A little can do a lot!
My Coins Count is a fun and easy way to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMM) by collecting coins in a container in your church, school, home or business. Bring the coins to the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale by 9 am on October 1. The coins are then sorted by volunteers and staff from Park View Federal Credit Union, who calculate the total value from each congregation. Currency and checks are also welcome. The funds will benefit a VMM project as well as an MCC location still to be announced.
A few coins plus a few more coins plus a few more coins adds up to a lot of coins! And when a lot of coins are put together they can make big changes.
- $10 provides food for a family of 7 for one week in Kenya
- $26 gives a student the required school uniform and helps buy math, science, history and language workbooks
- $48 provides irrigation for garden plots growing fruits and vegetables for one family in Bolivia
- $51 helps cover 3 months of anti-retroviral treatment for a person in Nigeria suffering from AIDS
2016 funds will benefit:
Rafael and Solange Tartari
Mission workers serving in Lezhë, Albania
Developing good working relationships with both Lezha Academic Center (workers Dini and Klementina Shahini) and the Joshua Center (worker Norma Teles, also a Brazilian serving in Albania), the local Mennonite church called Rafael to serve as pastor when they were without one. A gifted preacher and well-versed in the Albanian language, he concentrates especially on discipleship and leadership training, and relates to students at LAC.
Solange brings her gifts to working with women and children and various ministries in the church. Together, they desire to stay in Albania until the congregation can come under local leadership.
An economic crisis in Brazil has caused financial hardships for the Tartaris and their primary sending agency, JMMI (an agency of the Brazilian Mennonite Church), and they are unsure whether they will be able to stay because of finances.
Help us provide funding through My Coins Count for the Tartaris to stay in their assignment and continue to be wonderful gifts to the Guri i Themelit church in Albania.
A project of Virginia Mennonite Missions
Helping uprooted people
Ethiopia, Honduras, and other places
Nyachoat Gatkek and her daughter Nasir are from South Sudan. In 2014, due to the national crisis, she was uprooted from her home where her family had a thriving business. She now lives in a refugee camp in Ethiopia where she received MCC canned meat.
At home and around the world, MCC and its partners are welcoming newcomers and providing a helping hand to those who have fled war and violence. MCC reaches out to refugees and displaced people in times of crisis and helps people find ways to support themselves without having to migrate.
Your gift will help MCC meet urgent needs-responding in situations of disaster or crisis, extending care and opportunity to uprooted and vulnerable people and working for peace and justice.
A project of Mennonite Central Committee
This year a portion of the special project funds will be donated to two local organizations. Make a donation during announced times during the auction, or at the auction payment area.
NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center: A resource center for the spiritual, social, and economic needs of immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley.
Love INC (In the Name of Christ)’s vision is to see Christian churches united in purpose and fully engaged in actively living out their faith by lovingly serving people in need in their communities.
One-third of the special project funds this year will go to MCC’s Syria and Iraq crisis response. Six years after the violence in Syria started, families are still displaced from their homes and struggling to meet their basic needs for food, shelter, work and education.