For the third year in a row, the Newton Et Cetera Shop is preparing to give a portion of its profits to local nonprofit groups. In 2013, Et Cetera’s local giving awards totaled over $17,000, and in 2014 $25,000 was granted. The amount set to be given in May 2015 is $33,000.
Qualified organizations are encouraged to apply for grants from the Et Cetera Shop 2015 Local Giving Fund. Applicants must hold legal nonprofit status, operate out of and serve Newton, Hesston, Goessel, Moundridge, Whitewater, Elbing, Halstead, or Walton, and operate in a manner consistent with MCC’s mission and principles. They need not have a religious affiliation. Organizations are expected to provide information about their work and an outline of how money granted would be put to use.
Et Cetera Shop has been a part of downtown Newton since 1976. Its mission is to provide quality, affordable, recycled merchandise to the community; encourage volunteerism, stewardship and recycling; and benefit the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the local community. Mennonite Central Committee works around the world to meet basic human needs and promote peace and justice. Since opening, Et Cetera Shop has donated over $3,000,000 to MCC. Most of Et Cetera’s work is done by volunteers.
“Our 240 volunteers make Et Cetera Shop the special place it is,” says Cynthia Linscheid, general manager. “Day after day, they are smiling and ready to do whatever needs to be done. Et Cetera’s mission wouldn’t go forward without their dedication and hard work, and it is their energy that has made it possible for us to once again increase our local giving.”
Applications LocalGivingApp2015 should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 10, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by the Newton Et Cetera Shop board, and awardees will receive notification by mid-May.