Covid Relief Toolkit

Welcome to Camps with Meaning’s Ring Up the Cash COVID Relief Campaign – thank you for joining us!  You will find a number of resources on this page to help you get started with your own campaign. Please feel free to copy and paste any of this info to share however you’d like.

If at any time you have questions of a technical variety, feel free to contact Darryl Neusteadter Barg at



Use this link to share the intro video:

We’ll start with the logo. We hope to add a few more images as the campaign progresses.

Click on the image to see it at full size and then right-click on it and choose “Save image as…” or “Copy Image”.


About the Campaign

Camps with Meaning has been providing Manitobans with meaningful, activity-filled camping experiences for over 70 years.  Throughout the pandemic however, we’ve been operating at a significantly reduced capacity, resulting in a deficit of over $30,000 in 2020 and projected losses of up to $70,000 in 2021 (depending on when restrictions ease).  The goal of this campaign is to reduce our financial losses by raising $25,000.  Anyone who donates $20 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

Our campaign runs until July 10.  Should we exceed our goal or raise more money than we need, we will designate the remaining funds to capital projects at Camp Assiniboia.

About Camps with Meaning

Camps with Meaning is owned by Mennonite Church Manitoba and operates year-round. Throughout the spring and summer, we provide programs for children, youth and adults with disabilities. In a typical season, we have approximately 650 campers, 90 summer counselors, teen volunteers and leadership staff and 70 volunteers.

From fall through to spring, our camp facilities are available to families, schools, churches, charities, and other community groups.  Over 6,500 guests come to Camp Assiniboia every year to enjoy and experience the natural world around them, spend time with one another, and participate in the many fun and exciting activities that we offer.

Camps with Meaning has been serving Manitobans for 70 years seeking to nurture the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of all campers, volunteers, and guests within a loving and supporting community.


Getting your individual or team campaign started

 Step by Step Overview:

  1. Set a goal. Do you want to raise $2,000? $1,000? $500?  What will be ambitious enough to feel like a stretch but reasonable enough that you can meet it?
  2. If you are going to join the Ring Up the Cash-a-Thon, what is a realistic activity that you and/or your team can do? A walk or bike a-thon? Camp in your back yard a-thon?  For inspiration, check and see what other participants and teams are doing.
  1. Create your page. You’ll see default text and graphics that you can use, but feel free to make it your own and have fun with it! Tell a personal story about why Camps with Meaning matters to you.  Ad a photo of yourself – especially if you have one as a camper!
  1. Craft your plan. Will you use Facebook, Twitter, phone calls or something else? Build a friend list and determine the best way to reach them.  Here are some common ways to promote and raise money for your campaign:
  • If you are part of a team, encourage your teammates to make a donation.
  • Donate yourself!
  • Share your fundraiser with other camp supporters or people you went to camp with
  • Share your campaign on social media and tag some friends. We’ve provided some social media tips below.  Send emails to friends who aren’t on social media
  • Challenge another group (family, co-workers, church group) to start their own campaign and meet or beat your team!
  1. Invite others to join you. Starting a team is easy and can be done as soon as you have created an account.  We wanted to make this easy for you so we’ve drafted an email invitation (in the resource section below) that you can use.


Social Media Tips: 

Plan to make one update per week:

  • Report your campaign’s progress, include videos and pictures when possible. Below are some sample posts that you can use.
  • Camps with Meaning will be making regular updates on our Ring Up the Cash website as well as on Camps with Meaning’s Facebook page and Twitter.  Be sure to “like” us so that you can share these updates.
  • Include the hashtag #ringupthecash on all of your posts!


Sample posts:


Sample Invitation to join your team:

Dear Friends,

I have started a fundraising team for Camps with Meaning’s Ring Up the Cash COVID Relief Campaign and I’m hoping that you will join me.  The team’s goal is to raise [$ insert amount] by July 10th.  Our team will raise this money by [describe activity i.e. biking from Winnipeg to Camp Assiniboia].

Signing up for the team is easy, just:

  1. Create an account and indicate how much you want to raise for the team
  2. Join our team [name of team]
  3. Share your fundraising page on social media.

I will be sending you updates periodically – please feel free to share those as well or create some updates of your own.

When signing up for your personal account, you will be asked to write an appeal for the campaign.  Here is the text that I am using, feel free to copy and paste this.

Welcome to the campaign!

Welcome to my Ring Up the Cash-a-Thon fundraising page for Camps with Meaning’s COVID Relief Fund!  I am a part of [insert name of team], which pledges to [describe the team activity]. If you like to participate, feel free to join our team!

Since the pandemic, Camps with Meaning has been operating at significantly reduced capacities resulting in deficit of over $30,000 in 2020 as well as a projected deficit of up to $70,000 in 2021 (depending on when restrictions ease).  Please help me raise funds on their behalf by making a donation and sharing our campaign with family and friends on social media.  To learn more about Camps with Meaning go to