In 2020, MCC will celebrate our centennial by planting trees across Canada.
Will you plant a centennial tree for this special occasion?
We’re asking Canadians to give a gift of $10,000 and plant a commemorative tree in their community. These trees will be a visible testament to MCC’s history and new roots for the next 100 years.
Why plant a tree?
- Commemorate - A tree must be strongly rooted in order to grow—we too must remember our roots. Commemorate MCC’s history along with your own. You can also dedicate your tree in honour of a loved one or commemorate a special anniversary or event.
- Celebrate - A tree flourishes when it has everything it needs—a reminder to show gratitude and celebrate your thankfulness by planting a centennial tree.
- Communicate - A tree is visible to the community—a testimony to future generations of your support for MCC. Help us continue to share God’s love and compassion by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.
Ways to plant a centennial tree
- Plant a tree with a family or group - invite friends and family to plant a tree with you in a community space. You could start by donating an initial portion of the total amount and ask others in your group to donate the remainder. Create an online giving registry so others can give online.
- Plant a tree with your church - Congregations may prefer to collect individual contributions and make one donation on behalf of the group.
Tree locations and stories
Find where other commemorative trees have been planted across Canada on this interactive map.
Our centennial projects
Your gift of $10,000 will support displaced people in our special centennial projects. Learn more about the areas your donation will contribute to:
Over the past several years, targeted conflict and violence have forced families to flee Chad. Thousands now live in returnee camps with limited resources. Your donation can help improve access to drinking water and sanitation facilities, provide hygiene and water treatment items, support household waste management, and build awareness of safe hygiene practices in three camps.
Canadians have done so much to help the people of Syria. But there are still many who remain locked inside their homes, listening as bombs explode outside their doors. War has debilitated the country and displaced millions. It’s time for families—especially children—to make a new start. Together, we will stand alongside them to rebuild their lives, develop job opportunities and create spaces for learning.
Imagine fleeing conflict and arriving in a country that’s unfamiliar and unknown. Ecuador, a relatively safe and conflict-free country, is seeing an influx of people who have fled less stable countries, like Colombia. Your donation will help newly arrived parents and children adjust to their new home. Donations provide supplies like mattresses and stoves to assist them in starting small businesses.
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
The violence and death that many Congolese have witnessed are unfathomable: millions of people have been displaced from their homes after decades of conflict. Conflict and chronic political insecurity have also significantly affected food security. MCC will focus on gifts of food, tarps, seeds, tools, medical care and school supplies … all small reminders that these families aren’t forgotten, and hope is possible.
There’s work to be done here at home, too. Did you know that MCC was the very first organization to sign an agreement with the government to allow for the private sponsorship of refugees? That was 40 years and 12,500 resettlements ago. But it isn’t enough. Join us as we increase our support for sponsorship groups who are helping refugees resettle in Canada.
You will receive a bronze plaque in honour of the people you would like to commemorate along with MCC’s Centennial. You can choose what type of tree you want to plant, and MCC will get it delivered and planted for you. You can also choose to plant your tree in Haiti, within MCC’s agroforestry program.
We are here to help you with all these details. Talk to your local MCC contact person or give them a call using the info in the right sidebar.