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Other Ways to Support FMS

Amazon Smile

Amazon SmileDesignate us as your favorite charity and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to us! Thank you for continuing to support lay service in the Franciscan tradition.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Franciscan Mission Service every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same  prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Franciscan Mission Service.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. You must shop through smile.amazon.com for the purchase to count for a donation. (Chrome users might consider installing the “Smile Always” plugin)

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select Franciscan Mission Service to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges.

From time to time, Amazon may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?

Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

Prayer

Your prayer support is a great source of strength and encouragement for our missioners and staff. We have many stories of individuals who call or write and share their appreciation for our work and bless us with their prayerful spirits and intentions. Here are some ways you can pray for us:

  • Pray for our current missioners in the field. Read about their ministries on our blog.
  • Pray for the individuals currently discerning mission service with FMS.
  • Pray for the financial stability of Franciscan Mission Service. May those who are able give to this life giving ministry. As is true for most non-profits, our donations have decreased significantly in this time of economic turmoil. Pray that those with financial means feel called to support us.
  • Pray for our staff as they work to support our missioners in the field.

A FRANCISCAN PRAYER FOR MISSIONERS

Lord, make our sisters and brothers serving in other countries instruments of your Peace…
…In the midst of conflict give them serene spirits.

Where there is hatred, let them sow love…
…Grant that our missioners be bridges of reconciliation

Where there is injury, pardon…
…Make our missioners a truly healing presence.

Where there is doubt, faith…
…Give our missioners absolute trust in your Providence.

Where there is despair, hope…
…Keep our missioners ever-mindful of your empowering presence in the world.

Where there is darkness, light…
…Grant that the witness of our missioners illumine the way for all they encounter.

Where there is sadness, joy…
…Keep the spirits of our missioners lifted by the grace of their vocation.

O Divine Master, may our missionary sisters and brothers not so much
seek to be consoled as to console…
…In the midst of the pain which they witness.

To be understood, as to understand…
…In the trying reality of their missionary lives.

To be loved, as to love…
…Each person without thought of class, race or religion.

Help our missioners believe the all-important truth:
That in giving they receive
That in pardoning they are pardoned
And that in dying they are born to eternal life.

Amen

Volunteer

Franciscan Mission Service always welcomes volunteers to help with office tasks and organization events. If interested in giving your time, please send an e-mail to info@franciscanmissionservice.org

Ongoing needs:

  • Help prepare mass mailings
  • Distribute promotional materials and flyers throughout the DC metro area and around the country (educational institutions, campus ministry offices, and churches)
  • Donate items that we are seeking from our wish list.

Wishlist

Refurbish Casa San Salvador

Located in Northeast Washington, DC, Casa San Salvador serves as space for Formation and Re-Entry programs, intentional community housing, guest housing, meetings, and retreats.

The aged house currently needs some refurbishing in preparation for the new class of missioners-in-training and inaugural groups of DC Service Corps volunteers.

Your gift can make the space more functional for the lay people participating in our programs. Supply the couch on which retreatants can sit during facilitated reflections. Provide a dishwasher to help with community meals. Purchase the vacuum with

which the volunteers can keep the Casa spotless. Or throw in some bedding for guests and volunteers alike to make the house feel like a home.

Thank you for directly addressing our immediate physical needs!

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