MCC’s impact on the East Coast

From Maine to Puerto Rico, MCC staff accompany partners and run programs in the East Coast region that share God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ. 

MCC East Coast programs

From preparing kits to knotting comforters and quilting to baling paper, cardboard and books for recycling, volunteers at the MCC East Coast Material Resources Center in Ephrata, Pa., provide the essential humanpower behind MCC’s ministries. The Material Resources Center (MRC) functions to process and ship quality supplies for MCC both domestically and internationally. The MRC also offers educational opportunities to visitors and volunteers alike. Contact the MRC at 717-733-2847 or to get involved.

Volunteer opportunities are also available at the Material Resource Center of Harleysville (Souderton, Pa.) and Cumberland Valley Relief Center (Chambersburg, Pa.). 

MCC East Coast heeds the call to welcome the stranger among us, providing radical hospitality to immigrants and newcomers through direct service programs and partnerships.

Throughout the East Coast region, MCC staff are available to provide education and resources for congregations interested in raising awareness about immigration-related issues.

In South Florida, MCC East Coast and our partners provide immigration services at minimal fees to members of Anabaptist churches. With the supervision of immigration attorneys, immigration counselors assist church members with:

  • naturalization
  • family petitions
  • adjustment of status
  • replacement or renewal of green cards and work permits.

MCC staff in South Florida share God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by providing low-cost legal services to low-income immigrants residing in the community.

Counselors meet with clients by appointment only. Please contact our offices to schedule an appointment.

Please contact: or (305) 249-3477

The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prison population, according to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

MCC answers Jesus’ call by journeying alongside communities who have been targeted by the mass incarceration system and working toward healing and restoration. We extend care and meet basic human needs through our prisoner care kits that we deliver to those who are incarcerated in Philadelphia.

Learn more and donate prison care kits.

Read about our annual MLK, Jr. Mass Incarceration Day of Service in Philadelphia.

For MCC, young adults are an incredible source of inspiration, challenge and hope. Young adults, ages 18-30, can attend a peace camp, be a Summer Service participant in their local community, serve with Serving And Learning Together (SALT) in an international setting for one year, or intern in one of MCC’s offices. Engage with MCC's International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) by becoming a partner agency or host family. MCC offers young adult programs and service opportunities for all ages in many locations.

Find your place with MCC and join us in sharing God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ, responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. 

MCC staff are available to provide peacebuilding training to pastors, church leaders, Sunday School classes, schools and other groups. Contact to request a speaker or check out our resource, “Peaceful Practices: A guide to healthy communication in conflict.”

Open Arms Network

Open Arms Network, an initiative of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) East Coast’s Southcentral Pennsylvania Program, brings together organizations and congregations to provide a holistic support system to refugees in southcentral Pennsylvania.

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Rolando Flores-Rentas, Southcentral PA Program Coordinator for MCC East Coast, takes a selfie with his daughter and a resettled refugee family from Tanzania who has participated in the Open Arms Network in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in October 2023. MCC photo/Rolando Flores-Rentas

Open Arms Network envisions refugees arriving in southcentral Pennsylvania successfully navigating the resettlement process, enabling them to build and enjoy a full, enriching life in their new environment. Through collaboration and support, we strive to create a network that provides comprehensive assistance, addresses immediate needs and fosters long-term self-sufficiency for individuals seeking a better future for themselves and their family.  

Open Arms Network’s mission is to provide immediate essentials such as food, shelter, clothing and household items, while also extending assistance in education, job training, and mental health support through partnerships with faith-based and humanitarian organizations. We aim to build a strong safety net that helps refugees thrive, contribute and become integral members of communities throughout Southcentral Pennsylvania.

View and download the brochure: English | Spanish

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) East Coast administers the Open Arms Network program. It provides financial and material resources to churches in south-central Pennsylvania that form a Welcome Team to assist a refugee family in their resettlement process. These churches can request a one-time grant per family to help them with the direct expenses of the refugees. MCC funds can be used to purchase household items or anything else the refugee family may need. The MCC can also assist church Welcome Teams by providing quilts, school kits, food boxes and hygiene kits. The MCC East Coast program coordinator can also support Welcome Teams and refugee families by visiting them and connecting them with other resources as needed.

Church World Service (CWS) Lancaster’s resettlement team provides initial welcome and core services like housing, school enrollment, work readiness support and ESL classes to new refugee neighbors. MCC’s partnership with CWS Lancaster through the Open Arms Network invites congregations in southcentral PA to form CWS Welcome Teams that can support refugee families during their resettlement process

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) recruits, organizes and empowers volunteers to repair and rebuild the homes of those impacted by disasters in the United States and Canada. MCC’s partnership with MDS through the Open Arms Network supports churches who wish to house refugees by providing materials and recruiting volunteers to do home repairs on a property that the church already owns or plans to acquire.

Ready to get involved with the Open Arms Network? Complete this form and we’ll reach out to you.

Donate hygiene items and nonperishable food items to MCC. Find a list of food box contents, hygiene kit contents and drop-off locations at and

Donate to MCC at, call 1-888-563-4676 or mail a check (made out to “MCC” with “MCC East Coast Open Arms Network” in the memo line) to MCC, PO Box 500, Akron PA 17501. If donating online, write “MCC East Coast Open Arms Network” in the “Other notes or instructions” box when completing your donation.

Get involved with CWS Lancaster by volunteering on a Welcome Team, renting housing to a refugee family, or donating household cleaning products, kitchen items, small appliances or furniture (in good repair). Visit to learn more. 

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