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Frequently asked questions

  1. Does MCC continue to feed hungry people?

    Does MCC continue to feed hungry people?
    Yes! It is estimated that the global number of undernourished people has now reached 1 billion. MCC provides food assistance for thousands of families every year in situations of disasters, conflict and chronic hunger. In most cases, MCC purchases food locally in order to support local farmers and to reduce costs. MCC carefully considers the local food preferences of people in the region, so when food is shipped it may be traded for other foods that are a mainstay of the local diet. In addition to meeting immediate food needs, MCC and its partners also continue to work at solving the root causes of hunger, such as poverty, conflict and inequality. In many cases where families are undernourished, an adequate level of food is available in a region, but not everyone has access to it. Learn more about MCC's food work.
  2. Where does MCC get its dollars?

    MCC is supported by the generosity of a wide variety of people and sources. Mennonite and Brethren in Christ supporters provide a significant portion of MCC's income. This includes money raised through relief sales and thrift shops. Other significant sources of income include grants, most coming from the Canadian government.

  3. Does MCC still need people to work and serve in Canada, the U.S. or other countries?

    Yes. MCC needs people to serve in a variety of ways. Across Canada and the U.S., thousands of people join in MCC's work each year, volunteering in thrift shops, relief sales and other efforts. MCC also needs new people each year to join in short- and long-term assignments in various countries around the world, including Canada and the U.S. MCC needs people with various skills and levels of experience, such as nurses, teachers, agriculturists, clerical workers, peace trainers, social workers and warehouse staff. Find current service opportunities.

  4. What happens when I give “where needed most” or don’t designate where a gift should go?

    Gifts to “where needed most” and undesignated gifts help ensure that MCC has the flexibility to respond to urgent needs as they arise, to help build stronger communities in places that don’t often make news headlines and to encourage long-term solutions to relief, development and peace issues. Undesignated gifts also help pay all the other expenses that come with running an organization.

  5. What percentage of MCC's budget is used for administrative overhead?

    In recent years approximately 15 to 18 percent of the MCC budget has gone to provide the support services and structures necessary to carry out the programmatic work of MCC. MCC always strives to be responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us. We also strive to maintain a proper balance between ensuring efficient but effective programming and providing the necessary support services required in a people-intensive organization.

  6. Will my gift make a difference?

    Absolutely! Gifts large and small enable MCC to work with impoverished communities to improve people's lives. Central to MCC’s philosophy is providing resources so communities can develop more opportunities to support themselves. Change often comes in small steps. A success story is one where MCC is no longer needed. Your gift of support is crucial in these efforts. Click here to make a donation to the work of MCC.

  7. Which countries does MCC work in?

    Click here to see a listing of the countries where MCC currently has workers or projects. MCC partners with churches, church-based and nonprofit organizations and local communities to meet local goals.

  8. How does MCC work with churches around the world?

    MCC partners with churches and church-based organizations around the world, working frequently with Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. This reflects MCC's mission as a program of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches.

  9. Does MCC only help Christians?

    MCC works with people and communities in need regardless of whether they are Christian or of another faith or no faith. MCC partners with many global Anabaptist groups, but also works in partnership with communities and organizations of various faiths, including Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim communities and organizations.

  10. How is MCC-supported work monitored?

    MCC takes a number of steps to see that funds are used appropriately and effectively. For example, in its international programs, MCC works in countries and areas for significant periods of time, building long-standing relationships. This basis of trust and common history, along with an intentional assessment of the compatibility between MCC’s values and a partner’s, creates strong partnerships and accountability. Each project that MCC undertakes or supports is carried out after developing a written plan for the project. Plans are developed in partnership with the local implementing organization. MCC assesses all plans to ensure that they fit with MCC values and strategic direction. Regular progress reports are required. These reports, as a normal part of MCC’s annual planning cycle, help MCC to note project successes and to identify challenges that may need to be overcome. Visits and involvement by MCC personnel, plus regular financial audits of programs, contribute to ongoing accountability.

  11. How does MCC determine which disasters to respond to or which projects to pursue?

    MCC responds to disasters through existing partners or by using existing networks to connect with new partners. Priority is placed on regions where MCC already has work and partners. In general, MCC has found that the best way to ensure success is to work with local partners such as churches and community groups. MCC funds projects only after careful consultation with people living in the local community to ensure that local needs and perspectives are given priority.

  12. How does MCC make sure its emergency aid gets to the people who need it?

    MCC aid is given through trusted local partners who know the situation and can best help those in need. In areas where MCC has no workers and where MCC does not have an established relationship with a local group, MCC sends its own workers or asks local church representatives to visit regularly to make sure resources are properly used.

  13. Why is peace so important to MCC?

    MCC addresses peace and justice issues out of a commitment to following Jesus and his way of love. MCC views war and other violent conflicts as a primary cause for hunger and poverty. MCC works at promoting the biblical teaching of peace as a way to address international issues, encourage fellowship in areas of tension, care for the environment, witness to government and assist in the formation of local peacemaking groups. For some peace concerns, such as military conscription and the draft, member denominations have asked MCC to monitor these issues and keep the church informed. Read more.

  14. Do MCC workers share the gospel?

    Yes. MCC workers witness to their Christian faith in both word and deed, striving to live by the lessons of Matthew 25. (I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…) Workers are active in local churches, participating in Sunday school, adult Bible studies and other aspects of the faith community. In non-Christian contexts, MCC workers are respectful but unabashedly Christian, witnessing through the work they do. Many workers have found that their strong Christian identity and commitment to live out their faith can be a point of connection and deeper conversation with people of other faiths who also are devoted to living out their beliefs.

  15. Who are the Mennonites?

    Mennonites trace the origin of their church to the Anabaptist movement in 16th century Europe. They take their name from one of the early leaders, Menno Simons. At the heart of the faith of both is following Jesus in daily living, the importance of Scripture, adult baptism and a commitment to peace and reconciliation. Although many Mennonites in Canada and the U.S. are descendants of European immigrants, a growing number are people of color. More than half the world’s Mennonites live in the southern hemisphere. Read more about Mennonite faith and identity through web resources from Mennonite Church USA or Mennonite Historical Society of Canada.

  16. Why does MCC’s education sponsorship program, Global Family, sponsor schools instead of individual students?

    Community-based education sponsorship gives communities the opportunity to improve the quality of education, while providing access to the classroom for more students. Gifts to Global Family help support student scholarships, nutritious lunches, library materials, school supplies, school fees, uniforms, teacher training, special equipment for students with disabilities and more.

  17. How does MCC relate to government?

    MCC works with the governments of the countries where it serves to obtain registration or whatever documentation is needed to operate there. In doing so, MCC takes care not to make agreements that would hinder following its principles of serving those in need regardless of their race, religion or nationality. MCC also witnesses to governments in Canada and the U.S., calling them to remember the needs of the poor. This witness is rooted in Christian faith rather than a political ideology.

  18. Do only Mennonites and Brethren in Christ contribute to MCC?

    No. While MCC receives strong support from Mennonite and Brethren in Christ individuals and churches, by no means are they MCC's only supporters. Support for MCC's work comes from a wide variety of generous individuals who identify with the mission and values of MCC.

  19. How can I get involved in MCC?