Extreme Fundraising...It's Free!

The “Extreme Fundraising” programs, all of which have the common theme of not costing anyone anything extra (you spend only the money you already planned to spend), are collectively generating over $24,000 per year of free money that supports many Glen Mar ministries. The cost of participating in these programs remains zero, yet the benefits are very tangible, including funds that assist communities ravaged by hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, disease, decay and poverty.

Participating in these programs not only raises money for ministries, it also gives you the opportunity to serve God in all that you do -- even while shopping, searching the internet, eating cereal or soup, and even recycling. It requires only a small change of behavior, and is very easy and very gratifying.

6 Free Things You Can Do Today!

Use the Gift Card Program
Glen Mar purchases gift cards at a discount and sells them to you at face value. Your shopping experience remains the same. Average return to Mission Ministries is 5%.

Gift cards are for sale every Sunday in the Gathering Place. Checks and cash are accepted. Pre-orders for the next week can be placed also.

Download the Gift Card Sheet. This sheet contains a list of gift cards maintained in an inventory for sale every Sunday, as well as details on how 50% of the funds generated can be used toward mission trip costs or to benefit other Glen Mar ministries.

On-line orders can be placed at http://www.shopwithscrip.com. Order using Glen Mar's enrollment code AF17656D14184. You can also print cards cards at home, send by email or reload existing cards.

Fundraising Update:

Nearly $13,000 in scholarships have been provided for youth and adults to go on mission trips. Another $24,000 was used to help over 100 Glen Mar families to reduce their mission trip costs. The hosts of our mission teams in New Orleans, Hurley, Virginia, Tuscaloosa, Jacksonville, Haiti and other locations have received an additional $23,000 in extra donations. The biggest beneficiary to date is the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Your gift card purchases allowed Glen Mar to send an extra $6,500 to UMCOR after the Haiti earthquake. All told, the UMCOR disaster and humanitarian relief funds have received over $22,000.

To date, over $3 mission in gift cards have been purchased by Glen Mar families, generating over $140,000 that would not otherwise have been available for ministry. It really is free, and it really makes a difference!

Register grocery courtesy cards for Giant, Safeway, and Food Lion
Giant shoppers help support the William Pinderhughes Elementary and Middle School in Sandtown, an inner-city partner with Ames Memorial UMC and Glen Mar Church. Safeway shoppers directly support Glen Mar Mission Ministries. Food Lion shoppers support Cherokee United Methodist Church ministries, our hosts for our mission trips to Cherokee Nation, North Carolina.

Download the form, fill it out with your grocery card information, and turn it in to the Extreme Fundraising table in the Gathering Place on Sunday.

Shop Online at www.iGive.com to Generate Rebates
iGive.com is a web-portal that re-directs you to the website you are going to use to shop, such as Amazon.com. Shopping via iGive.com generates rebates at no additional shopping cost to you. First visit http://www.iGive.com and choose Glen Mar as your cause. Then shop at over 1,500 on-line merchants. By starting your shopping at iGive.com, the merchants rebate a percentage of each sale.
Use www.GoodSearch.com to Generate Rebates and Revenue Sharing
Like iGive.com, GoodSearch.com generates free revenue at no cost to you. Visit http://www.GoodSearch.com and register as a Glen Mar supporter. Then shop on-line and select from over 5,000 on-line merchants.

You may also do web searches (i.e. to "google"), and each search generates a penny from their revenue-sharing program.

You may also register your regular credit cards and a percentage of sales from thousands of local merchants is credited back to Mission Ministries.

There are eight other ways to generate free money, such as completing surveys or playing on-line games.

Recycle cell phones and printer cartridges
Recycled phones and cartridges generate cash (cell phones) and cash vouchers for Staples (printer cartridges) in support of Glen Mar's Administrative and Children's Ministries. Deposit them in/near the box near the kitchen or the Childrens Ministries office.
Save your Box Tops for Education and your Campbell's Labels
All the money generated goes directly to support Glen Mar's ministry partner Hurley High School in Hurley, Virginia. Deposit them in the bin near the kitchen.


Free Blessings Shared Worldwide

By far the largest beneficiary has been the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which has received over $20,000 for disaster and humanitarian relief programs. In support of Glen Mar’s commitment to Serve the World, over $14,000 worth of scholarships have been distributed to adults and youth for mission trips. The hosting organizations of these same mission trips, plus Youth on a Mission (YOAM) trips and Volunteer In Mission (VIM) trips, have collectively received an additional $20,000 – an unexpected blessing for communities often in tremendous need. Many other Glen Mar ministries, including local, national and international ministry partners, have been blessed with an additional $40,000 distributed to or through Glen Mar ministries.

More Information

For more information on any of these extreme fundraising programs, contact Van Beall at 410.531.7170 or fundraising@glenmarumc.org.