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 September 30. 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.
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
2017 funds will be used for:
Meeting children’s basic needs
Albania, Jamaica, Southeast Asia, Uganda
The Joshua Center in Albania serves children from the marginalized Roma people with education opportunities, life skills, hygiene practices, promoting literacy and teaching children about God’s love.
Maranatha School for the Deaf in Jamaica provides a caring Christian school environment for deaf students with love, community and spiritual instruction.
At the Rumah Harapan (House of Hope) in a slum on the outskirts of a major Southeast Asian city, children from the lowest rungs of society learn to read, sing and play together, learn how to stay healthy, and learn that despite their dire circumstances, God loves and cares for them.
In Bundibugyo, Uganda, the BundiNutrition program runs through a health center that treats and works to prevent severe malnutrition in the region.
These are projects of Virginia Mennonite Missions.
Responding to the refugee crisis
Syria and Iraq
Throughout the past six years of war and violence, MCC has been able to continue to provide tangible hope through food, rent assistance, winter clothing, heaters and fuel, water, education and peace initiatives, including trauma healing.
An important part of MCC’s relief work is in the lives of children that have been affected by this prolonged crisis. Your gifts will help MCC meet these urgent needs.
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.
People Helping People: A cooperative ministry of churches in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia, which helps people in an emergency crisis with resources and guidance.
Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry (WARM): WARM provides emergency and temporary housing to individuals and families who lack the financial resources to maintain stable housing. Supply donations will also be collected at the sale. Check back for a list of supplies needed.
Sharing our Surplus (SOS) Campaign
This is a new initiative to raise money for MCC’s work with Syrian refugees. The goal is to double the amount raised in 2016 by generous cash, check and credit card giving in addition to supporting the auction and the sale of food and other items. A special table will be set up Friday evening, September 29, and all day Saturday, September 30, to receive such donations for MCC war and famine refugee relief, in addition to the “My Coins Count” project (formerly Penny Power).
Harvey Yoder, who is spearheading this initiative, encourages relief sale attendees to think of giving in the spirit of Jubilee—”over and above our regular tithes and offerings, and not result in decreased giving elsewhere.” In his blogpost about the initiative, Yoder goes on to challenge us to “willingly become poorer for Christ’s sake.” Right now you have plenty and can help them; then at some other time they can share with you when you need it (2 Cor 9).