Host a Car Wash!

Did you know a full grown male African elephant can weigh more than two times the weight of an average pick-up truck (6000 lbs) and three to four times the weight of a sedan (4000 lbs)? Your classroom, scouting troop, club, or team can hold a car wash and wash the mini-elephants in your neighborhood!

Here’s what to do:

  • Identify a date, time, and location for your Car Wash. Try to pick a location that visible from the street so passing cars can see you. Make sure the location has access to water.

  • Contact IEF to officially notify us of your event and qualify for prizes: Sarah Conley
  • Download our PowerPoint Car Wash Flyer add your event details, and print out flyers announcing your event.
  • Promote your event using social media (create a Facebook event page, build a buzz on Twitter, etc).
  • Try to get car soap, sponges, and drying cloths donated from community members and/or local businesses.
  • Make banners and posters to advertise the event around your school, and to put up on the day of the event.

  • Hold your Car Wash!
  • Donate proceeds to IEF.

Tips on holding Your Event:

  • Reach out to local car and auto parts shops to try to get donations of car wash soap and sponges.
  • Contact local news media and ask to be listed in upcoming events and community calendars.
  • Consider charging different prices based on the size of the cars, sedans at a base price and trucks and large SUVs an increased fee.
  • Encourage the kids to dress up, decorate their own t-shirts, and put out banners, posters, balloons, and play music to encourage a festive atmosphere.
  • Designate a person to handle the money collected (preferable someone not washing the cars so the money doesn’t get soaked).