2018 Local Giving Grant Recipients Announced

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In May, the Newton Et Cetera Shop granted a combined total of $19,000 through their Local Giving Fund to thirteen nonprofit organizations in the Newton area. Since 2013, the Fund has granted a total of $116,000 to local nonprofits.

The organizations selected this year were Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, Camp Mennoscah Association, CASA–A Voice for Children, Community Playschool, Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center, Hesston Community Child Care, K-State Research & Extension Office (Giving Gardens), Moundridge Recreation Commission, New Hope Shelter, Peace Connections, Revitalize Walton, Tabor Mennonite Church Food Pantry, and The Salvation Army.

Many of the groups receiving funds emphasized the critical role that grants and donations play in their programs. “Funds are always needed to buy gift cards for perishable food items for our clients. This grant will go a long way in helping with that,” says Kim Funk, coordinator of the Tabor Mennonite Church Food Pantry.

Michael Unruh, executive director of the Camp Mennoscah Association, says “We are excited to receive grant funding from the Newton Et Cetera Shop and will put grant funds to use so that local youth can have opportunities to grow out at Camp Mennoscah.”

Naomi Reyes, director of Hesston Community Child Care, says “[This grant] is going to come to great use for our playgrounds, along with fostering the gross motor growth of the children we serve. Thank you!”

“Newton Et Cetera Shop proceeds are given to help people in need around the world,” says Newton Et Cetera Shop board president Sharon Wedel. “We also see the various needs in our own community and want to share our proceeds close to home, too. We couldn’t carry out our mission without our volunteers, those who donate items at our back door, and those who stop in to shop. Thank you for helping us help others!”

Newton Et Cetera Shop board designates its Local Giving Fund for organizations with legal nonprofit status operating out of Newton, North Newton, Hesston, Goessel, Moundridge, Whitewater, Elbing, Halstead, and 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 2019.

2018 Local Giving Grant applications available!


Newton Et Cetera Shop invites organizations to apply for their annual Local Giving grants.

Local Giving grants are made available each spring by the Newton Et Cetera Shop board of directors. Application forms may be viewed here and must be submitted by e-mail to localgiving@newtonetceterashop.com by April 13, 2018.

Multiple grants will be awarded to selected groups by June 2018, 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.

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 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/

Now Hiring: Housewares Sorter & Receiver


The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a housewares sorter/receiver for 20-30 hours/week. The sorter/receiver maintains an active presence in the processing area, in both receiving and sorting donations. S/he 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 generalmanager@newtonetceterashop.com. Applications are due Monday, March 5, 2018, and can be submitted to the general manager in person or by e-mail.

Clothing Manager Job Opening

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The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a Clothing Manager for 30-40 hours/week. The clothing manager, in cooperation with the management team, receives and processes donations; trains and supervises clothing and accessory 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.comApplications are due Monday, January 29, 2018, and can be submitted in person or by e-mail.