Updated June 30, 2020
To our valued volunteers, supporters, donors, thrift shoppers, church and faith communities and staff,
One hundred years ago, MCC was born out of faith to respond to the needs of neighbours across the globe. Today, our calling is the same: to share God's love and compassion with all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have scaled up our work to respond to the global crisis, increasing projects related to water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH), local health initiatives and food relief. We are immensely grateful for our loyal supporters and donors who help ensure MCC is there in times of crisis.
As ever, we aim to be wise stewards of the resources entrusted to us. However, due to the new financial realities brought about by COVID-19, MCC has made the difficult decision to implement changes to our programming and operations.
Updates to our international programs
We are sad to share that MCC will be ending programming in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Vietnam and China by the end of March 2021. Administrative oversight of several countries in Africa, South America, the Middle East and West Europe will continue with newly consolidated positions.
With these closures and transitions, at least 13 positions will end in the current fiscal year. MCC is working with each staff member to help them transition well and is grateful for their inspiring commitment to serve.
Cancellation of IVEP in Canada this year
MCC's International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) in Canada has been cancelled for the 2020-2021 year (August through July), including all volunteer placements in Manitoba.
Shifts in domestic work
In the U.S. and Canada, MCC's domestic program faces many of the same challenges as our international work, with uncertain funding and ongoing travel restrictions.
In response, some layoffs – both temporary and permanent – have occurred and open jobs will remain unfilled for the foreseeable future. MCC is also applying other tools to help reduce overall expenses, including employee compensation reductions, deep cuts in travel and training, and additional reductions in multiple budgets.
Throughout these shifts, we are committed to our supporters, church partners and volunteers, and are immensely grateful for the many ways people are choosing to engage with MCC at this time.
For changes in MCC's local and provincial work please keep reading.
Material Resources Centres
Material Resources Centres in Winnipeg and Plum Coulee are closed to volunteers at this time.
Starting June 15, the Material Resources Centre in Winnipeg will open by appointment only for donation drop-offs and sewing material pick-ups.
In order to ensure we are following all provincial health guidelines, we have introduced new procedures for accepting donations or facilitating material pick-ups.
Donations and material pick-ups must be booked by appointment for Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon only. At this time, we are unable to accept donations or facilitate fabric orders outside of these times.
To book your appointment for a drop-off or pick-up, please contact Sophia Bezoplenko by email or phone 204-261-6381.
MCC Thrift shops
Under the current provincial health guidelines, most MCC Thrift shops in Manitoba are open with necessary safety and social distancing measures in place as well as implementing additional shopping and donation guidelines to ensure a safe thrift shopping experience for everyone.
MCC Manitoba's social enterprise Sam's Place, located at 159 Henderson Highway in Winnipeg, is currently open to the public and is operating with necessary public health guidelines in place.
Please note that Sam's Place is currently not accepting book donations.
MCC Manitoba Office Hours
Recently, the Government of Manitoba announced new guidelines under which non-essential businesses may reopen. After evaluating these new guidelines, we have decided that our offices located at 134 Plaza Drive and 159 Henderson Highway will remain closed until after Sept. 7.
While offices are closed, we are unable to accommodate any in-person inquiries from the public. Delivery personnel such as mail couriers will be accommodated as appropriate.
If you need to talk with someone from MCC about an urgent matter, please contact reception at 204.261.6381 and they will direct your call. Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com and someone will respond as they are able.
Ten Thousand Villages
As a precaution for the safety of shoppers, volunteers and staff, Ten Thousand Villages stores in Manitoba temporarily suspended operations in mid-March. As the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolved, Ten Thousand Villages permanently closed two locations Winnipeg. This was in line with the January announcement to close corporate operations of the fair-trade company in Canada.
Two locations, one in Brandon and one in Steinbach, are open, and are operating with reduced store hours and implementing new guidelines from the Government of Manitoba.
Donations are gratefully accepted over the phone at 204.261.6381, toll-free at 1.888.622.6337 or online at donate.mcccanada.ca.
With your support, MCC and MCC Thrift are making a difference in our local communities, while supporting vulnerable people worldwide through MCC's work in relief, development and peacebuilding.
Read about the Four Ways MCC is Responding to COVID-19.
We encourage you to find ways to care for yourself and your neighbours during these extraordinary times.
Resources for social distancing
In a time of uncertainty and social distancing, we want to offer you a selection of resources. Discover a variety of prayers, recipes, cooking videos and colouring pages that may encourage or nourish you in an extraordinary time, including listening to our latest Threads radio show here.