Many TASB Volunteers ask, how does this work? Just create autism awareness with your colleagues from across the states and have fun! Keep it simple or jazz it up. Below are a few suggestions of what TASB Volunteers have done for their Cut-a-thon from the past 5 years. Pick out what works for you and if you come up with something cool please share.
1. How TASB Volunteers choose whom to “Give a Haircut for Autism”.
• I set the TASB items out in a basket on my station for my clients to give a $5 donation along with a few raffle items starting the first week in August. On Saturday I go to my friends salon and give haircuts for my family they give a donation. We sell raffle tickets ($1 for one ticket or $10 for 20 tickets).
• When I receive my packet, I will hang up my banner so people will see it from outside and set out my TASB items so clients know I am creating autism awareness. I give everyone who makes a donation a TASB item. A person walking by who saw the banner gave me a donation of $100.
• I recognize my clients who have helped me in special ways, who have had a hard time throughout the year, and I ask clients to tell their friends who are in need if they would like hair cuts. Throughout the week of the Cut-a-thon I book these clients for my last appointment ending Saturday. They will receive 50% off their $20 haircut and $10 will go to the cause. I feel good to have given my time and talent to the cause.
• I give the earnings from my first Hair cut I do on Saturday to our TASB Cut-a-Thon.
• I tell all my clients who are booked for Saturday that 50% of their proceeds on their full price hair service tickets go to our TASB Cut-a-thon.
• We have our customer appreciation day during our TASB Cut-a-Thon on Saturday, 9-2. Our clients receive a 50% discount at that time. We announce the event at the end of July. Some of our stylists pre-book, others who are building a clientele take new and walk-in clients on a first come first serve basis.
• We stay open on Saturday for an extra 3 hours. (Theme, Happy Hour) Because we have such a large clientele, we have a drawing and pre-book for these hours.We give 50% of the proceeds to Autism/TASB. Afterwards we raise more autism awareness by celebrating, going out and getting donations with the items from our care packets.
• During the month of August, we tell our clients we are donating a dollar of our tip money to the cause. Clients tend to give more money to the cause when we explain what we are doing.
2. TASB Volunteer “Festivities”
• Throughout the month of August we pass out fliers, display silent auction/raffle items and let our clients know we are giving 50% off haircuts on the last Sunday of the month between 1-6. We ask our neighboring businesses in our shopping center, our sales representatives and clients for donations. We use items from hair shows, products from our shelves, several lottery tickets and TASB items to make baskets. We invite colleagues from other salons/shops to join us. Music, food and games are offered.
• Karaoke, Bands and DJ, dancing throughout the event.
Venders come to support the cause, volunteer’s grill. Food donations; grocery stores/restaurants (Schnucks, Panera Bread) donate bakery food.
• Trivia, let’s make a deal, tug a war, relay races, winners receive a TASB or donated item. Bounce house, face painting, crafts. We post our goal for the year, every $100 that is raised we ring a bell and cheer till we reach our goal!
• We recognize our honorary guest who is on the autism spectrum each year. We light a candle on a cupcake and everyone shares uplifting wishes
• We have a 24-hour Cut-a-Thon, 6:00, pm Saturday- 6:00 pm Sunday, volunteers swap the shift at midnight. Lot’s of food for everyone and we have guests come who speaks on the Autism spectrum. We pre-book clients and take walk-ins. 50% off cuts are given.