Craftathon

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s a Craftathon?

Craftathon is LGBT Youth Line’s annual fundraiser where friends and supporters of Youth Line come together for an afternoon to make crafts, learn new crafts, spend time together, and have fun.

 

2018 is our 3rd Annual Craftathon and this year, we are hoping to raise $20,000 for Youth Line and the important work that we do to support 2SLGBTQ youth across the province.

 

What’s so good about crafting?

Crafting is an important community endeavor! Although crafting can be done alone, it’s more fun with groups of people. When you craft or begin a new hobby, you join a community of people with similar interests. We decided to focus our annual fundraiser on crafting because it’s a fun, low-key way to spend an afternoon, meet new people, and learn new things!

 

Why Should I Support Craftathon?

The Craftathon is a family-friendly event with activities for people of all ages and varying degrees of crafting skills. We are hosting the event at Sketch Working Arts, which is one of the most trusted organizations in Toronto for creating safe spaces for marginalized youth using arts-based programming. Many of our crafting activities will be facilitated to help attendees learn new crafts.

 

Our priority is to make sure everyone that attends has a great time, goes home with new skills, creates something with their own hands, and feels great about knowing that they helped the Youth Line in their mission to support 2SLGBTQ youth across Ontario.

 

What can I make at Craftathon?

Last year, we had a table for paper crafts, knitting, button-making, zine-making, cross-stitching, and even a create your own food craft!. There will be Crafting Leads on-hand to teach you to how make crafts, help you craft, or give you words of encouragement. Expect to use different kinds of paper, beads, fabrics, washi tapes, stamps, magazines, stickers, and more!

 

How do I participate in Craftathon?

To participate, sign up at  bit.ly/YLcrafts.  You can sign up as an individual, you can create your own team, or you can join a team!

 

What is a team?

A team is a group of 4 or more people who are fundraising together. Each team member must raise a minimum of $100 to attend.

 

How do I create a team?

Go to bit.ly/YLcrafts. Click on ‘create a team’. Invite friends to join your team and start fundraising! On your fundraising page, share a personal story about why Youth Line is important to you and share photographs if possible.

 

How do I recruit people for my team?

You can ask your friends or family to craft with you! Ask your softball team or co-workers – it’s a great team-building activity!

 

How do I sign up as an individual?

Go to bit.ly/YLcrafts. Click on ‘join as an individual’. On your fundraising page, share a personal story about why Youth Line is important to you and share photographs if possible. Share your page with your friends, family, and on social media and start fundraising!

 

I want to join my friend’s team. How do I do that?

Go to bit.ly/YLcrafts. Search for a team or find it on the bottom of the page. Go to the team’s page and click on ‘Join Team’. You will be asked to make your own page in case someone wants to donate specifically to you.

 

I’m having trouble signing up. Can you help me?

Of course!  Check out our how-to videos on how to sign up (coming soon). In the meantime, send us an email at craftathon@youthline.ca.

 

What happens once I sign up to participate? Are there resources that can help me out?

We know that signing up to raise money can be a scary thing. Once you’ve signed up as a participant, you will receive a welcome email from our Craftathon team. We’ve also created a Crafter Support Package & an infographic with tips on how to fundraise for Craftathon! 

 

Is there a minimum amount that I have to raise to participate?

Yes, we are asking all folks to raise at least a $100 per person.

 

What’s a Master Crafter?

A Master Crafter is someone who raises over $300 in support of Youth Line.  All Master Crafters get a swag bag full of crafting goodies to take home with them on the day of Craftathon.

 

I don’t think I can participate but I really want to support Craftathon. How can I donate?

You can donate to a specific team or to individual members. Once on the team or individual page, click ‘donate’ and follow the prompts. Donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt through Canada Helps. You can decide if you would like to donate publicly or anonymously.

 

 

I want to share my Craftathon experience on social media. Are there specific hashtags I should use?

Before, during, and after Craftathon, please share your pics, stories, and experiences on social media using  #craftathon #YLcrafts #craft4YL.

 

Please also make sure to tag LGBT Youth Line on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @lgbtyouthline.

 

 

Thanks for supporting LGBT Youth Line!