Mercy Ships Canada is able to exist only because of our supporters. Yes, by supporters I mean those who donate their time and money, but our definition goes beyond that.
A supporter is a social media ambassador who shares our stories with their networks.
A supporter is someone who requests a speaker for their church or workplace.
A supporter is someone who talks about our mission with their friends, neighbours and communities.
While those who donate their time and money are crucial to our mission, we rely on a much greater network to fulfil our goals.There are many ways to support Mercy Ships beyond volunteering and donating money. Over the next few months I’m going to share with you some of the ways you can help bring hope and healing!
Collect Air Miles Points
Mercy Ships Canada works to raise funds, recruit volunteers and serve our supporters all across this great big country from one small office in Victoria, BC. We do what we can over the phone, via email and traditional mail and even Skype. But occasionally this just isn’t enough.
From time to time throughout the year MSCA employees have to travel. We travel to meet with existing donors, to attend medical and corporate conferences in hopes of meeting new volunteers and donors, to speak in front of large audiences about our mission and to nurture partnerships. While we do what we can from our west coast office, sometimes travel is just necessary.
Here is where you come in.
Travel within Canada isn’t cheap. This year to date, MSCA would have had to spend more than $7,000 on flights. But we haven’t had to because supporters across the country are collecting Air Miles points on our behalf.
About four years ago we launched our Mercy Miles program. You’ve heard of Air Miles? It’s that, but with a network of people collecting points for the same account, the Mercy Ships account.
Our supporters request a Mercy Miles card and use it as they would an Air Miles card at one of the 220 eligible retailers. While it can seem like it’s taking forever to build up points when you’re working at it on your own, when there are hundreds of you the points accrue faster than you would think!
In 2015 MSCA hasn’t had to spend any money on flights thanks to supporters nation wide collecting Mercy Miles on our behalf. That’s more than $7,000 that has gone directly into programs and transforming the lives of those we serve. All thanks to our supporters using our Mercy Miles cards!
Do you have your card yet? If not feel free to email Jane McIntosh or call our office toll free 1-866-900-7447 and we will put one in the mail.
The simple act of swiping a card, when done by many, has brought hope and healing to so many people this last year.
Thank you to those who swiped!
– Colleen Sullivan, Mercy Ships Canada Manager of Advancement