Anyone responsible for maintaining a hardwood athletic floor has heard of it or experienced it: water damage. Whether it’s from a leak in the roof, fire sprinklers that went off, rainwater or snow from an open exterior door, a burst pipe, or something worse, no one wants to see water damage. While water damage isn’t likely to happen to most floors, it does happen and it’s important to be prepared for it in order to minimize the damage.
There are three basic steps to follow.
Control the source of the water (close the exterior door, seal off the burst pipe, shut off the fire sprinklers, etc.)
Remove as much surface water as possible from the floor (use towels to mop up as much excess water as possible)
Call a local hardwood flooring contractor to assess the floor and assist
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Most of the time damage is done because no one noticed the problem soon enough or didn’t know what to do when they did notice the damage. Once the water reaches the sub-floor, the floor has a significantly smaller chance of being rescued. This is where finish comes into play. If a floor has several coats of finish on it, it has a higher chance of survival because the water can’t seep in as easily. The type of floor system also affects the amount of damage. For example, typical floating systems recover better than nailed-in systems because floating systems hold better to the sub-floor, where as once a nailed-in floor starts to come up, it loses it’s attachment to the sub-floor.
So you’ve got water damage and you’ve followed the three above steps. What happens now? The floor may be able to be dehumidified. If the floor is able to be dehumidified, it may simply need to be sanded down and refinished. If the floor isn’t able to be dehumidified, it may need to be replaced. The most important factor when dealing with a water damaged floor is time. It needs to be addressed ASAP and can take time to dry out and return to normal.
While fundraising for a new hardwood athletic floor, make sure to consider all your options. Many organizations and foundations offer grants that you may be eligible for. Keep in mind that the grant writing and selection process can be very detailed and lengthy, so make sure to plan ahead and do your research!
See if your community or local communities have available grants. Look for ones that fund renovation or capital projects with an interest in fitness or athletics, or educational facilities in particular if that’s you. Ask around in your community to see if there are Small Recreation Community Grants.
Check your state for any grants offered. The Grantsmanship Center is a great resource with a database that lists foundations by state, including the level of funding offered. This service is free, so take advantage of it! Simply click on your state and explore the possibilities.
Also consider applying for the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, which is a nationwide grant program which focuses on community-building and facility-enhancing projects. The grant is only for public schools or public parents associations, so if you’re looking for a new gymnasium floor for your school, check it out.
When deciding upon a product sale fundraiser (such as selling frozen-pizza-making-kits or selling scented candles), focus on the following four characteristics:
Make sure you select a good product for your community or area. If you’re selling to a family community with small children, maybe open-flame candles aren’t the best product. Maybe a pizza-making-kit would be a better choice, as it could be a family activity and relive the stress parents may feel over planning dinner.
It’s easier to get someone to support a cause when they know the brand name. Using a brand name product may also assure your organization that you are following an established fundraising plan set up by the company.
It’s much easier to sell a quality product than a poor quality product. Remember your goal is to make a profit, but the supporter’s goal is to get something they actually want and will use.
Make sure whatever product you decide upon is sold by a company that has excellent customer service, with a step-by-step guide to their fundraising process
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Another large scale event that could boost fundraising efforts for your new hardwood athletic floor is a walk-a-thon.
Consider having students sign up to walk a certain distance or for a certain period of time and find a sponsor (or two or three!) who will pay a small amount of money for every half-mile or half hour that the student walks. Consider holding the event on your current athletic floor to increase motivation for the new one. This is also a great opportunity for the youth to participate in the fundraising efforts so they can have a sense of pride for the new floor.
You could also consider inviting community members to sign up to walk. They can sponsor themselves or find another sponsor. This will help get the community further involved and help them feel as if they are included.
To make the event a bit more fun, consider having breaks during the walk for dancing or fun little games, such as a corn-hole toss or ladder ball. Consider offering small prizes for these fun game breaks, such as each win will earn you a ticket. You could have these tickets represent several things.
A prize table
You could have a booth or table set up with dollar-store prizes as well as a few “big ticket” items. Set a ticket cost to each item, such as five tickets for a stuffed animal, etc. Have participants choose their prizes based on their wins!
A concession stand
Also consider having a concession stand to further raise funds for your organization. If people are walking, they’re likely to get thirsty or want a snack. You could have each ticket represent a dollar or $.50 toward an item.
You could hold a raffle at the end of the walk-a-thon with the tickets (have each winner put their name and contact information on their tickets). The winner could receive a cash prize, an athletic clothing item with the school’s name or logo, or a designated seat or bench in the stands when the new athletic floor is built.
Check out this great article, Almost game time for Island Storm, published by the Journal Pioneer. It talks about the new hardwood athletic floor purchased from Horner Flooring. The floor will be used at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, Canada for the National Basketball League of Canada home opener this Saturday.
The Horner floor system was chosen partially for the “ease to install and remove it”. The floor will be put in less than 21 hours after a hockey game, in the same arena. It’s this type of versatility that makes Horner Flooring an industry leader.
Photo courtesy of Eastlink Centre Charlottetown
When the coach of the Island Storm, Joe Salerno, saw the floor he said, “I think it will be one of the nicest floors in the league. It is an NBA-calibre floor”. Comments like these really inspire Horner Flooring to continue to offer quality athletic floors and allow us to take a special pride in our work.
Quantity does not always beat quality, and that’s true with fundraising too. Sure, every little bit helps, but keep in mind that quality can work better than quantity when it comes to fundraising. A group of small fundraising efforts can be very effective, but some studies have shown that more money can actually be raised through fewer events that are larger in scale.
So why do fewer, larger events work better?
Supporters who are expected to participate in less fundraisers are likely willing to spend more for a large fundraiser, as opposed to less for multiples fundraisers. It may also be easier on your organization to simply plan a few big events rather than to plan several smaller ones.
If your organization does decide to do a larger fundraising effort or project, make sure it is well organized. Perhaps make a committee of people committed to the project. You could even boost your fundraising efforts by featuring product sales, such as food, at the large scale fundraising events. An example of a large-scale fundraising event is a basketball or volleyball tournament with a concession stand and ticketed entry. Keep an eye out for our next post about the tournament fundraiser!