Football players try new fundraising approach
April 11, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
The rising cost of playing high school football at Mount Si High School has led to a new program called Wildcat Workers for Hire.
Kathy Hyland, just one parent of many who helped organize the effort, said the parent-led work group is not affiliated with the high school or any other group.
“It is independent and run by players and their parents” so the players can help pay the Pay-to-Play fees, which went from $125 two years ago, to $175 last year.
This year’s fees have yet to be announced.
Hyland said the football players “have decided to get back to the good ol’ work ethic of doing odd jobs to raise the money for their football costs to help their families out.”
The players started doing odd jobs in March and plan to continue through June.
Hyland said a lot of the workers have been doing various yard work projects, including removing storm debris, pulling up brush and weeds, and raking leaves and pine needles.
But car washing, pet sitting, spreading bark mulch and mowing are also on the menu.
Hyland said a parent volunteer goes out with the players at each job.
About the only thing the parents won’t let the boys do is work on ladders.
“So, no jobs like cleaning gutters,” she said. “We want to keep our boys safe.”
Raven Rhys, of North Bend, recently hired Wildcat Workers to take care of her “greatly neglected” yard.
“We finally surrendered and decided to delegate a variety of projects,” she said. “It’s so hard to believe how much they did for us … I can look out my window in every direction and my yard is clean, which is saying a lot up here after the number of storms we’ve had.”
Rhys paid $10 per hour for each boy.
“I’m so excited we have a local option to help us out with the variety of tasks that we never seem to get to,” she said. “And our money helps these kids who are working so hard on their goals. It’s just a win-win.”
Anyone hoping to donate to the cause in return for odd jobs should email organizers at WildcatWorkers@hotmail.com or call 445-8173.