February 1, 2023

Recruit Your Shower Strike Dream Team

Fundraising is always more fun when you have a team by your side to encourage each other, share ideas, and engage in some friendly competition. Plus, Strikers on teams raise more funds than individuals do, on average. This means the more people you recruit, the more likely you are to have a successful campaign, and you’ll make an even greater impact.

Why Fundraising with Others is Always Better

1. Commitment
By committing to fundraise along with the rest of their team, you have a group of people you can count on to keep each other accountable. In other words, if you try to go it alone, it can be easy to just forget about it or feel disheartened. But, if you are part of a team, it will help keep you inspired and engaged, knowing that your team is relying on you to help reach its goal.

2. Knowledge Share
Team members can share knowledge and tips to help the group succeed as a whole. People who are more experienced with fundraising can help the newbies and team members can offer encouragement to each other. It’s also more fun if you can share your experience – maybe skipping showers is getting hard for you, and you want to hear what your teammates are doing to stay clean. Or, you may have some learnings from walking for water you want to share. Even simply celebrating your progress as you go! With a team, you get to build camaraderie and discuss the difference you are making in the world.

3. Personal Leadership, Camaraderie, and Support
Part of what makes peer-to-peer fundraising an even more rewarding experience than simply donating to a good cause is the feeling that you are part of a community, working with like-minded people to do more than you could do alone. Fundraising as a team helps foster friendly competition and group morale in order to raise money for clean water. Plus, serving as a captain of a fundraising team is a great leadership opportunity. As a captain, you not only raise money but also volunteer to guide and rally your team.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

Tips for Recruiting your Dream Team

JUST ASK! After you create your team fundraising page, ask your network to join you. You can start by emailing, texting, or calling the people you think might be interested. Share with them why you’re participating, what you’re hoping to accomplish, and give them details about the impact they’ll make. You can share Well Aware project stories, blogs, water crisis facts, our impact report, and anything else you think will get them excited to join you. Then, make sure to follow up to get them officially committed and signed up! You can also post to social media asking your audience to join.

  • But WHO should I recruit for my team?
    Think about the people in your circles! You could invite your coworkers, family, friends, or all of the above! We have many teams participate as a company and we also have many teams participate as a school. Whoever you recruit, this will be a great time for camaraderie and friendly competition. When groups of people come together locally to change lives globally, the impact truly transforms futures for so many.
  • Use Our Recruitment Templates:
    • Text: Hiya! I’ve joined Well Aware’s Shower Strike this year to help raise funds for clean water and I’d love for you to join my team! You can decide how you want to participate, and the main point is to raise funds & awareness for this amazing cause! Learn more & join my team at [insert team page link] 💧
    • Email:
      Subject: I’m raising funds for clean water! Will you join me?
      Hi {Friend’s Name}, I’ve joined Well Aware’s annual Shower Strike campaign! This is the week every year that advocates from around the world unite to Skip Showers, Walk for Water, Fundraise, and raise awareness for Well Aware’s clean water projects in East Africa. I’m so excited for my role in this campaign to raise money for Well Aware’s life-changing projects in East Africa that will provide clean water for decades to those in need. Will you consider joining my team? I’m hoping to recruit some more people so we can make a bigger impact together. Shower Strike is all about bringing awareness to clean water access, so you can still participate and shower, or do a Water Walk! While Shower Strike is quirky and fun, something to keep in mind is every $15 raised provides clean water to one person for decades. That $15 can mean the difference in one young girl finishing school, or an entire family being able to stay healthy with clean water. Either way, you’re making an impact. I hope you’ll join me and please let me know if you have any questions. You can learn more about Well Aware HERE and sign up for my team here: [insert team page link] Sincerely, {Your Name}
    • Social Media: I’m choosing to be smelly for a week so communities in East Africa will be able to have access to clean water! I’ve joined #ShowerStrike to raise money for the installment of more sustainable water systems. Please help make a difference and join me in raising funds for clean water! Join my team here: [insert team page link]

THANK YOUR RECRUITS. As people join your team, send them a quick email/ text thanking them for joining and helping the cause. Let them know how excited you are to make a clean water impact with them.

COME UP WITH A GOAL. All team pages have a default goal of $5,000 but this is editable. When you’ve got most of your team members signed up, come up with a reasonable team fundraising goal. You can do this on your own or after getting feedback from team members. Remember. it’s way easier to reach your goal when there is a group of people working together toward the same goal!

KEEP COMMUNICATING. After sending a group thank you for signing up, send periodic updates about the team’s progress and encourage people to share ideas about what’s working best. Maybe even start a group text to stay in touch! If you all live in the same city, you could even host meetups to kick off the campaign, get active (you could walk for water together, or create a team video), and encourage each other to help reach your goals!

BE YOUR TEAM’S #1 FAN. be supportive and send along words of encouragement to team members as you work together towards the goal. Celebrate each milestone, donation, and achievement. That’s what it’s all about! You and your team are here to have fun, change lives, and feel rewarded in the process. You’ll feel amazing as you start to gain some traction, plus you’ll know you’re providing clean water for every effort you make!

  • PRO TIP: Find a sponsor for your team to match the donations you raise to double your impact! This could be your company, a local business, or a friend. It never hurts to ask, and people love being part of a match!

Team Logistics

Watch our How to Join a Team video below.

Watch our How to Personalize your Team Page video below.

We’re so honored by your dedication to our clean water mission, and we can’t wait to see what you and your team will accomplish! Need help brainstorming or want support? Email us!


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