How It Works

Here is how our St. James Neighbor Day Fundraising Auction works:

  1. The Neighbor Day Crew encourages parishioners to donate new and gently used auction items and cash to raise money for the St. James Ministries of service outreach.   *See examples listed at bottom of page.
  2. Cash donations may be any size and may include pledges for matching donations up to whatever amount is specified by the donor.
  3. Donors submit their donated auction items and/or cash by submitting a DONATION Form.
  4. The Neighbor Day Crew processing item descriptions & photos to showcase each item at the Neighbor Day website.
  5. The Neighbor Day Crew produces public service announcements to promote the the event on CTV and on social media.
  6. Neighbors register to bid using the online REGISTRATION Form at the website.
  7. The Neighbor Day Crew validates each submitted bidder registration form.
  8. Registered neighbors bid online during a 3-week period in October.
  9. The Neighbor Day Crew monitors the integrity of all submitted bids.
  10. St. James presents a 3-hour live simulcast event featuring edu-tainment provided by ministry and neighborhood personalities.
  11. The Neighbor Day Crew coordinates winner notification after the auction closes.
  12. The Neighbor Day Crew facilitates the collection of payments and coordination of winner pickups at the church.

* Popular donated items include: gift cards & gift certificates, gift bags & gift baskets, jewelry, fine art & craft, decorations, antiques & collectibles, kitchen accessories, furniture & home accessories, lawn & garden, food & beverage, tickets & passes, toys & games, recreational equipment, hobby accessories, clothing & accessories, tools, electronics, auto & boat related, pet related, books music & videos, and more.

Item Description Tips . . . 

Well-presented “showcases” will generate increased interest and greatly boost bidding activity. When submitting information on the Donation Form, please provide the following:

  1. Physical Description
    • word description – 3 or 4 sentences
    • dimensions (L x W x H) –  inches
    • color(s)
    • size
    • brand
    • model number
    • condition (new, like new, gently used, not working, antique, etc.)
    • approximate age
    • history, if known
  2. Estimated Value ($)
    • what you paid, or
    • what you think it is worth

In addition, please plan on submitting some Good Photos. Your volunteer Neighbor Day Coordinator can assist, if necessary. Here are some photo tips:

  • use a cell phone, if you like
  • at least 4 photos
  • different angles, showing details

Contact:  Kevin & Drew Jeske-Polyak | | 865-659-6742