We will be staying at the brand new mission house in the village of Nkar. We’re very excited about this new location as it will put us right in the middle of village life and allow us to interact with the people the entire time!
CMT is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.
“Mission” has a rich history in our faith and in the life of the Church. The word itself denotes “sending” and just as Jesus was sent by the Father, he in turn sent out the Apostles. Each of us also is “sent” by virtue of our baptism.
Because of this it is important when taking a mission trip to be “sent” by your community. Not everyone can take time off from work, school or life to journey on mission. However, they can be involved in other ways. We encourage you to go to your community (family, friends, Church, work) and ask them to participate in your trip.
Important things to remember
You must give as well as receive.
You community should support you and send you forth both financially and spiritually. You must however support them as well.
You should commit to praying specifically for them both before and during your trip.
You should commit to sharing your experience with them.
Plan a specific send off event where you gather as a group and they officially send you off. If you can have your pastor do this at Mass even better!
Plan a specific follow up event where you share the experience with pictures and stories.
Understand the Basics
When people donate to CMT it is Tax Deductible. This means that businesses and individuals look for things to donate to so they can save money on their taxes. They will get a tax receipt letter from CMT to give to their accountant. This only takes place if they write a check. Cash receipts are not provided.
You should make sure to write “Cameroon-Your name” in the memo area of any checks collected. This way CMT will know that the donation is for you.
You should submit checks together and send them to:
Catholic Mission Trips, Inc.
12063 O’Bannon’s Mill Rd.
Boston, VA 22713
Your Fundraising Plan
Identify your sources:
Make a list of family and friends that you can contact and ask for support.
Do you have a Church community? You’ll want to contact the pastor directly and request assistance.
Church groups: Find out what groups your Church has (like Knights of Columbus). Many of these groups regularly donate funding for things like this!
Work: Don’t be afraid to ask the business where you work to donate! Who owns the business? Find out the right person to talk to.
Businesses in your town: You will want to stay away from large chains that have a difficult donation process. Instead go with mom and pop businesses. Make a list of any that you frequent or any of the business owners that you know.
How will you take payment? You can take checks, cash or credit cards. Checks and cash are easy. If you have family and friends from out of state then you might consider starting a Go Fund Me Page so people can donate via credit card. This will also make it easier for people to share on social media.
If you decide to do this then make sure to let people know that if they would like to make their gift tax deductible then they will need to send a check.