Special Projects

My Coins Count

My Coins Count is a fun way to raise money for projects of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMMissions). In 2023 the projects will focus on reaching immigrant communities and providing care for refugees. Learn more and download resources from VMMissions.

My Coins Count logo

Collect coins in a container in your church, school, home or business. Bring the containers to one of the following locations:

  • Harmony Square, Dayton or Broadway branch of the Park View Federal Credit Union during the week before the Relief Sale
  • Relief Sale on Friday evening or no later than 9 am on Saturday

The coins are sorted by volunteers and counted in machines from Park View Federal Credit Union, whose staff calculate the total value of each congregation’s coins. Currency and checks are also welcome. Checks should be made payable to “Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale,” designated for My Coins Count.

A few coins plus a few more coins plus a few more coins adds up to a lot of coins! When a lot of coins are put together they can make big changes.

Sharing our Surplus (SOS) Campaign

Donations to Sharing our Surplus (SOS) support MCC refugee relief around the world. Last year’s SOS effort brought in $37,396.15. The SOS committee operates with no overhead, so every penny donated goes for refugee outreach. The group encourages everyone attending the Relief Sale to spend generously on food, auction and other items and then match that with an equally generous monetary gift at the SOS table outside the main auction building.


Credit card or PayPal 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. For those unable to attend the sale, the mailing address of the Virginia Mennonite Conference Center is:

Relief Sale, 601 Parkwood Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Over a five year period SOS has helped raise over $150,000 for MCC’s refugee relief programs. We hope 2023 will see the greatest outpouring of generosity yet.

Here’s a link to a blog post on this challenge.

For more information visit the Refugee SOS Facebook page or contact Mark Keller at mkeller123@gmail.com or 540-820-8287.