Extreme Fundraising...It's Free!

The "Extreme Fundraising" programs share the common theme of generating "free money" while not costing participants anything extra, as you spend only the money you already planned to spend. Prior to the COVID disruptions, the programs were collectively generating over $20,000 per year that support many Glen Mar ministries and ministry partners. The very tangible benefits include extra money for mission trip scholarships, support to over two dozen ministries, especially the United Methodist Committee On Relief for communities ravaged by hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, disease, decay and poverty. More importantly, participating provides additional opportunities to serve God in all that you do, such as shopping, searching the internet, and recycling. Participating is very easy and very gratifying.

Four Free Things You Can Do Today!

Use the Gift Card Program
Glen Mar purchases gift cards at a discount and sells them at face value. Your shopping experience remains the same, the method of payment changes. Returns to Mission Ministries range from 1-20% and average 5%.

Pre-COVID, gift cards were for sale every Sunday (except Easter) in the Gathering Place. Gift cards for Christmas 2020 will be available in November and December at dates and times to-be-announced.

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

Place an On-line Order
First, enroll at https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Login/Enroll, using Glen Mar's enrollment code AF17656D14184.

Once you have enrolled, you can sign in any time at https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Login and place an on-line order. You can also print cards at home, send by email or reload existing cards.

To pay for your on-line orders you may have a direct debit from your checking account (15 cent fee) or pay by credit card (2.6% fee). For additional information visit https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Support/faq/online-payments or call ShopWithScrip Customer Service at 1-800-727-4715.

Questions? Contact fundraising@glenmarumc.org.

Fundraising Update:
Over $26,000 in scholarships have been provided for youth and adults to go on mission trips. Another $50,000 has been used to help over 100 Glen Mar families reduce their mission trip costs. The local hosts of our mission teams in New Orleans, Hurley, Virginia, Tuscaloosa, Jacksonville, Haiti and other locations have received an additional $20,000 in extra donations. The biggest beneficiary to date remains the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Your gift card purchases allowed Glen Mar to send an extra $6,500 after the 2011 Haiti earthquake and over $11,500 was sent after the 2018 California fires. All told, the UMCOR disaster and humanitarian relief funds have received over $39,000.

To date over $4 million in gift cards have been purchased by Glen Mar families, generating over $205,000 that would not have otherwise been available for ministry. It really is free, and it really makes a difference!

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 Walmart.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 2,000 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.

Support Glen Mar Ministries with Amazon Smile
When you register with Amazon Smile, ½ percent of every Amazon purchase is returned to Glen Mar’s Mission Ministries for scholarships for mission trips and other important ministries. Please visit www.smile.amazon.com to register – search for Glen Mar United Methodist Church. And don’t forget you can earn an additional 2.25% when you pay for each purchase using Amazon gift cards, which can be conveniently purchased every Sunday thru the Gift Card Ministry.

 

Free Blessings Shared Worldwide

By far the largest beneficiary has been the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which has received over $39,000 for disaster and humanitarian relief programs. In support of Glen Mar’s commitment to Serve the World, over $26,000 worth of scholarships have been distributed to 100 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 to receive an additional $53,000.

More Information

For more information on any of the extreme fundraising programs, contact fundraising@glenmarumc.org.