About newtonetceterashop

A community thrift shop in the heart of downtown Newton, Kansas.

Now hiring: Bilingual Sorter/Receiver

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The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a bilingual sorter/receiver for 20-30 hours/week. The sorter receives and sorts donations, focusing on clothing; assists Spanish-speaking customers and donors; and helps to translate documents. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton) or via​ e-mail​ at generalmanager@newtonetceterashop.com​. Applications​ are due Monday, August 14, 2017, and can be submitted in person to the general manager or by e-mail.

Job Opening: Donations Manager

IMG_0370The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a Donations Manager for 30-40 hours/week. The manager, in cooperation with the management team, receives and processes donations; trains and supervises volunteers; prepares volunteer projects and work spaces; helps manage the sales floor; and participates in regular system evaluation and store planning. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton) or via e-mail at generalmanager@newtonetceterashop.com. Applications are due Monday, June 12, 2017, and can be submitted in person or by e-mail.

Local Giving grants available for 2017!

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Newton Et Cetera Shop volunteers prepare donated jeans for our hand-loomed rugs

Newton Et Cetera Shop invites applications to their annual Local Giving grant process.

Local Giving grants are made available each spring by the Newton Et Cetera Shop board of directors. Application forms may be downloaded here and must be submitted by e-mail to localgiving@newtonetceterashop.com by April 7, 2017.

More than $20,000 will be awarded to selected groups by June 2017, in amounts up to $5,000.

Applicants for the Local Giving grants must hold legal nonprofit status and operate out of and serve Newton, North Newton, Hesston, Goessel, Moundridge, Whitewater, Elbing, Halstead or Walton.

Applicants do not need to have a religious affiliation or mission, but they must function in a manner consistent with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and be guided by purposes consistent with MCC’s.

Newton Et Cetera Shop is a nonprofit thrift shop with a mission to provide quality, affordable, recycled merchandise to the community; encourage volunteerism, stewardship, and recycling; and benefit the work of MCC and the local community.

Et Cetera Shop was started by volunteers in 1976 as a way of raising money for MCC. Currently more than 230 volunteers are actively involved. Since opening, the shop has donated more than $3 million to MCC.

“In 2012, Et Cetera Shop also began setting aside approximately 10 percent of its proceeds for local community giving,” said Katherine Claassen, Newton Et Cetera Shop board member. “Each spring, we’ve invited qualified organizations to apply for a grant from our Local Giving Fund.

“Since 2012, we’ve given away over $100,000 locally. That’s in addition to about $5,000 each year going to community needs as merchandise vouchers given to local organizations.”

MCC is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.

MCC partners with local organizations and individuals in more than 50 countries around the world. Its priorities include disaster relief, sustainable community development, and justice and peace-building. A detailed description of MCC’s core values, principles, and practices may be found at mcc.org.

For more information about the Local Giving grants, please contact Sara Dick, general manager, Newton Et Cetera Shop, 619 N. Main Street, Newton KS 67114; phone 316-283-9461 or e-mail manager@newtonetceterashop.com. The store is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NewtonEtc/

Job Opening!

The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a Sorter/Receiver for 30 hours/week: The sorter/receiver maintains an active presence in the processing area, in both receiving and sorting donations. He/she will be primarily responsible for sorting through houseware donations, placing items in appropriate price categories, recycling and discarding, as needed.

The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton) or via e-mail at manager@newtonetceterashop.com. Applications are due July 14, 2016, and can be submitted in person or by e-mail.

2016 Local Giving Grant Applications Invited

Newton Et Cetera Shop invites applications to their annual Local Giving Grant process. Local Giving Grants are made available each spring by the Et Cetera Shop board of directors. Applications should be submitted by email to manager@newtonetceterashop.com by April 12, 2016. Over $25,000 in funds will be given to selected groups by June 2016.

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). Since opening in 1976, Newton Et Cetera Shop has donated over $3,000,000 to MCC.

In 2012, Et Cetera also began setting aside approximately ten percent of its proceeds for local community giving. Each Spring since, we have invited qualified organizations to apply for a grant from our 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, guided by purposes consistent with MCC’s (need not have religious affiliation or mission)

MCC Priorities: disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peacebuilding

MCC Approach: addressing poverty, oppression and injustice—and their systemic causes; accompanying partners in a process of mutual transformation, accountability and capacity building; building bridges to connect people and ideas across cultural, political and economic divides; and caring for creation

MCC Values: peace and justice–seeking to live and serve nonviolently; seeking to live and serve justly and peacefully in each relationship, incorporating listening and learning, accountability and mutuality, transparency and integrity

For a more detailed description of MCC’s core values, principles and practices, visit http://www.mcc.org/learn/about/mission

For more information about applying for a Local Giving Fund grant, please contact manager@newtonetceterashop.com.

Et Cetera Shop Grants Funds to Twelve Local Groups

Twelve nonprofit organizations in the Newton area received a combined total of $32,835 in grants from Newton Et Cetera Shop’s Local Giving Fund in May. The awards have been made annually since 2013.

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Volunteers Bill Regehr and Junia Schmidt work in the electronics department at Et Cetera Shop.

Et Cetera Shop, a community thrift store, began in 1976 with a mission to benefit the worldwide relief organization Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). MCC works to meet basic human needs by sending food or material goods to regions recovering from war and disasters. Currently MCC has offices in over 50 countries. Much of their work is done in partnership with other groups.

All items sold at Et Cetera Shop are donated used goods, and the majority of work is done by about 240 volunteers.

In 2012, the Et Cetera Shop board began designating ten percent of the store’s yearly profits for local community needs, and setting these aside in a Local Giving Fund. Since then, including this year’s amount, they have donated $74,000 to local nonprofits.

This year’s winners were selected from 28 applying groups. The organizations selected are Angels’ Attic (Moundridge), Agape Resource Center, Bethesda Home (Goessel), Community Playschool Inc., Free Grace Place (Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston), The Giving Garden (Hesston United Methodist Church), Harvey County Special Olympics, Heartland Pregnancy Care Center, New Jerusalem Missions, Secure Care program (Youthville/Ember Hope), Shared Living Program (Prairie View), and St. Matthews Representative Payee Program (St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Newton).

Many of the groups applying for funding emphasized the critical nature grants and donations play in their program.

“Harvey County Special Olympics is run by volunteers and operates on donations, grants, fundraisers and small assessment fees from the athletes to participate,” said Joey Catherine Schmidt, director of HCSO. “This grant will be used for transportation, food, lodging, and assessment fees for families who cannot afford to pay,” Schmidt added.

Board members feel the Local Giving Fund is one of the key ways Et Cetera Shop gives back to the community.

“Et Cetera wouldn’t be able to continue without the support of the many people who donate quality used items, loyal customers who shop here regularly, and volunteers who give generously of their time and energy,” said board member Pat Schmidt. “We feel strongly that sharing our proceeds with other nonprofit groups in our area is right in line with Mennonite Central Committee’s practice of partnering with community organizations in locations around the world.”

The Newton Et Cetera Shop board designates its Local Giving Fund for organizations with legal nonprofit status operating out of Newton, Hesston, Goessel, Moundridge, Whitewater, Elbing, Halstead, or Walton. Eligible groups are invited to watch facebook.com/NewtonEtc for announcements about the application process and deadlines for next year’s Local Giving Fund grants early in 2016.