I have volunteered twice. The first experience was a little tedious: counting washcloths and other items as part of an inventory. The most recent experience was much more enjoyable: actually putting items together as part of a package. Bother experiences gave me the opportunity to work with volunteers from other organizations and not just those who came with me.
The staff are amazing! I give them kudos for working with a wide variety of volunteers, and I totally support their mission objectives.
My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the collaboration and teamwork at Midwest Mission. We were blessed to be a part of their work.
What a wonderful mission! Helping so many in disaster areas. A great place to volunteer. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable.
I love how the Midwest Distribution Center reaches people all around the globe. The people that work there have a servant attitude. I just need to make time in my schedule to go & help more often.
Volunteering at MMDC since 2004, my passion for its mission only grows. It is a totally debt free NGO with ingrained friendliness and compassion. The best way to donate is via suggested options on www.midwestmission.org. ‘Go there’ and be a part of our family.
My initial response to this email of supplies to the Bahamas along with thousands of food packages prepared is “precious.”
It is so because the Bahamas relief effort combines the corporate world with the church as well as individual efforts. It shows an alive and vibrant and united staff along with the creative leadership at MMDC.
It I precious because the different age groups and their smiles represent the joy of serving others as Jesus Christ came to serve us.
It is precious because Christ is first and allowed to coordinate in His providence help, support, preparation and delivery to those in need through this one ministry.
It is precious because finances are handled frugally and wisely with God providing all income up front! In doing so He honors the ministry.
As a retired minister having served voluntarily some time each week for 8 years I always knew it was time well spent because it is a ministry that is precious to establishing our Lord’s “Kingdom of Love”on earth.
As a new pastor I am always looking for ways to help my congregation have hands-on missionary opportunities. Two weeks ago seven of my church members and I served at the Midwest Mission Distribution Center. Some, like Jeanne Miller (photo, left) put school desks together--using power tools for the first time ever! Some worked on Personal Dignity Kits. Some worked on bicycle repairs. Everyone came home saying how much they learned about the MMDC's worldwide and local outreach in Jesus' name, and how much they looked forward to participating again next month!
They provide needed services to small town that are not close to a metropolitan area. Our church sponsors a food bank that receives items from a Midwest. Without them, we would struggle providing for our community, in which 19% or the residents live below the state poverty level.
They help so many people with their services. They make volunteering easy and fun. I’ve volunteered with a group from work, which was well received by all... doing something for others and having a great time doing it. Our church also receives food from them to distribute at our community food pantry. It’s continues to be a fantastic partnership.
I worked with a team assembling flood buckets, making school kits, repairing sewing machines, building desks and whatever else needed to be done. I also met someone who was on the receiving end of the buckets and school kits. When I asked them how they used the school kits, they shared that the children needed something to do while they wait ~ wait for the water to recede, wait for school to start again, wait for the electricity to come back on, etc. A HUGE joy was being able to pray for the different kits made that particular day. Prayers for the shipments heading out and for the receivers is always done. What a blessing to be able to help and to hear how these supplies are used!!! Thank you MMDC for the chance to help others.
I volunteered at MMDC last week. They are great stewards of all donations. They are efficient and prepared and always in awe of how God uses them. Midwest Mission Distribution Center is very effective!
It is such a blessing to serve at an agency that finds a place for everyone to serve. Assembling many sorts of projects: school, health, cleaning, sewing, infant layettes, school desks from old bleachers. When you come here, they will put you to work. And literally touch the world literally. And you meet folks from throughout the US. You go away feeling so appreciated and you know you have made a difference in the lives of persons in need.
Facilities and accommodations are good, staff are very helpful and upbeat, excellent information spots along with each break. Very impressed with the caring efforts represented at MMDC and the variety of their partnerships with other mission agencies gives one the sure knowledge that God is at work at MMDC.
This is a well organized and God centered nonprofit that filled my heart with joy in knowing all the little things being done there are making a huge difference for many in this world!!!
MMDC is the the dealing center of its kind in the Midwest. The staff creates a warm, energetic place for volunteers who prepare disaster response supplies, school desks, school kits, bicycles, sewing machines, and other supplies for shipment domestically and internationally.
I volunteered a few years ago. It was a very rewarding experience. The staff was very supportive and accommodating to some special needs of our group.
We were told where our projects were going and how they would help the recipients. They were organized from day one of the 5 day stay. I was impressed that even “throw away” objects can have a beneficial use.
They are committed to helping those in need. Their dedication and compassion are inspiring.
Helped us at the mission for the last 4 years and it is a rewarding experience. They run the mission outreach with a positive goal in mind. They have helped thousands of people in the USA and in other countries. I have also done sewing at home and took the items to the mission were they distributed them where needed. This year has been very trying because of all the flooding, weather related distraction and wild fires. They put God first and humanity second. Were there is a need they respond. Nothing that is donated is thrown away. If it can’t be used in one place it will go somewhere else. All the packing material is also recycled.
i am happy MMDC has a camping area so that my tall husband does not have to sleep In a bed not suited to him. The place is organized and efficient. There is great fellowship. We took the MMDC truck to Michigan for donations. Great to see the response to this wonderful charity.
My husband and I appreciated having the opportunity to make desks, sew, count items, plane wood, and put together a variety of kits -- all within a week's time! Many people send items to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center, but it's time well spent to go work at the site, too. Besides collecting more items for them, we're already signing up to work next year. To top it off, my husband drives trailer loads of collections from our Conference to the Center.
My wife and I have both volunteered at MMDC for several years. They are very good at providing hands-on involvement for people of all ages and they really attempt to make every donation count. They distribute locally, regionally and internationally and work really well with other organizations.
From assembling flood buckets to be used after disasters to putting together health kits, this is the place to be. No matter if you are the donator or the one working on site, you are making a difference in this world.
I volunteer with a group from Nebraska. I go every April. This is a great organization doing great things. It’s amazing how they have all of the connections they do besides UMCOR to send goods all over. Amazing staff working there as well. Very caring people. Have jobs for everyone whether standing or sitting. Always look forward to going back. Enjoy the updates they put on Facebook and the monthly newsletters.
Practical knowledgable people getting real aid to people who can use the assistance. They understand the logistics and the other problems that can be almost insurmountable in getting aid to people around the world. They do great work, effectively.
MMDC provides help to people all over the world! They take both large and small donations that will help people make a decent living, protect their health and property, and give hope.
We took a group of 7th and 8th graders out to volunteer on Columbus Day. The staff was very organized and helpful. We helped unload a truck full of mattresses that were delivered to an orphanage in Honduras. Fabulous organization, and great place to volunteer!
Was a great experience! I mended sheets and blankets, Cleaned sewing machines and helped put together school bags. We would finish a project return from break and everything would be ready for the next project. Very efficient staff!
Midwest Mission Distribution Center makes careful and generous use of the resources they receive, whether they be volunteers’ time and skill or donated items or monetary donations. No matter what skills volunteers have, the staff kind find jobs for them. Many volunteers have various disabilities, but all can help. God truly blesses and multiplies the work of this mission!
They were very pleasant to work with, and were very efficient in their use of time. Always serving with a most friendly attitude.
I have had the opportunity to help with organization multiple times over the past several years and always walk away amazed by the work that they do and the level of attention the staff puts into each project. There are multiple fun and rewarding projects to help with for any and everyone.
I have volunteered twice now at Midwest Mission and it has been a great experience both times. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The facility is clean and well kept. Their mission to help others goes above and beyond expectations. I highly encourage others to give some of their time or resources there.
My husband and I volunteer at Midwest Distribution and love it! The facility is very clean, and orderly. The staff is well organized and clear concise directions are given volunteers regarding the project you are assigned
The Executive Director, Chantel ,interacts with the volunteers and shows us video clips and correspondence from the recipients receiving the items we pack...This makes our experience so much more personal!!
We are amazed at the enormity of the number of products shipped to needy people throughout the U.S. and all over the world.
So many people benefit from this wonderful mission outreach... from volunteers to recipients!
My husband and I drop off buckets and school supplies when we pass through Central Illinois. We are very proud to support this valuable organization that serves the local and world community.
What a great place! This mission does so much for people locally, nation-wide, and internationally! There is something for everyone to do no matter what their age or ability level. Everyone at the mission are working to be the hands and feet of Jesus along side of the volunteers. This was such a great experience for me as well as those I brought with me. We were able to meet others as well so we were not the only ones there working. I strongly encourage everyone to check this place out! If you are unable to volunteer, support them financially. You never know, you may be the one needing help one day.
MMDC is a wonderful organization for our church to donate our time and money! They are awesome to work with and we always leave feeling like we have done the Lord's work in a small way!