Circles GR has partnered with Benefit, a free app that allows you to shop places like Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart, and many more, while giving up to 20% of every purchase back to Circles GR.
Simply shop like you normally do, and when you check out use the Benefit app digital gift card instead of your debit or credit card. Most Benefit digital gift cards can be used instantly and for the exact amount of your purchase. (Of course, read details for each store/restaurant prior to purchase.)
For example, your checkout total at TJ Maxx is $156.52. Open the Benefit app on your phone and pull up the retailer (TJ Maxx). Enter the exact purchase amount. Benefit is linked to your checking account or credit card, and instantly provides you with an electronic gift card. The cashier scans your phone for payment, and you're on your way. In this example, Benefit donates 6% ($9.39) of your purchase to Circles GR. (Percentages vary with individual retailers.)
So download the app, set up your bank account or credit card, and select Circles GR as your organization today! Thank you for purchasing with a purpose!
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Circle Leader Spotlight
Partnerships & Outreach
Cohort #2 celebrated their accomplishments and completion of their 22-month program with the community at the Dominican Center on October 28.
Six Circle Leaders impacting 18 family members completed the Circles program and will continue to practice what they learned to move their families from surviving to thriving. They had an average increase in earned income of 45%, an average increase in savings of 422%, an average increase in social/personal network of 100%, and an average decrease in debt of 18%.
Some Circle Leaders are pursuing ways to supplement their income with side businesses while others are taking what they learned to move-up in their current positions. What a pathway for success for these Circle Leaders and their families!
Thank you for our generous event sponsors!
Circles GR is now recruiting Circle Leaders, Allies, and volunteers for Cohort 3 which will start in January.
Circle Leader (participant) Sessions: For anyone living at or below 185% Federal Poverty Level (earning around $38,000 or less for a family of 3) who desires a more stable life for their family.
Monday - 12/02/19 or 12/16/19 5:30pm - 6:45pm Free childcare & simple dinner provided. Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church, 940 Neland Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 Pre-registration required. Call 616.309.7517
Circle Ally & Volunteer Sessions: For anyone who wants to come alongside Circle Leaders as an Ally and support them for the next 18-months as they work toward financial stability. Or for those interested in volunteering to serve more short-term by helping with the youth program, providing dinner for a meeting, and/or serve and clean-up for weekly meals. Find out how you can be involved!
Monday - 01/06/20 or 01/13/20 7:00pm - 8:00pm Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church, 940 Neland Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 RSVP: 616.309.7517 or email@example.com