The Los Altos United Methodist Church scrip program is in its 21st year. Over $190,000, from scrip profits and grocery card rebates, has been donated back to the church to support the ongoing maintenance of the church property.
Here's How Scrip Works
Each week, there is a table for scrip purchases following all three worship services. The church has Albertson’s, Smart & Final, Sprouts Farmers Market, Stater Bros., Vons and See’s Candy cards/certificates on hand each week. Buy scrip cards and then use them at the store or restaurant like cash. In addition, there is a pre-order list of 109 other store and restaurant cards/certificates that you can order from each month. The church gets a percentage from the companies for every purchase.
Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Vons and Lazy Acres have grocery card loyalty programs that provide a percentage of sales back to the church in the form of a rebate when you sign your card up/link your with the church. This must be done annually in order for the church to continue to receive rebates from your purchases.
Using the website www.umcmarket.org, we can earn donations from online retailers when we buy online.
Here's How UMCmarket Works
Get started (first time):
Go to www.umcmarket.org and join by entering your email address and a password of your choice in the box on the left.
Find Los Altos United Methodist Church (Long Beach):
Enter the name of the church (Los Altos United Methodist Church Long Beach) in the middle box.
Time to shop:
Browse through all the categories and choose to shop from hundreds of stores. Every time you shop the stores will donate a portion of your purchase back to our church. Make sure to log in before going to the stores and to have an empty shopping cart before you start to shop. Also, you need to complete your purchase within 24 hours to be eligible for a donation.
What stores are participating and how much do they give back?
Under the tab Stores you can search for stores in a lot of different categories. Next to every store you will see the percentage that they have agreed to pay back every time you make a purchase. Your donations will automatically appear in your account and will be credited to Los Altos UMC. The church will receive a check from UMCMarket periodically for the amount of the cumalated rebates.