MDS COVID-19 Response
In the face of COVID-19, many of us feel helpless. What can we do besides pray and stay home? (As important as that is!) Many would like to do more. But what?
Although MDS’s regular national operations are suspended until fall due to the pandemic, some individual units across the U.S. are stepping up locally to respond to this unique disaster. They are finding creative and resourceful ways to provide support in their communities, such as facilitating the making and distribution of masks during this time of need.
You can help! MDS is accepting donations to provide these units with the resources they need to respond to needs in their communities. For example, funds can be used to purchase fabric to make masks and cover distribution costs. Your donation will help you help others at this challenging time.
*Donations that surpass the need will be used to support other disaster responses.
COVID-19 Congregational Sharing Fund
For every church, the pandemic is a challenge. It is especially hard for smaller churches and especially for racially and ethnically diverse congregations in the U.S.—churches already struggling to find enough resources to do their ministry as in-person services are cancelled and donations fall off. Some fear they may need to close.
In response, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have joined together to launch a COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund to aid churches facing financial crisis due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
You can help! MDS is accepting donations toward the fund, which will assist churches with historic roots or relationships with the Anabaptist faith community. Priority will be given to racially and ethnically diverse churches serving in historically under-resourced communities (i.e. communities and households that are underbanked, underinsured and/or uninsured). Recipient churches may use the grants to assist families and individuals in their midst recover from COVID-19 hardships.
The relief fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 each to support churches that might not have means to recover from this unprecedented global situation. While primarily focused on domestic relief needs, a portion of the fund will support global partners through the Mennonite World Conference Global Sharing Fund.