OCUUC Gift Card Fundraising
New Bonus Contributions Starting November 23Below you’ll find a list of all our special offers beginning next Saturday, November 23. You can click each bonus for further details, and click here for a list of all current special offers.
New Bonus Contributions Starting November 30Below you’ll find a list of all our special offers beginning next Saturday,
November 30. You can click each bonus for further details, and click here
for a list of all current special offers.
Questions? Contact Mary Lundholm
Reloadable Gift Cards (aka “Scrip”) are here!
To use you must have purchased the card from OCUUC’s scrip table. Start by making a family account and reload cards that are in the reload program so purchase a reloadable card at the scrip table on Sunday.
There are over 50 venders available. A few of our popular ones are ARCO, Albertsons, CVS, Lowes, Starbucks, Subway, Target, Sprouts, and Whole Foods.
Questions – email your eScrip coordinator Mary Lundholm.
Sign up for a Family Account with shopwithscrip.com
You can reload cards or use Scrip Now and print your own eCards. There are over 90 venders in this program. Some of the venders are amazon.com, The Container Store, CVS Pharmacy, Groupon, Petco, movie theater tickets, Whole Foods, and Zappos
You can pay by check or use “prestopay” (see next info box) by linking your bank account.
- Download the Family User Guide which explains the program in detail
- Contact Mary Lundholm
Re-loading Gift Cards with PrestoPay
If you choose to link your shopwithscrip account to your bank, be aware that there are several steps that you have to take. First, you need the family account. Second, you sign up for prestopay and enter your banking information as directed. Third, you wait and keep checking your bank account. Two small deposits will be made and you need to note those amounts down. Forth, log in to your shopwithscrip account and enter the amounts deposited. Fifth, check your email for a validation code and forward it
to Mary Lundholm (marylundholmgmailcom) . She will then be able to activate your prestopay.
From that point on, you can reload gift cards purchased from OCUUC or print ecards directly from the site without waiting for approval.
OCUUC has a newly-expanded SCRIP Program with new features!
Start by creating a Family Account on the ShopWithScrip website
and entering Enrollment Code 92F7DCEE5778 when prompted:
Enrollment code is 92F7DCEE5778
How can I learn more?
Download the Family User Guide which explains the program in detail.
A monthly seminar will be held on the fourth Sunday in the Social Hall after service. A short slide show will explain the program in general. Then you may ask your questions and get answers. Laptops will be available to help you sign up for the family accounts.
Questions? Contact Mary Lundholm
What is scrip?
Have you ever used a gift card or gift certificate? Well, that’s what scrip is. Racks of gift cards are showing up in grocery stores and other retailers because they are a good gift item. They are also available from the church and the church gets a large benefit from your decision to purchase them here. In addition, we will give you an attractive gift card wrapper at no charge! You can use scrip like cash to pay for purchases of all types, from groceries and gas to airline tickets and hotel bills. After you make the purchase, the balance remaining on the card or certificate is automatically tracked and printed on your receipt, so you don’t have to remember what the remaining balance is. There is also a phone number on the back of most cards where you can check the balance at any time.
Once you get in the habit of using scrip you might find it more convenient than paying by cash, check or credit card. You simply scan the card at the checkout counter or gas pump and that’s about it. Many scrip cards come in multiple denominations, depending on how much you buy from a particular vendor. For example, most gas cards come in $50, $100 and $250 denominations. People who do a lot of driving often find it more convenient to buy the larger denominations. Some people keep the cards in a separate place in their wallet or glove compartment so they are always available for spur of the moment purchase. We also have handy accordion type scrip wallets to separate different scrip categories, such as grocery, restaurant, gas, etc.
How does scrip help the Church?
OCUUC, as well as many other churches, schools and non-profits, is able to purchase the gift cards and certificates at discounts ranging from 2% to 25% of the face value. So you pay the church the face value and it’s worth that much when you spend it. This gives the church additional revenue without costing you one extra dime. Income from scrip is used to help pay staff salaries and expand and improve programs, furthering the growth and stability of the church. Our annual budget contains an estimate of what we think our income from scrip will be for that year. We always hope that this will be an underestimate of income earned from scrip. In other words, we always want to exceed the budgetary estimate. How can this happen? By having more people participate in the scrip program. And this means YOU!
When talking to church members, a common reason mentioned for not participating in the scrip program is the loss of airline miles or other rewards offered by many credit cards. That value to you is around 1% of the transaction. If you occasionally used scrip for high percentage scrip purchases there would be great value to the church at minimal loss to your rewards goals. These “high percentage” items are most often restaurants and travel.
What type of scrip is available?
Almost every type you can think of, nearly 300 retailers in all. A complete list of all retailers is described below in the last section, “The scrip retailer lists.” In particular, we have scrip for purchases you make all the time: in supermarkets, gas stations and drug stores, as well as for restaurants and fast food outlets.
How do I buy scrip?
It’s simple. About 50 or so of the most popular scrip cards and certificates are stocked and sold on the Church patio every Sunday, between services and after the second service. Just look for the prominent scrip display poster near the entrance to the Social Hall. A friendly volunteer will be there to take your order and answer any questions you may have.
If the item you want is not in stock, we can have it for you within three business days. You can pick it up at church the following Sunday, or, if you won’t be in church that Sunday, we will deliver or mail it to you.
What if I need scrip and can’t make it to Church that week?
No problem. Just e-mail us at scripocuucorg (scripocuucorg) , or call Charles at (714) 838-0783. We will fill your order and make arrangements to get the scrip to you in a timely manner.
What else can I do to help the scrip program?
We need additional volunteers to sell scrip on Sunday mornings. Aside from helping the church financially, you’ll get the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air as you greet old friends and meet new people. If you’d like to join the scrip team, e-mail us at scripocuucorg (scripocuucorg) .
Attention Amazon.com users:
Many of you use the Church link to Amazon.com. If you make your purchase with scrip, your contribution to the church is doubled! We have Amazon scrip at the scrip table in $25 and $100 denominations. Before you make your next Amazon purchase, stop by the scrip table on the patio.
The scrip retailer lists
Listings of all available scrip items are contained in a PDF file which you can access by clinking on this link: Scrip List 2013.
You can browse the list online, or print it. (You can peruse printed copies at the scrip table on the patio.) Scrip listings show, for each retailer, the dollar denominations available and the percentage earned by the Church.
Do all retailers offer scrip?
Alas, no. Some of the most frequently asked for retailers who do not currently offer scrip are Trader Joe’s, Costco, and McDonalds. But our scrip supplier, Great Lakes Scrip Co. has been very innovative in convincing retailers that it’s in their best interest to make scrip available to the public. It’s good for the community and good for business. Numerous retailers, who did not offer scrip in the past, now do so. So there’s always hope that the place you like to shop will offer scrip in the future.
Ralphs Rewards Community Contribution
Ralphs clears all enrollees in their Community Rewards Program on September 1 so all you have to do is re-enroll once per year!
When you enroll, OCUUC receives rebates from your grocery purchases.
How do I link my card to our organization, Orange Coast Unit. Univ. Church, #83653?
Go online to www.ralphs.com
- Click on “Sign in” or “Create a new account”
- Click on “My Account”
- Click on “Community Rewards”
- Click on “Edit Community Contribution Program Information”
- Click and link your card to “Orange Coast Unit. Univ. Church, organization number “83653”
How does this program work?
There are no additional out-of-pocket expenses to participants.
Ralphs rebates on a quarterly basis based on monthly qualifying purchases per Rewards card.
1% rebate if you spend up to $200/month
2% rebate if purchases are between $200.01 – $350
3% rebate if purchases are between $350.01 – $500
4% rebate if purchases exceed $500
Some may wonder…….do I risk losing my quarterly Ralphs Rewards Rebate Certificate if I link my Rewards card to “Orange Coast Unit. Univ. Church”?
Absolutely NOT! Shopping at Ralphs is a WIN-WIN!
Ralphs gives $3,000,000 to non-profit organizations each year. When you link your Rewards Card to ‘Orange Coast Unit. Univ. Church,” you help us earn our share!
Ralphs sends a Community Contribution check to OCUUC based on purchases made with linked Rewards Cards.
Ralphs sends a REWARDS CERTIFICATE TO YOU based on the number of points you accumulate over a 3 month period.