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Quick facts from Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

What we are and what we do

 Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a nonprofit charitable organization that works in more than 60 countries in the areas of relief, development and peace.

Relief: Meeting people’s immediate needs for survival during times of crisis, such as a hurricane or war, and working toward disaster prevention and mitigation.
Development: Strengthening people’s access to education and sustainable foodwaterhealthcare and livelihoods.
Peace: Teaching peacebuilding and conflict resolutions skills, facilitating dialogue between religions and advocating for justice.

Purpose

A worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, MCC shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.

Who

About 775 people from Canada and the United States, together with 230 people employed in-country, carry out MCC’s work. Overseas, MCC works in partnership with churches, communities, and faith-based and civil society organizations. Every year more than 100 young adults from around the world leave their homes to serve in another country through MCC’s Global Service Learning programs.

Finances

MCC’s financial support comes primarily from individuals and congregations of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in Canada and the United States and also from a wide variety of generous individuals who identify with the mission and values of MCC. MCC thrift shops and relief sales supply about 20 percent of MCC’s $77.6 million budget. Many supporters can meat and donate material resources, such as comforters and relief kits full of supplies, to be sent to people in the midst of crisis. 

Organization

MCC Canada and MCC U.S. jointly operate MCC’s international program. Individually they are responsible for domestic programming and fundraising in each country.

The MCC U.S. office is in Akron, Pa., but staff members also are located in regional offices throughout the U.S., including Fresno, California; Goshen, Indiana; North Newton, Kansas; and Philadelphia.

Advocacy

MCC U.S. advocates with the U.S. government and the United Nations regarding peace and justice issues in countries where we work. Those offices are in Washington, D.C. and New York City.    

History

MCC was formed when representatives of various Mennonite conferences met July 27-28, 1920, in Elkhart, Ind., and pledged to aid hungry people, including Mennonites, in Russia and Ukraine.

Mennonites and Brethren in Christ

Mennonites and Brethren in Christ trace the origin of their denominations to the Anabaptist movement in 16th century Europe. 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.

Terminology we prefer

Please use service workers or MCC workers, not missionaries, to refer to people who serve with MCC in countries outside of Canada and the U.S.

Please use Mennonite Central Committee, not “the Mennonite Central Committee” 

Our tagline:

Mennonite Central Committee:  Relief, development and peace in the name of Christ