I first needed to raise money in order to purchase CFLs to hand out. To raise the required funds I wrote over 100 letters to businesses, celebrities, and corporations requesting items for raffle. I then conducted a raffle of over 30 donated prizes/packages at several local locations including malls, stores, and my church. With the money from the raffle I was able to purchase nearly 1,000 CFLs. I also received donations of CFLs from both local and national lighting companies including Philips, Westinghouse, and Sylvania.
At this point I began to distribute CFLs at community events. Through one of the giveaways I was put into contact with a national representative of CFL manufacturer TCP. His company then gave me a donation of nearly 1,000 more CFLs.
This spring and summer, as expected, I have been distributing CFLs, with my giveaways being held at local events. Recently with the encouragement of Greenlight New Orleans founder, Andi Hoffman I have decided to take my initiative one step further. I plan on partnering with his organization (which has distributed over 100,000 CFLs) and begin recruiting volunteers to install CFLs in individual homes. I hope to also aquire more sponsors and more CFLs for distribution. Taking my project to this level, however, will take more effort than I have had to put forth thus far. I plan on traveling to New Orleans to learn about the process of in-home installation and volunteer recruiting and hopefully coordinate my efforts with those of Green Light New Orleans.