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Jasper County Tribune

Take a ‘Dip’

DipJar fundraiser helping Colfax Main Street

Community organizations have had to get creative when finding ways to raise funds for projects. Colfax Main Street has “dipped” into a new idea with a DipJar, an electronic donation device utilizing a cashless option during the current pandemic.

“DipJar is essentially an electronic donation jar where people can give to Colfax Main Street projects. Since we are moving towards a more cashless society and the CDC recommends not using cash during the pandemic, we wanted to find an easy way for people to donate to the program while they are out and about,” Colfax Main Street Director Stuart Patterson said. “We can electronically set DipJar with a set donation amount. We also invested in a DipJar because we can use DipJar at events and fundraisers as an easy and fun way to give.”

To use the DipJar, people can take a credit or debit card and “dip” it (insert it) into the device to give the specific amount shown in lights. When the arrows appear, the card can be removed and it then lights up and makes a noise to notify the process is successful.

“You can insert your card as many times as you want to give the amount that is posted,” Patterson said. “On our Facebook and Instagram, Colfax Main Street Board Member and local business owner, Nikki Stravers, shows people how to use DipJar in a brief video.”

Main Street’s DipJar is currently located near the register at Absolutely YOUnique Boutique, 118 N. Walnut St. Patterson said the organization plans to rotate the DipJar to different locations in the community, hoping to encourage shopping at local businesses and help out Main Street, too.

The idea to use the DipJar came from Colfax Main Street Vice President Brad Magg. He heard about the option while volunteering with the United Way of Jasper County and suggested for Colfax.

“At the moment we are raising money to help offset the costs of memorial benches for Downtown Colfax’s streetscape,” Patterson said. “We’ve had some local families donate money for memorial benches and we are trying to pay for the extra costs of freight, etc. At the moment we have DipJar set at $5 per ‘dip’.”

Patterson plans to utilize the DipJar for many projects in the future, giving people an easy way to donate without having to find cash or change to give.

“We hope that DipJar is a fun, updated version of a giving can. We plan to use it to help raise funds for Colfax Main Street projects that help improve the community,” Patterson said. “Colfax only becomes a better and more place to live when we have locals pitch in financially for projects or volunteer their time. We want to let people know that any contribution to Colfax projects is always greatly appreciated.”

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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