Start Here. Start Now. Start a Save the Children Club!
Believe it or not, there are kids right here in the U.S. and all around the world without enough food or clean water to drink. Kids who want to go to school, but can’t – because they need to work. Sadly, there are kids living in war zones. Some who’ve been forced to leave their homes, their schools, their friends and everything they once knew behind and now live as refugees. These are kids just like you who just need someone to care.
It can be hard to know where to start. But even a little can make a big difference in children’s lives – and futures. The ripple of change starts with you!
Save the Children Clubs are student-led groups that meet regularly to create change in the lives of children in need. You’ll raise money… and have a blast while you’re doing it! Plus, you’ll help increase awareness of children’s rights around the world – the right to grow up healthy, learning and safe. Here’s all you need to do to start your own Save the Children Club at your school:
1. Get Started
Find other members – friends and fellow students like you who are passionate about changing lives. Download our club guide here.
2. Get Supported
Who’s your favorite teacher or coach? Get approval from your school and find a faculty advisor. Check with your school administration about your school’s requirements for starting a club.
3. Get Going!
Register your club with Save the Children. It’s easy… there’s a simple online form to complete and then we'll send you a welcome kit to get started.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. Download our monthly club calendar for a list of agency moments, holidays, fundraising ideas and more to help make your club the best it can be!
Way to go! Thanks to your amazing dedication, girls and boys around the world will have a brighter future. You and volunteers like you are making a difference for children around the world, by providing nutritious food, lifesaving medical care, school supplies and so much more.
Why we fundraise
THE BIKE RUNNER
Alan Thompson, 67, is completing a fundraiser riding around the perimeter of the United States. Thompson said, "I've had my fair share of adventure in life, so the main purpose here is to generate funds for Habitat For Humanity and Save the Children. If I can do that, then it will be an effort well intentioned and spent." You are our hero, Alan!
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS FOR KIDS
Best friends Jon Fain and Rick Rowan climbed Time Wave Zero, a 2100 ft. vertical route in Mexico, which entailed 2 hours of hiking, 14 hours of climbing and several hours of rappelling...all for Save the Children. Jon said, "Rick and I aren't professional climbers by any means. We are just two guys who enjoy climbing and wanted to do it for a cause. The idea of this is that you can be a regular person and make a run at something difficult in order to do some good."
SWIM TEAMS DIVE IN TO HELP NEPAL
Within one month of the deadly 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the Staples High School Varsity Swim Team and The Westport Water Rats dove in to help. By creating the "Swim for Nepal," a five-hour swim event, they were able to raise over $43,000 to benefit Save the Children’s relief efforts there. More than 175 swimmers, ranging in age from 6 to 18, took part. The "Swim for Nepal" remains one of the most successful school fundraisers in our history.
BABY NOAH DONATES HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY
"It was my husband Mark’s idea to have our friends and family donate to Save the Children for our son Noah’s first birthday. He thought of it after we ran in the Disney charity races and learned about the wonderful things Save the Children does," says Celeste Kanpurwala. "We were thrilled that we raised over $1,600 from our generous friends and family! We had 125 people at Noah’s big birthday bash held at our local elementary school."
A SPECIAL GIFT FOR HER SPECIAL DAY
As Julia prepared for her bat Mitzvah, her synagogue also required a "mitzvah project” from everyone undertaking this traditional rite of passage. "We had to do something to help others on a large scale," Julia explains. “I decided I wanted to raise money for a charity, and I chose Save the Children because I’m 13 and thought it would be very special to help other kids. "I think this is an especially important cause because kids don’t have the same access to resources and help that adults do," she said.
BIKING 4,000 Miles FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES
"There’s just this incredible, incredible need out there, specifically for the children, to relieve some of their emotional suffering, but also in physical terms of getting basic needs met," Matt says. “And that means shelter and food." To help us meet those needs, he’s biking the Trans-America Trail, beginning in Virginia and traveling west to Oregon with a goal of raising $10,000. It will take him more than 4,000 miles from coast to coast. His goal? To raise money and awareness for Syrian refugees through Save the Children.
Twelve-year-old Riley writes: "Last spring, I read the young readers edition of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and Under the Persimmon Tree in school. Both of these books inspired me to help the children in war-torn areas, especially in the Middle East. "I have never been one to sit around, so I went straight to my local church and set up a bake and craft sale. I held a fundraiser for your organization and managed to raise over $500 for the children!"