My Coins Count
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 2, or to any branch of Park View Federal Credit Union the week before the sale. 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.
- $3 provides a student textbook
- $30 provides 10 textbooks
- $50 supplies one school with chalk
- $90 supplies a classroom with books
Sharing our Surplus (SOS) Campaign
SOS Committee Launches “Hundreds for Hundreds” Campaign
Last year’s SOS (Sharing Our Surplus) effort brought in $47,406.29 in monetary donations for MCC’s refugee outreach programs around the world. The SOS committee has launched a “Hundreds for Hundreds” initiative to celebrate MCC’s 100th anniversary and in light of extraordinary needs worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn that has greatly reduced revenue for MCC’s programs.
Most of the committee’s efforts are focused on promoting giving generously online, but they are also planning a two-mile “Hundreds For Hundreds” SOS Walk in Harrisonburg at 6 pm on Sunday, August 29, 2021, as a family-friendly fundraiser. Those who prefer not to do a public walk can get sponsors and/or contribute personally for a walk at a time and place of their choosing. For more information visit the Refugee SOS Facebook page or contact Mark Keller at [email protected] or 540-434-4535.
Credit card contributions to the SOS initiative can be made at any time by donating online. Checks should be made out to “Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale,” with SOS in the memo line. The mailing address is Relief Sale, 601 Parkwood Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 (the Virginia Mennonite Conference Center).
Over a four year period SOS has helped raise a total of over $147,000 for MCC’s refugee relief programs. We hope this year will see the greatest outpouring of generosity yet.
Here’s a link to a blog post by SOS chair Harvey Yoder on this challenge. The SOS committee has no overhead, so every penny donated goes to the cause of refugee outreach.