Asheville Flyer for Kids 1 Year

$3,897 of $9,120 goal

Raised by 54 people in 45 months

Hello!  My name is Stu Helm, and I am the creator and co-publisher of Asheville Flyer for Kids, the world's greatest FREE monthly paper just for children!


My publishing partner's name is Tim Arem.  He's the best.


Tim and I do it all by ourselves...  with the help of a tiny handful of very loyal and super awesome volunteers!



Here's our story...

I've been a freelance artist, writer, and graphic designer for most of my life.  I published my first "newspaper" in 5th grade, and I've  been happily self-publishing ever since! Everything from Fanzines to Comic Books!

I moved to Asheville in 2005, where I met Tim.  He hired me to do some design work for his International Children's Film Festival and Father's Fest events.   I knew right away that Tim would be a great partner in launching my long-time dream of publishing a free monthly paper for children that is full of "puzzles & pictures & stuff to read, while your parents do something completely boring."  (That's our slogan!)

I put together a "dummy issue," made my pitch to Tim, and he liked my idea!  With the help of local advertisers and individuals, Tim and I printed and distributed 10,000 copies of our first issue in October of 2012, and we've been publishing 10,000 copies per month ever since!


So far the paper has funded itself through advertising, and we are incredibly grateful to our awesome Ad Partners!  But the truth is, Tim and I...  well...  we're not ad salesmen.   That's just a fact.

I mean, we do okay.  We've been printing this dang thing for over two years now, and we could continue doing monthly ad sales the traditional way, but y'know what?  We'd rather figure out another way to fund this paper.

That's where you guys come in.


I'm sure you know by now what crowd-funding is, so I won't explain all that.  You're here, so you know what to do.  You can donate in any amount for any reason, or scroll down to shop in our "rewards" section below, which offer opportunities to contribute to AFK on several levels, for several reasons.

We still give you the option to be one of our awesome Ad Partners, because we still believe very much that we are a good vehicle to advertise your business, school, camp, or event through.  10,000 copies of anything that's printed and distributed monthly is nothing to sneeze at!


We want everyone reading this to know that our paper is a huge hit with kids!  As well as parents, teachers, counselors, librarians, business owners, and just about everyone!  People love our little paper, because it promotes:

Positivity • Diversity • Reading, Writing, Math, and Logic Skills • Brain Fitness • Creativity • Healthy Lifestyles • and FUN!!!



Restaurants even call us on the phone, asking us to bring them more copies when they run out!  That's a big deal in the world of distributing free papers! (One waitress once told me AFK stops "French fry fights!" ) 


In a little over two years we have printed 260,000 units of fun and games and contests and creativity, and Tim and I have done it all for free.  We have not paid ourselves. Our investment in time and energy has been huge, but also hugely enjoyable.  We would love to continue doing AFK for the kids, but we need your help!

The goal of this campaign is to raise enough money to cover ONE FULL YEAR of printing costs  --  one month at a time  --  with any overages going to cover all other costs, including paying Tim, myself, and our small group of awesome helper-bees.

 

Will you help us too?  Do it for the kids!!! 

That's my pitch to you!  I hope you like it as much as Tim liked my original pitch back in 2012.  He and I want nothing more that to continue publishing AFK!  The kids really want us to as well, and those restaurants really need AFK, so please contribute what you can, and be a part of the world's greatest free monthly paper just for children, Asheville Flyer for Kids!




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AFK has a fun prize package to give away this week! Anyone who donates $25 or more to our GoFundMe campaign by Friday at 2pm will be entered to win! If you donate the $25 minimum AND share this post on facebook, we will enter your name twice. :) This is the prize:
1 Youth T-shirt
2 family music CD's
1 DVD T-Bone's World Of Clowning (featured on David Letterman)
www.gofundme.com/afkavl
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Sign up for one of our awesome Kids' Zones through our GoFundMe campaign! In addition to being the world’s greatest free paper just for kids, AFK also provides games, activities, crafts, challenges, and support staff to run a "Kids' Zone" at your party, festival, sporting event... or wherever you need kids to be safe, happy, and entertained in one spot, while the grown-ups do their thing! We can provide TWO TIERS of service: TIER 1: We provide 5 interactive stations and a staff of three to five people. TIER 2: We provide 10 interactive stations and a staff of five to eight people, PLUS a one hour appearance from one of our live-action characters: Banjo the Whistle Pig, Ashely Buncombe, or Black Cloud! To date AFK has provided Kids Zones for: The Big Love Festival, The Asheville Holiday Parade & Jinglefest, The Blue Ridge Pride Festival, The Asheville Half Marathon & 10k, The Isaac Dickson Hot Chocolate 10K and Kids Hill Climb, and The UNCA Peace Day Rally. Activities in an AFK Kids’ Zone might include: • Balancing - Slack Rope, Stilts, and a Balancing Board are all very popular activities for ages 5 - Adult. • Building - Plus Plus (similar to Legos) is a building toy from Denmark that boys and girls ages 3 and up just love! • Science - In this area the kids can play with magnets and blocks, and learn simple, fun, science from AFK staff. • Arts & Crafts - Beads, giant-sized coloring pages, paper crafts, and more! Kids get to take home a craft that they make! • Banjo’s Beanbag Toss (AKA Corn Hole) - A fun, traditional activity for kids and families! Our corn-hole boards feature Banjo The Whistlepig! • Music - Children are able to play various percussion instruments, and we often create mini-drum circles!
• Sports - We have kid-sized basketball, hula hoops, paddle ball, and even an outdoor obstacle course!
• We also have a giant inflatable ball that kids can get right inside of and roll around! Whoa. ____________________________________
To book or find out more, contact Jaime at AshevilleFlyerAds@gmail.com or 828.251.7277
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Our deadline to get into the July issue is June 26th. If you know any July babies, a birthday banner printed in the paper makes a super fun gift! We also have back issues, subscriptions, and AFK t-shirts available on our GoFundMe page.
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We are giving away a family four pack of tickets to see Chuggington to the next person who donates any amount to our GoFundMe campaign!!! See The Great Rescue Adventure Live at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium April 21st at 6:30! We have t shirts, back issues, subscriptions, birthday banners, ads, art, kid zones and more on our GoFundMe. The minimum contribution is $5.
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Raised by 54 people in 45 months
Created November 14, 2014
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FBF Level
Be our FaceBook Friend for $5! We will post a special customized thank you picture on our FaceBook page just for you!
$19
Wall Calendar
A spiffy 2015 Wall Calendar featuring all of our AFK Characters and signed by Banjo! Mailed to you in a tube.
$20
Name in AFK!
Donate twenty dollars to AFK and we will print your name in our list of "thank yous" in our very next issue!
$23
Back Issues
We will mail you 24 consecutive back issues of AFK from our archives!
$24
Subscription
We will mail you 12 issues of AFK throughout the year!
$25
AFK T-Shirt
Our awesome AFK T-Shirts feature our logo, and Banjo the Whistlepig saying "Gosh, I sure do love Asheville!" 100% cotton. Please specify adult & child's sizes
$33
Good Egg
Be a good egg! Donate this amount for no other reason than you enjoy the whole concept of AFK! Your reward is feeling good for helping to bring joy to kids!
$40
Custom Banner!
Your customized banner printed in the very next issue of AFK! 2.4375" X 1" You choose the color & message! A dedication, shout-out, or whatever!
$45
Birthday Banner
Wish someone special a happy birthday on your customized banner printed in an issue of AFK! 2.4375" X 1" Choose the color & message! Cool birthday surprise!
$55
1/16 Page Ad
2.4375"w X 2.5"H • 10,000 copies of AFK printed & distributed monthly all over WNC! Inquire for details
$75
1/8 Page Ad
Vertical: 2.4375"w X 5.125"h • Horizontal: 5"w X 2.5"h • 10,000 copies of AFK printed & distributed monthly all over WNC! Inquire for details
$110
1/4 Page Ad
Vertical: 2.4375"w X 10.42"h • Horizontal:10.125"w X 2.5"h • 10,000 copies of AFK printed & distributed monthly all over WNC! Inquire for details
$200
1/2 Page Ad
Vertical: 5"w X 10.42"h • Horizontal 10.125"w X 5.125"h • 10,000 copies of AFK printed & distributed monthly all over WNC! Inquire for details
$350
Full Page Ad
Our full page, full color ad is 10.125 X 10.42, and is one of the best deals in Asheville print media! 10,000 copies of AFK printed monthly! Inquire for details
$400
Original Art!
AFK artist, Stu Helm, will draw your picture w/ Banjo, print & sign a high quality color print for you, & print a B/W version in AFK for the kids to color in!
$500
AFK Kids Area
We run kids areas at events. We bring games, crafts, sports, activities, and a staff to keep kids occupied, challenged, safe, & having fun! Inquire for deets.
$760
Pay for AFK!
One issue of AFK costs us $760 to print. There are other costs, but that's the baseline. Donate this amount to print one whole issue of AFK for the kids!
$9,120
Super Patron
One year of AFK cost $9120 just to print! If you wanna be the world's most awesome Super Patron, you could donate that amount. That would rule. Contact us!
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