Sixteen years ago, my wife and I, both newly retired, were looking for location to volunteer. We tried M25M and stayed. The opportunity to serve to, to stay in Cincinnati and the people we met early on (Wendell and Anita), all contributed to our decision of volunteering. Of primary importance was the Matthew 25 parable, “what you did for these, the least of my brothers, you did for me.” My wife has since passed away; I have never regretted the decision we made sixteen years ago.
I love volunteering at Matthew 25 Ministries because I always have something to do. My most favorite person at Matthew 25 Ministries is Mary in station 1. She keeps me on my toes!
Matthew 25 does an amazing job of helping the poorest of the poor and those in need, after disasters - providing hope to so many people in many different countries!
By giving of your time, talents, prayers and donations, it's always an easy, awesome way to get involved - Both locally and globally.
I can't speak highly enough about my experiences with Matthew 25 - whenever I finish volunteering, I feel empowered and ready to give even more of myself.
Just returned from a mission trip to Haiti with M25. Couldn't have had a better time serving with friends at an orphanage and multiple medical clinics. I wouldn't miss this mission trip and will go whenever asked and however many times. M25 has done so much in Haiti since the earthquake and continues to do even more. I will continue to be part of M25 in any mission they need help whether here or abroad but most especially in Haiti.
I recently had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Haiti and can't wait to go back. What M25 does for the orphanage that we visited was tremendous and that's just a small portion of what they do there. The people they help, touch and minister to is more than I can put into words. I will continue to support M25 in every way I can and will continue to go on missions as long as I'm allowed to participate.
I first started coming to Matthew 25 Ministries in the fall of 2011. I was looking for somewhere I could serve the Lord by helping the least of these. After volunteering just one day, I knew I had found my place to serve the Lord. I am amazed at the work they do at home and around the world. I am amazed at the amount of donations they receive from large corporations. I'm proud to work for an organization that has consistently been rated one of the best non-profits. The amount of each dollar that goes directly to aid is astounding. I have made great friends during my four years there. I work on Station 4, and all of us ladies who work there care greatly for one another, and we care greatly about the work we are doing. Working in this environment can seem like abstract giving, but as I am folding, rubber-banding, packing each item, I try to think about the person who has nothing who might receive this item. It makes me smile. Once, I actually saw on the evening news from Haiti a dress that I had packed several of a month or so before. It was so exciting to see on television something that we were packing at M25M and now someone was proudly wearing that dress. I intend to keep working at M25M for as long as I can, doing as much as I can to serve those with the very least. This is great organization, made up of a great bunch of very dedicated people, both employees and volunteers. I am honored every time that I can go there to serve.
My mother in law (Betty Morgan) and I have been volunteering together at Matthew 25 for many years. We enjoy our time together and we have become great friends with many people who work and volunteer there. We are so glad to be helping this wonderful charity that helps the poorest of the poor.
After retirement I was looking for a way to give back to society for the luck that I had in raising my six kids. I worked for 41 years as a Bricklayer and instructor for our Local's Apprenticeship program. I wasn't ready to just sit in a rocker and quit and I had always made a deal with my maker to let me stay healthy and be able to raise my kids and provide for them as i thought necessary and I felt that I accomplished it, so now it was my time to pay back. I chose Mathew 25 to volunteer for because I had heard what a wonderful job they do for the people in most need. That my time w/ them would go for a good cause. I have enjoyed my 1 1/2 years that I've been volunteering there,I have met some wonderful people. Now my wife is retired and she too has begun to volunteer along with me.
I had lost all enthusiasm for serving the Lord after someone very close to our family was the victim of a terrible crime. Daily prayers were going up for that person’s safety. For God’s own reason safety was denied. My reaction was service withheld. My wife kept telling me that I mad at God. I kept denying it. She was right, of course.
The situation eventually got so bad for me spiritually that I was praying King David’s prayer of the Psalm 51:12, “Restore unto me the joy of the salvation.” God’s is merciful. His answer was Matthew 25 Ministries.
Our church had an outdoor Sunday morning service scheduled, turned out to be in the middle of a hot dry spell. We are in our 70’s so we decided to visit the Church of M25M. We had followed the progress of M25M through the Cincinnati Enquirer from its inception. Its rapid growth convinced us that God’s hand must be in it and would take this week to check it out.
After service we were given a tour of the facilities. The breath of the operation, to us, was almost unbelievable, certainly unexpected. The Global Village was, as it was then, an emotional experience still felt today. We have not been back to our old church since.
The following week I started volunteering, I thought, maybe a couple of hours a day, a couple of days a week. The second day as I walked out the door after my two hours I realized I was smiling and whistling. Wait a minute!! Was I happy?
Over the past few years seeing high school groups who choose M25M to fulfill their public service hour's requirements, has given me a new perspective on the teen culture of our country quite contrary to that I had formed based on mass media. The same should be said of busloads of student that come great distances from colleges and universities. There are wonderful companies that permit employees to donate time during the working hours as well.
The employees of M25M and the volunteers I have worked with over the few years are the finest people, as a group, I have known in my life. God has certainly restored the joy of His salvation to overflowing my permitting me to service Him by serving others, the poorest of the poor. I am so thankful to God that, as a volunteer, I can be a very small part of what He is doing for the world through Matthew 25 Ministries.
Matthew 25 is an amazing organization and a true blessing to those in need. It solicits and receives a multitude of things that individuals and businesses no longer need and/or throw away. With many volunteers and a lean staff, those things are efficiently, effectively and compassionately given to those in need. As a volunteer, I don't feel that my work there is really work. It's more like a mission, and it makes me feel good to help. I usually leave there physically tired but spiritually inspired.