Host a DIY FUNdraiser!

From individuals, youth, girl or boy scout troops to retirement homes, there are many simple and fun ways to help the animals in our care. DIY (do it yourself) Fundraisers are simple, small fundraisers or wish list drives done by individuals or groups, like youth social clubs or school groups, external to UPAWS and benefit the shelter by donating the proceeds, and/or supply donations.

Here is a list of easy ideas that you can jump in and do on your own.  If you wish to do a more complicated or larger event, will be soliciting businesses, or selling any kind of ticket, please first contact our shelter by email at

Birthday Event: Donate your birthday to UPAWS. Instead of gifts, ask for donations for the animals.
Hold a Supply Drive: Gather supplies from our Wish List. Take a photo and email it to Ann at and we will post it on Facebook (with your permission).
Simple DIY Fundraiser: Host a DIY fundraiser for UPAWS

Hold a DIY bake sale, car wash, lemonade stand, yard sale, percentage of sales from Pampered Chef, Thirty One, Papparazzi, etc. The ideas are endless for an simple DIY fundraiser!

Wedding or Special Occasion Event: Instead of gifts, ask for donations for the animals.

Please note: UPAWS greatly appreciates your support! However, due to multiple requests, UPAWS is not able to promote your DIY fundraiser on our social media channels or our website. We can however recognize your efforts by posting a photo on our Facebook page, if a photo is provided, and if permission is given. Email: ATT: ANN at

Where do I send my donations? Please send any monetary donations you have collected by check, along with your name, address, phone & email along with a description of your DIY fundraiser to:

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, 815 South State Highway M553, Gwinn, MI 49841

For security purposes, please do not send cash in the mail. However, you can drop off cash donations at our shelter.

Or you can make your donation online at this link. Please note in the comment section a description of your DIY fundraiser.

Thank you for helping the animals!