Goodsearch dot com is a way to spread the fundraising outside your community and it doesn't cost a thing. I work for a nonprofit and we use it, it has raised quite a bit of money for us. My church had an auction of baked goods, homemade quilts, 'dates' with the pastor and his wife, and it was all in fun. People were paying 90 dollars for a box of cookies and passing it around. This is a small community too, but people can be generous. Car washes, pancake breakfast, spaghetti dinner, poker night where all winnings go to the fund, materials tree where you post different items needed for the repair and people can buy one or two things, fireworks potluck dinner asking for donations for the fireworks from walmart or wherever (more people will come if there will be entertainment). Larger churches, even from a distance, will help sometimes if a carefully worded letter and phone calls are made. There are alot of grants out there, and while funds can be hard to come by, they can be found. Maybe a phone drive asking people not to give money but to make phone calls to different organizations, companies, even state and federal government sometimes has money for religious organizations that do community services. Donating your time can be more helpful than money!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06, solving the mystery of years of on/off abdominal pain. No more "it's just a virus". 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, vicodin as needed, omeprazole, fish oil, sublingual B12, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Doc says no active disease, but flare-ups anyway. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.