Remsen St. Mary's Scrip Program
When you purchase scrip, you are purchasing negotiable gift certificates that can be used in stores just like cash. Scrip is issued by national and local retailers where many families already shop. These merchants want to support non-profit organizations and in return ask you to support them by shopping with scrip at their stores. You can use scrip to purchase everyday items like food, clothing and other essentials, and with every purchase you earn money for our church and schools. If you have a child in our school system, half of the money you earn will be applied toward your child’s tuition.
How scrip generates revenue for you
St. Mary’s purchases scrip certificates and cards through the Great Lakes Scrip Program and local merchants at a discounted price. We in turn sell the scrip to our customers – you - at face value. The bulk of the discount - from 1 to 15 percent or more - is cash for our parish and schools! At the end of the fiscal year, half of this revenue is applied toward your family’s tuition. The other half – or all of the revenue if you do not have children in school – is directed towards parish and school needs. A small amount of the money is needed annually for the operational costs of the program. Currently the revenues are being used to fund a portion of tuition assistance being paid by parish to families in need.
Here’s an example; St. Mary’s buys a $10 scrip certificate from Menard’s for $8 and sells it to you for $10. You spend the $10 scrip certificate at Menard’s. At the end of the fiscal year. $1 is applied toward your (or someone else’s) child’s tuition, and the other $1 toward parish and/or school needs or is applied toward the cost of operating the scrip program.
Scrip is "shopping cart fundraising”
The reason for the effectiveness of scrip is simple: families generate revenue through purchases they would make anyway. Groceries, clothing, toys, gifts, even gasoline can be purchased with scrip.
Figuring that a family can easily spend $12,000 annually on food, clothing and other essentials, our parish of 700 families is spending $8.4 million! Thus if we had 100% participation in the scrip program, we could potentially raise $336,000 annually – without actually spending one more penny than we would have anyway! All it takes is a little preplanning before setting out on our shopping trips.
Retailers like Scrip, too
Retailers know that offering a scrip program will secure them a loyal group of savvy shoppers, people like you who actively support these retailers in order to provide a steady stream of revenue for their churches and schools. It is a win-win situation!
Ordering is EASY and convenient. Order forms are available on the parish and school websites and at the rectory office. Just complete the order form, indicating which store you plan to spend money in and how many “scrip dollars” you need for each store. Add your total and attach your check with the order.
After completing your order you can drop it in the collection basket at Mass, bring it to the rectory office, or send it with your child to school by 9 AM on Tuesday mornings. On Tuesday we send our scrip orders in and scrip is normally delivered to the rectory office on Friday afternoons. Orders are then sent home with a student, mailed if you submitted a self addressed stamped envelope or can be picked up at the rectory. We are not liable for lost or misdirected scrip orders once they leave the rectory office.
For your convenience, there is a limited inventory of scrip kept on hand at the rectory office. Feel free to stop by during regular business hours (8:30 – 3:30) to see if we have what you need. However, to maximize the amount of scrip you are using please place an order!
There are additional vendors that are not listed on the order form, and in some cases there are restrictions. If questions arise, just call Jo at the rectory office (786-1437) for assistance.
How can you help?
Use scrip! But also, recruit family and friends to use this program! It’s an easy and profitable way to earn tuition dollars while shopping.
We are in need of volunteers to pick up scrip from particaptating businesses in LeMars. If you are interested please let us know at the rectory office!
So help us help you! Buy scrip today and earn tuition for your own family and assist others at the same time.
Please click on the title to download the order form: