Seeking Donations for Online Auction

The past year of COVID has been challenging for nonprofit organizations that usually fundraise through in-person events. RRAS has held an annual banquet and silent auction fundraiser for the past 35 years. The event allowed RRAS to celebrate a year of progress on behalf of wildlife in general and bird life in particular, while raising a substantial portion of the funds needed to keep our all-volunteer organization solvent. Two areas in need of support are production of a monthly Sandpiper newsletter and educational outreach to local schools and the public.

RRAS is seeking donations of new or “gently used” goods, as well as personal services, for an online silent auction to be held in late May or early June. The donation deadline is May 1.

Donations may include artwork & photography, books (coffee-table type), clothing & accessories, food & drink, gift certificates, home décor, jewelry, outdoor items, pottery & glass, and toys & games. Or donors can create an “experience,” such as teaching a class, leading a trip, making a dinner, providing getaway/camping space, or any other special talent or opportunity they can offer!

Items with a bird or nature theme are especially sought. Please, no junk (broken or dirty items). Donor names will be attached to their items on the auction website, unless givers prefer to remain anonymous. Donations are tax deductible.

We will pick up donations in the Humboldt Bay area that are worth at least $20 or can be grouped into sets for an auction listing that is worth at least $20. Contact Gary Friedrichsen at or (707) 496-6581 to donate.

[NOTE: We are partnering with Godwit Days for this auction. If you want to donate to that organization, contact Alex Stillman at or (707) 845-3900.]