now and the end of the year gives me some idea of how many birds I will be able to take in and care for. It costs around $75 per day to run the shelter. The shelter is staffed only with volunteers, so this is just what it costs to keep going. This year I am hoping to raise $10,000 before the end of the year for Parrot Rescue Services. It is a pretty lofty goal for my small rescue, but I think we can do it.
Our annual fundraising drive kicks off on November 14th with Give to the Max Day. This year we have a matching grant of $2000.00. This means that once we raise $2,000, it becomes $4,000. By contributing on November 14th, you will not only help out with the matching grant, but help us become eligible for other grant money provided by GiveMN that is given away lottery style randomly every hour.
I am also attending two craft fairs in November, where I’ll be selling my soap, gourmet food items, and small pieces of original art. The fairs are the weekend of November 23rd and 24th. On November 23rd I’ll be at the Shoreview Y at their first ever product fair. I have no idea what to expect with that one, but hopefully there will be a variety of products and crafts for the shoppers. On November 24th I’ll be at the White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church right up the road from my store at their annual art, book and music sale. It only runs from 8 am to 12 noon so make sure you get there early. If you like handmade items there will be plenty to buy as well as offerings from local musicians and writers. Everything I sell at both events will be going to Parrot Rescue Services.
Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday. This is an annual event promoted by American Express which encourages people to support local small business. I am participating this year, and will have numerous gift baskets for sale donated by one of my very talented and generous friends. I will also have some food items and small pieces of art for sale. It is a great way to get some unique holiday shopping done and avoid the crowded malls, and of course all proceeds benefit the rescue.
I will also be selling items on eBay; I had wanted to start auctioning them off in October, but couldn’t quite find the time to get things posted….my apologies to those of you who went searching for things! I’ve had to reschedule it for November 27th and I promise the items will be posted by then.
Baby, from Linder’s, has recently joined the birds at Parrot Rescue Services. I am proud that out of all the possible homes the family could have chosen, they chose my nonprofit rescue. With your support, I can keep helping birds in need of shelter.