Penny Car Wash

Penny Car Wash

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We had our first Penny Car Wash today!

People came to us, got their car washed, and got a penny with a connect card.

Of course, people thought they were going to be giving the penny. Or more.

I love creative ways of showing God’s love!

When asked why we refused to take money, I found myself saying, “God’s given us so much already, we just want to give back to the community.”

We got this idea from Steve Sjogren’s Dollar Car Wash. (“Penny” seemed a better fit than “dollar” here in Central Maine!)

As he says:

Why Do It:

  1. To show the love of God to our city / community.
  2. To redefine to our community who God is and who God’s people are:
    • We are givers not takers
    • We are the people of love, not meanness or accusation

    Let’s face it, we have a lot of making up to do for more decades than any of us can count of an extensive negative, judgmental face we have shown to most of our cities.

  3. The list can go on Check out for more information.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

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  1. CactusFreek

    That’s a really great idea! I suggested doing something like that at our church blog. There’s so much you could do with that one idea!
    Our church opened a Christian book & gift. And when it was a year old, the Church put on a feww sausage sizzle outside the shop. People were surprised to recieve a free sausage sandwich, as i imagine they were at recieving a free car wash.
    I guess it is a reflection of how us as a people feel at the thought of recieving Jesus’s free gift, before we understand it.
    Good job! :o)

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