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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?

Individual units of MDS volunteers 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.

MDS is also accepting donations for a COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund. We are partnering with Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. to help churches with financial needs as a result of the pandemic. Read more here.

On March 13, 2020, due to COVID-19, MDS suspended the repair and rebuilding of homes in communities across the U.S. and Canada. We will resume responding, rebuilding, and restoring disaster damaged homes once it is safe for our volunteers to do so. Your continued support will help us start things back up— recruiting volunteers, moving equipment, setting up accommodations, replenishing supplies, and many other things needed to get going.

 

Where Else To Help?

On March 13, 2020, due to COVID-19, MDS suspended the repair and rebuilding of homes in communities across the U.S. and Canada. We will resume responding, rebuilding, and restoring disaster damaged homes once it is safe for our volunteers to do so. 

Donate to Where It Is Needed Most 

Funds received in excess of what is needed for a specific disaster response will be applied where needed most.

Donate in US Currency

U.S. residents can mail gifts to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543 or you can donate online.

Donate in Canadian Currency

Canadian residents can mail gifts to Mennonite Disaster Service, 200-600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2J1 Canada or you can donate online.

Donate (CAD) 

As you plan your lifetime gifts, you can name the MDS Legacy Fund as a beneficiary of your estate gifts.

Through the MDS Legacy Fund, you can support under-funded long-term disaster response projects. Often these are the “quiet disasters” – those events that have not received widespread attention or support.

You can designate a gift of any size to the MDS Legacy Fund, at any time.

Ask MDS partners with Everence (Mennonite Church), Mennonite Brethren Foundation, and the Brethren in Christ Foundation to help you explore the planned giving options that are right for your situation.

Through gift planning, you can provide future support for MDS, while also giving you and your loved ones financial flexibility, potential tax benefits and even income for life.

For more information, contact Kevin King, Executive Director at kking@mds.mennonite.net, (717) 735-3536.

How will MDS use my gift?

Your gifts help MDS keep commitments to repair and rebuild homes. Because of you, MDS can say to a disaster survivor, “Yes, your house will be completed before we leave your community.”

Your gifts help cover volunteer costs,including dormitory-style lodging, home-cooked meals, tools, equipment and transportation from a work camp to a house recovery project. Your gift may be used to purchase building materials and supplies, as needed to keep a house recovery project moving quickly toward completion.

Gifts designated to a specific disaster are used for that specific location. MDS operations costs are covered through general contributions, specific gifts and grants given for administrative costs. In recent years, MDS overall administrative overhead is 11.7%.

Mennonite Disaster Service 2018 Audited Financial Report

MDS is a 501 (C)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. MDS receipts all donations regardless of amount.

MDS is a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity and has met all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

All donor information is confidential. No information is shared or disseminated to any company, agency or individual.

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