Newton Et Cetera Shop is a non-profit thrift shop with a mission to provide quality, affordable, recycled merchandise to the community; encourage volunteerism, stewardship and recycling; and benefit the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Mennonite Central Committee works around the world to meet basic human needs and promote peace and justice. Since opening in 1976, Newton Et Cetera Shop has donated over $2,000,000 to MCC.
Newton Et Cetera Shop also designates ten percent of its annual proceeds for use in the local community, to support efforts that help people in need in the Newton area. In 2013, over $17,000 was awarded. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for grants from the Et Cetera Shop 2014 Local Giving Fund.
Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Hold legal non-profit status 2. Operate out of and serve at least one of the following local communities: Newton, Hesston, Goessel, Moundridge, Whitewater, Elbing, Halstead, Walton 3. Operate in a manner consistent with MCC’s mission and principles (They need not have a religious affiliation.) o MCC priorities: disaster relief, sustainable community development, justice and peacebuilding o MCC approach: addressing poverty, oppression and injustice; accompanying partners in a process of mutual transformation; building bridges to connect people and ideas; caring for creation o MCC values: seeking to live and serve justly and peacefully in each relationship, incorporating listening and learning, accountability and mutuality, transparency and integrity 4. Be willing to provide volunteer support and information at Local Giving Day event. Based on Et Cetera Shop’s 2013 proceeds, five or more grants of up to $5000 each will be awarded.
Applications must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2014. Applications will be reviewed by the Newton Et Cetera Shop staff and board, and awardees will receive notification by May 9.
Access or print a pdf of the Local Giving Application here.