Fundraising for PCSC’s annual sponsorship of Rebuilding Together Oakland

At 6:30 Saturday morning (May 5, 2016),  members of the Piedmont Community Service Crew (PCSC) gathered at the vase and drove off to the White Elephant Sale in Oakland, to claim their stall for a fundraiser to benefit Rebuilding Together Oakland (RTO), with whom PCSC runs its biggest project of the year. Over the span of two Saturdays in April, PCSC teams up with RTO to renovate a low income or elderly family’s home in Oakland. This huge project requires mass planning and fundraising throughout the school year. Through all the pouring rain and persistent wind, Colin Dixon, the crew’s VP of Finance, and the event leader for this fundraiser, along with the teen crew members still managed to sell many baked goods and “walking tacos”. Although the rain made the sale even more chaotic and challenging given that this was a first time for the crew to hold this particular event, the PCSC members were able to entice shoppers to purchase yummy brownies, cookies, zucchini bread and muffins baked by the dedicated members the night before. Later, at lunch time, volunteers sold “walking tacos”:  beans or meat with lettuce, cheese and salsa fresca in a Fritos bag, which is very delicious. Members were hard workers and good salespeople as they learned the best way maximize their sales was to have people walk around with trays of food and sell to shoppers inside and in line. Overall, the event was a success and the rain did nothing to damper the mood of the PCSC members.

-Lauren Young

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