Central States

Recycling is a big part of what happens in the Warehouse at the MCC Center in North Newton, KS. Annually, we recycle thousands of tons of used clothing, shoes and bags. The recyclables we collect are excess or unsellable items from area thrift shops near Newton, KS.  Volunteers work hard to sort and bale the items. Plans are being made to expand the recycling program to include paper materials, too.

To reduce the amount of resources used to care for the grounds outside our the MCC Center in North Newton we eliminated a large area of Fescue lawn with a big patch of natural prairie. In doing so, we reduced the amount of water used each week (during the summer months) as well as the time and energy required to mow such a big area. In the spring, the prairie gets cut down to allow new growth to start. Each year there are more flowers and the number of birds, butterflies and bees increase too! 

Thanks to the generosity of a donor, we have our first set of solar panels on the roof of the MCC Center in North Newton. 

We're leading by example, showing ways that everyone can care for creation. 

East Coast

The Material Resources Center in Ephrata, Pa., provides a tangible way for volunteers to interact with MCC. It serves as the collection point in the U.S. for receiving, packing and shipping material resources donated by people responding to aid requests from MCC partners internationally and domestically. Volunteers do the hands-on work of the center, including:

  • Sorting and packaging comforters and infant care kits
  • Quality control and packaging of school, relief and hygiene kits
  • Quality control and processing of other resources including canned meat and grocery distributions
  • Producing heirloom-quality quilts sold at area relief sales in the Quilt Room
  • Carrying out recycling and income generating efforts including paper, cardboard and clothing and production of rugs, bags and craft items