Games With a Goal

A games night involves a series of players who pay an entrance fee to compete for first prize, where all of the proceeds are sent to help the fight against trafficking. Games Nights can be as small or as large as you like and it’s easy to make them interesting and fun. Games nights are a good way to meet new people and they appeal to the competitive spirit in everyone.

Here are some instructions on how to put together a games night.

Before you start, here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  1. One or more locations for the games night
  2. Trivia questions (we recommend about 100)
  3. Volunteer judges/co-hosts to help you run the evening (we recommend one host for each 10-15 people)
  4. Players – the more the merrier!

Step One
Choose questions for your trivia game. You can take questions from an existing trivia game or from the Internet. (Check out funtrivia.com where you can logon for free trivia questions on many subjects.) If you like, you can write the questions yourself. Be sure to choose many questions (we recommend about 100) of different types and levels so that everyone will be able to answer some and nobody will be able to answer all.

Step Two
Decide how many people to invite. The more people you invite, the more effective the games night. If you decide to have more than 20 people, you will need to find volunteer co-hosts to help you keep track of the game and judge the scores. We recommend that you have one host for each 10-15 players to help with the judging and oversee the games.

Step Three
Find a location for the games night. If you have room for many people in your own home, you might decide to host the entire games night there. Otherwise, you might ask a local school, community center etc. to donate space.

Step Four
Invite your friends. You might say something like: “I’m hosting a games night and I’d love for you to come. A night of fun games to raise awareness and funds for a good cause. It costs $20 a person to play and all of the proceeds will be sent to a non-profit working to end human trafficking in Israel. I hope you can come! Here are the details…” You can set the cost of playing to be more or less money depending on the people you are inviting. Use your judgment.

Make sure to invite friends at least two weeks in advance. We recommend sending an email about the games night with the time and place details to be sure that people don’t lose them.

Step Five
Gather materials for the games night. You will need two kinds of materials: games materials and materials about trafficking.

  1. Games materials – Arrange the questions you gathered into categories for different “rounds” of the game. We recommend having 4-5 “rounds” of about 20 questions each. Print up the questions for each round on a separate page, labeling them “Round 1”, “Round 2” etc. You’ll want to print up enough copies for each of the judges and each team plus a few extra just in case.
  2. Materials about trafficking – Don’t forget to print up some materials about modern slavery as well and have them available at the games night. Feel free to print up anything from this site. Check out our downloads page and FAQs. You can either distribute the materials personally or put them in a well-visited place (e.g. next to the drinks).

Step Six
Have your games night! Remember to take pictures! Here’s how we recommend that the game be set up:

  1. At the beginning of the evening, arrange people into teams (we recommend teams of 5-10 people each). Give each team some pencils and introduce them to the host or judge who can answer basic questions.
  2. Distribute the question sheet for “Round 1” to each of the teams and give them a fixed amount of time to answer.
  3. Collect the question sheet at the end of “Round 1” and allow a few minutes for people to talk while the volunteer judges tally the scores.
  4. Repeat the process until you’ve collected the sheets at the end of the last round.
  5. Before you announce the final scores, ask your guests to listen to your pitch about trafficking and the importance of helping Israel rid itself of this problem. Keep it brief and keep it simple. You might say something like: “I believe that Israel should be a world leader in the fight against human trafficking. There is a great deal that needs to happen before we can make that possible. By coming here tonight, each of you has contributed to the fight against trafficking. To learn more, you can visit the website of the Task Force on Human Trafficking or read some of the materials which I put out.”
  6. Announce the winning team and congratulate them. You might want to have a small prize for the winning team but it is not necessary.

Step Seven
Follow up! Make sure you thank your guests for coming.

Step Eight
Drop us an e-mail to tell us about your games night. Be sure to send us pictures as well. Send any money you collect to: ATZUM – Task Force on Human Trafficking, P.O. Box 252, Youngsville, NY 12791.

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