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If you plan to shop on Amazon this year, go to their site through https://smile.amazon.com/ch/01-0536445

When you shop AmazonSmile, you’ll find it is simply a different way to access Amazon with the exact same low prices, huge selection, and convenient shopping experience. But, the added benefit is that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Gendron Franco Center.

Thank you for your investment in The Franco Center as the premiere cultural and performing arts center in the community. Feel free to share this link.

Why use AmazonSmile? Sure, 50 cents on a $100 tablet might not seem like a huge donation. And it’s not a substitute for the generous contributions you regularly make to the Gendron Franco Center through campaigns like End of Year Giving.

All the money donated from AmazonSmile by our supporters adds up. And now AmazonSmile is available in the Amazon shopping app on your smartphone. When you buy a blender from the back seat or a printer from the patio — the Gendron Franco Center still gets that 0.5%.

Step 1: Join AmazonSmile

If you aren’t yet an AmazonSmile member, sign up at smile.amazon.com using a web browser (mobile or desktop). You’ll sign in with your Amazon credentials, and the site will walk you through the process.

Amazon will ask you to choose your favorite charity. This is where you search for and choose “Franco-American Heritage Center at St Marys.” Another way to find us is using our identifying number: 01-0536445

Step 2: Open the Amazon Shopping app on your phone

If you don’t have the app already, download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Step 3: Open Settings within the app

Open Settings by tapping the three horizontal lines (aka the “hamburger”) at the top left and tapping “Settings.”

Step 4: Tap AmazonSmile

Step 5: Tap the button for “Turn on AmazonSmile”

You’ll need to follow the three-step setup process. Note that Amazon requires you to turn on notifications to be able to use AmazonSmile on your phone.

Step 6: Make note of your renewal date

Amazon asks that you renew your AmazonSmile donation every six months. This is easy but required. When six months are up, you’ll have to choose your favorite charity again. If you don’t, purchases made until you do will not count.

Step 7: Check that AmazonSmile is active before your next purchase

Look for AmazonSmile at the top of the app as you browse. You’ll also see your chosen charity on the confirmation screen.

Whether on your computer or smartphone, you must remember to go to AmazonSmile each time you shop for all of this to work. So, consider bookmarking the site. This is the link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/01-0536445