On the Level explores the benefits of being a volunteer

The October edition of On the Level is now available from Men­nonite Disaster Service. In the current issue: Kevin King shares the health benefits of being a volunteer; an old grocery store is transformed near Red Lake, Minnesota; and if you enjoy quilting, knitting or crocheting, you’ll want to learn more about the MDS Housewarmer Project. To read more, go…

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MDS offers yearlong service opportunity

The MDS Yearlong Volunteer Program provides a one-year service opportunity for volunteers to enhance their leadership skills and to help bring people home after disasters. Volunteers serve in a group from August to July at various Mennonite Disaster Service projects, experience multiple cultures and communities across the United States and Canada, and build meaningful relationships with disaster survivors and other…

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Applications pour in for COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund

By Susan Kim GOSHEN, Indiana — Anabaptist churches in the U.S. have submitted more than 200 applications to the new COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund since its launch on April 13, 2020. The great majority of the applications have come from churches serving racially or ethnically diverse communities – congregations whose needs center around lost jobs and income that have led…

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MDS monitors Midwest flooding, plans response

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) officials report that MDS is actively monitoring the flooding across the Midwest, especially in the hard-hit areas of Nebraska and Iowa. Local MDS volunteers are actively responding with cleanup crews in Nebraska. To learn more, including how you can help, see the MDS website: http://bit.ly/MDS2019Flooding.

Lockport Mennonite to host MDS fundraiser

Ted & Co. is bringing its newest event, “Boots, Buckets & Barrows,” to Lockport Mennonite Church in Stryker on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. This event is part theater/part auction, to raise awareness, funds, and volunteers for Mennonite Disaster Service. The event will feature the show The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine, written by and starring Ted Swartz,…

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PeaceLab podcast focuses on hurricane relief

The latest episode of the PeaceLab podcast focuses on Mennonite Disaster Service’s response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas. In this episode, co-hosts Hannah Heinzekehr and Jason Boone talk with Kevin King, executive director of Mennonite Disaster Service. Go to http://bit.ly/PeaceLabMDS to listen.

MDS scheduling volunteers for fall

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is now scheduling volunteers for its fall projects. MDS will be working in the following locations from Oct. 8–Dec. 15: Lake County, California – Wildfires Pine Ridge, South Dakota – Straight Line Winds Lafayette, Louisiana – Flooding Greenbrier, West Virginia – Flooding West Virginia Bridges – Flooding To register to volunteer, go to https://mds.mennonite.net/volunteer-registration.