For the past several years, some of the members of FCC have been involved in a recycling project that not only helps keep the planet green by keeping those cartridges and cell phones out of the landfills, but earns money for the church as well! We send used cell phones, toner cartridges, and ink cartridges (the little ones that you use in your desktop printer!) to a company called The Funding Factory. The Funding Factory awards points for each recycled item returned and these points convert into money! They pay the UPS shipping costs and supply the boxes for shipping. (If we use our own boxes, they give us more points!) We have earned $3,379.00 for our church since we started doing this. Some of this money has been used to buy the mugs we “mug” new people visiting the church each Sunday in an effort to encourage more people to become a part of the Christian Family at FCC.
Carol Cirigliano, who was one of the initiators of this recycling project at FCC, did a comparison request for stats comparing FCC with other participating churches and their Funding Factory collections and earnings. It turns out that FCC ranks number 12 out of 681 churches in the number of points earned for items sent to be recycled. This is an amazing statistic for us, especially when you consider that we are a small church and only maybe 10 people in the church are actually bringing in their used toner cartridges and cell phones. Imagine where we would be if more of us participated!
If you keep up with the Financial Information posted each month in the Temple Bells or have attended a Board Meeting lately, you know that FCC is struggling financially. I know that we are already giving to our maximum capacity and that we cannot squeeze any more away from our personal financial commitments. So, why don’t we become more creative and more active in our fundraising efforts? If we tripled or quadrupled the number of members bringing in the empty toner and ink cartridges from their offices and place of business, perhaps we could triple or quadruple the amount of funds raised for the missions and ministries of our beloved FCC. Please join us in this effort. At no personal cost, you could be saving a tree or perhaps even a life! In Christ, Cindy
P.S. If you have any fund-raising ideas/interests, please let us know!