Whereas, over 25 1/2 years ago, the Coupon Program was started by the Rev. Paul
Kottke, while Pastor at Warren United Methodist Church, after "harassment" from his
mother, and was enthusiastically supported by his successors and the congregation,
Whereas, the Coupon Program has enriched our relationships with the overall Capitol
Hill Community, the multiple congregations collecting the weekly coupon inserts, the 9th
and Corona King Soopers store employees and the donating and processing groups:
Whereas, the Coupon Program raised $685,000 that was distributed in $1,000 grants
to non-profit agencies serving low income, hungry and homeless people, people
suffering long-term mental illness and those suffering from AIDS/HIV on Capitol Hill: and
Whereas, Karen Hansen and this dedicated community of volunteers worked in
collecting,cutting, folding, and taping coupons for these 25 1/2 years:
Now, therefore, Capitol Hill United Ministries does hereby proclaim on May 18th, 2015
as Coupon Program Day in our community and offers deep gratefulness to all who
have worked so hard to give financial support to so many agencies and programs in
the Capitol Hill and beyond.
The CHUM Coupon Program is retiring!
After 25 ½ years of operating at King Soopers, 9th Ave. and Corona in Capitol Hill, the
coupon program has stopped placing coupons on products in the store. We have had
a happy and productive relationship with King Soopers management and employees.
However, the exigencies of time and electronic progress have indicated that now is the
time to celebrate our success and retire.
The coupon program was started by the Rev. Paul Kottke, then pastor at Warren
United Methodist Church. The program was enthusiastically supported by his
successors and the congregation. Time has enriched our relationships with the overall
Capitol Hill community, the multiple congregations collecting the weekly coupon
inserts, the King Soopers store employees and our donating and processing groups.
But time has also weakened our collective physical abilities to actually attach the
coupons. Electronic progress has brought us the wonders of self check out, but that
significantly reduced the income donated by customers to the program.
We will celebrate the success of the program and thank our wonderful volunteers on
Monday, May 18 at Warren UMC, at an open house from 10am-12noon. Please join us
as we celebrate our collective accomplishments and each other.
Overall the coupon program raised $683,000 that was distributed in $1000 grants to
the non-profit agencies serving low income, hungry and homeless people, people
suffering long term mental illness and those suffering from AIDS/HIV on Capitol Hill. No
operating expenses were ever deducted from the money donated. In addition, we
estimate that coupons totaling at least twice the $683,000 amount were used by
individual customers to reduce the cost of the groceries they were buying. Thank you
for all your support through the years to make this effort so successful.