Shower Strike Support

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Help To Empower and Change Lives

We are here to help you make a huge impact in the world through your Shower Strike fundraiser. Use this support page for our FAQ, sample social media posts, emails, and thank you's. This information will help you raise money quickly and get in the shower even quicker!

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WARNING: Participating in Well Aware’s Shower Strike may result in feelings of goodwill and accomplishment. Please use extreme caution in declining the opportunity to Shower Strike.


What is a Shower Strike?
Shower Strike is a week-long fundraiser where participants skip showers in order to raise money for life-saving water systems in East Africa.
Why Participate?
We can help tens of thousands of people have clean drinking water for decades to come! Well Aware has a team of professionals and volunteers who are changing and saving lives in East Africa by installing sustainable water wells, pipelines and rainwater collection systems. While we are good at what we do, we need YOUR help to save lives by bringing clean water to those in need.
Who takes part in this?
We recruit individuals and teams from all walks of life! We’ve had marketing firms, interior designers, elementary schools, nonprofit organizations, football teams, doctors, lawyers, rotary clubs, teachers... you get the idea. Anyone who wishes to participate in Shower Strike, or simply just donate to the cause, is welcome!
Skipping showers isn't really my thing. How can I still be a part of this?
We have glorious alternatives! 1) Fundraise without skipping showers. You could shorten your showers, reduce your water usage, or whatever works for you. So long as you're helping spread the word and having fun, we don't care how you fundraise! 2) Be a sponsor. We get a ton of website traffic during the strike, so this is an incredible opportunity for some meaningful advertising. 3) Donate! No contribution is too small and we are always grateful for those that are willing to give back.
How does skipping showers raise money?
Skipping showers is simply a way to raise awareness about the need for clean water in East Africa. Through Shower Strike, we’ve raised over $1.5 million over the last 11 years and aim to raise $500,000 this year. That’s a lot of clean water that can make a huge difference!
How do I get people to give me donations for not showering?
By telling people that you are skipping showers for a week, you'll have the opportunity to explain why water is so important! All you need to do is tell people what you’re doing (via social media, email, telephone, carrier pigeon, etc.) and invite them to contribute. More tools available on how to do this below!
Can I accept donations through Venmo?
Yes, but it will have to be through your personal account. At this time, Venmo does not have the ability for nonprofit organizations to have their own accounts. You can accept the donations through your account and make an online lump sum donation to Well Aware, or mail a check to: 3571 Far West Blvd PMB 229 Austin, TX 78731.
Can I start a Facebook fundraiser?
Yes! We are beyond excited to announce that you can create a Facebook fundraiser right from our platform. Please follow our how-to guide on setting up both your Shower Strike fundraiser and your Facebook fundraiser. No more going back and forth between Facebook and OneCause-- every donation on Facebook will be reflected in your total on this website, and vice versa.
Can I accept international donations?
Yes! We can absolutely accept international donations, but they will be converted to USD on our platform.
Is it difficult to ask people for contributions?
Nope. Our Strikers consistently tell us that they are surprised by how easy it is. Here’s why: We make everything digital and simple. You’ll have your own Shower Strike page and everything can be done online. Many people want to help others have clean water, and you just became the way that they can. Go you!
What’s in it for me?
By participating in Shower Strike, you'll know that what you are doing is changing the lives of individuals in East Africa. The money that you raise will provide entire communities with access to clean water, which in turn will decrease infant mortality rates, help girls obtain an education, and overall help people thrive. You will also get your name on a water well in Kenya if you’re the top fundraising individual or team. Other goodies during Shower Strike week include prizes for Strikers, special celebrity Shower Strikers, and more!
This is amazing, how can I go on Shower Strike with Well Aware?
1) Create a fundraising page in five minutes at, 2) Read below for easy steps on posting about your strike to get donations, 3) Shower when your goal is met, and 4) Rinse and repeat next year!
What To Do About Checks and Cash
If someone wishes to donate with cash or checks, report those donations and we'll add them in your donation total on your page. To report these donations, send an email to with the following information: Donor name (email and address if possible) and donation amount (specify cash or check).

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Template #1: Returning Strikers

It’s that time of year again! I’m participating in Well Aware’s annual Shower Strike to raise funds for clean water projects in East Africa. I’m committing to not showering until I’ve reached my goal of $___! So, if you see me on a regular basis, or care about the noses of people who do, please consider donating to my campaign {insert personal campaign page link, or link to FB fundraiser}.

Template #2: New Strikers

I’m participating in a fundraiser hosted by the Austin-based nonprofit, Well Aware, SHOWER STRIKE. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. People from all over the world, including myself, have committed to not taking a shower until we’ve reached our fundraising goals. So, if you see me on a regular basis, or care about the noses of people who do, please consider donating to my campaign {insert personal campaign page link, or link to FB fundraiser}!

Template #3: Women and Water

When a rural community does not have ready access to water nearby, the task usually falls to women and girls who walk up to 3.7 miles each day to collect water for their families. When Well Aware implements clean water systems, young girls can continue their education and women can participate in more community activities. {insert personal campaign page link, or link to FB fundraiser}.

Template #4: A $75 donation

A $75 donation will help 5 people gain access to clean water for decades to come. When a community gains access to clean water, everything changes. Schools and clinics can be built and maintained, graduation rates increase and disease rates drastically fall. Help this transformation today with a donation of any amount. {insert personal campaign page link, or link to FB fundraiser}.

Template #5: Fight Climate Change

1 in 3 people globally do not have access to a reliable and clean source of drinking water (World Health Organization), and with climate change contributing to changing weather patterns, droughts are a more consistent threat than ever before. I’m on #ShowerStrike to raise awareness of this issue and, you can help, too. A contribution of any amount to will help to fund a new water project, helping to ease the fear of drought. {insert personal campaign page link, or link to FB fundraiser}.

Template #6: General

I’m on #ShowerStrike this week to raise awareness of Well Aware’s clean water projects in East Africa. I will not be taking a shower until I reach my goal of $____, ultimately providing X people with reliable clean water for decades. Will you help me reach my goal? {insert personal campaign page link, or link to FB fundraiser}.

Template #7: Water System Failure

60% of water projects in Africa fail, but 100% of Well Aware’s projects are functional and continue to provide water to thousands of people. I’m on #ShowerStrike to raise funds and awareness for Well Aware’s projects, and help to bring clean water to more people. {insert personal campaign page link, or link to FB fundraiser}.

Template #8: Water Stress

By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas (World Health Organization). Well Aware is already tackling this issue by providing life-changing water systems to rural East African communities whose access to water was either unreliable or not safe to drink.

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