Host a CRS Community Order

CRS Community Orders are a great way to create awareness and excitement about fair trade. And a catalog shopping event is the perfect excuse to get together with family and friends.

Karen Kasmauski for CRS

Fair trade meets faith meets fun.

Get creative with your shopping event. A chocolate sampling, an economic justice movie night, and a fair trade coffee tasting are just a few ideas. Or make it a part of a CRS Consignment Sale. Yes, we still offer those! Whether you’re shopping with your youth group, women’s fellowship or close friends, it’s a great time and a really good deal—you’ll get 20% off orders over $300. We’ll provide catalogs, order forms, prayers, promotional materials and educational resources.

Get a CRS Community Order packet

CRS Community Orders in 4 easy steps

  • Step 1: Set up an account and plan your event
    • Fill out the account information and sales agreement form that comes with your packet and mail, fax or email to Serrv. Be sure to indicate how many free catalogs you would like!
    • Decide how you will use your 20% discount and share this information when you promote your event—it makes a great fundraiser for your parish or group!
    • Download resources and prayers for your shopping event and order pickup.
  • Step 2: Place your order
    • Invite friends, family, neighbors, ministry leaders and coworkers to a catalog shopping event.
    • Order more than $300 at retail price for a 20% discount on all items and free shipping to one address.
    • Set a deadline for submitting orders and payments. Checks should be made out to you.
    • Before placing your order, make sure the products are available at serrv.org/crs.
    • Submit the combined order to Serrv by email, phone or online. Payment is not required when you place your order if you have a sponsoring organization!
  • Step 3: Receive Products
    • You will receive your order within 2 weeks. Note that any out-of-stock items will not be backordered.
    • Check off everything received on the enclosed shipping document to ensure the order is complete.
    • Use the promotional and educational materials in the enclosed host packet enclosed when participants pick up their orders.
  • Step 4: Organize the order pick-up
    • The order pick-up is another great opportunity to pray and educate. Start it off with the Prayer for the Dignity of Workers.
    • Include prayer cards or CRS gift message cards with each customer’s order.
    • Use the faith formation resources to complement your ministry.

Looking for videos, memes, prayers and more? We’ve got them!

Multimedia resources

Every purchase has twice the impact

With every purchase, our partners donate a percentage of the sale price to the CRS Fair Trade Fund. It’s another good reason to shop with us.

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Jake Lyell/CRS