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Causes: International

Mission: The mission of Matthew 25: Ministries is to fulfill Matthew 25:34-40 by providing nutritional food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, shelter to the homeless, medical care to the ill, and humanitarian supplies to prisoners. "As you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:40).

Results: Thank you to everyone who supports Matthew 25: Ministries' work with the poorest of the poor! With the generous support of our volunteers and donors, Matthew 25 distributed record-breaking amounts of humanitarian aid to the poorest of the poor in our community, our country and our world in 2011. THANK YOU for being a part of our work! In 2011, Matthew 25: Ministries: •Shipped 621 forty-foot containers of humanitarian aid and disaster relief. •Shipped more than 13 million pounds of desperately needed supplies (20% of these products stayed in the U.S.). •Helped more than 15 million people in Greater Cincinnati, throughout the United States and around the world. •Responded to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan, tornadoes in the southern region of the United States, and flooding in Nicaragua and other parts of Central America. •Celebrated 20 years of service and shipped our 100 millionth pound of aid. •Was ranked #1 by Forbes and Charity Navigator for efficiency. •Produced 3,324,265 meals in our Food Processing Center, 1 million of which went to Japan.

Programs: Humanitarian Aid Organization Matthew 25: Ministries is a humanitarian aid organization that helps more than 11 million people around the world each year and sends more than 10 million pounds of aid such as food, personal care items, medical supplies, and other products to the poorest of the poor. We work with corporations, organizations and individuals to provide much needed aid to the poor and fight against world poverty . Our HUMANITARIAN RELIEF Products Matthew 25: Ministries provides humanitarian relief to the poor by collecting product donations from corporations, organizations, and individuals. With the help of our volunteers, M25M evaluates, categorizes, sorts, and processes these donated items before shipping them to those in need. These steps ensure that the products meet social, legal, and cultural requirements of the area. The donated items range from personal to community supplies, food, clothing, and medical aid. These donations help those in impoverished areas of Greater Cincinnati, throughout the U.S. , and around the world. Our Humanitarian Aid Partners In order to reach as many people as possible, Matthew 25: Ministries partners with non-profit organizations in the recipient location. This helps keep costs down. Through these relationships we ensure that donated goods are shipped to places with true need and distributed by people who are familiar with the area. Matthew 25: Ministries works with more than 20 organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area, groups throughout the United States including Appalachia and the American Indians, and in over 35 countries worldwide. Disaster Response In disaster situations, time is a precious commodity and implementing an effective disaster response is critical. Matthew 25: Ministries is constantly monitoring its readiness to meet the needs of a sudden disaster. This includes maintaining the facilities and resources needed, as well as being ready to engage disaster relief volunteers from the local community who want to help provide relief to the victims. Disaster Support Process In order to provide the most effective disaster support possible, supplies must be sorted prior to being shipped. When aid products reach the devastated area, they need to be ready for immediate distribution. Matthew 25: Ministries ships only pre-sorted, pre-processed items that are culturally and seasonally appropriate to the disaster area. This ensures that the products will bring relief to the victims instead of creating additional work for the responders in the area. According to UNDRO (United Nations Disaster Relief Organization), "The impulsive generosity of governments, organizations, and individuals alike can cause as much chaos and confusion as the disaster itself." Natural Disaster Relief Matthew 25: Ministries has responded to a wide variety of natural disasters including cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, windstorms, and droughts. Most recently, Matthew 25: Ministries has been shipping disaster relief products to Japan in response to the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.

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89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Linda Morgan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We really enjoy volunteering and working with all the other volunteers and staff. We love to come in every Wednesday. Also, we really love the food prepared by Chef Patty. doing the Christmas trees every year has also been one of the highlights of volunteering here. We really miss Ryan.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for IRS for over 20 years in the receiving business and it wasn't until I turned my heart to advocate for others in their time of need that life began to mattered most. I realized its not always about being skillful or ingenious or knowing Plato's promise as much as it is to know someone cares. Care is a level of compassion that supersedes an abundant of riches that never secures the hurt, crisis or situation. Caring is priceless. I wanted to find an outreach that young children ages 4 and up could work, explore and see the results and /or impact they made in the world. I wanted to find an outreach where entire families could work together to help encourage, restore and impact another families. Matthew 25:Ministries made it all come together. 6 small churches make up the Tri-City Fellowship Team, 6 small churches with abundant hearts, willing hands and compassion coming together helping others in need. Working at Matt25Min is like the clouds parting to display a Sunny day. Beautiful!. It's all the intended will of mankind, helping, sharing, just give..... and it shall be given in great and bountiful blessings. WOW! Need to pay it forward, come on over to Matt25Min. I'll be HERE waiting on you! Ruby

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering and my favorite thing at Matthew 25 Ministries would have to be the staff. I love coming to see them every week!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired from Humana Insurance 3/31/2013. I heard about M25M and started working there on 5/20/2013, the day the tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma. I met Lu in Station 4 working Avon clothing and shoes and we just "clicked". We had a lot in common in our personal lives and were both workaholics. We have been together ever since and I have to tell you that my heart is with Matthew 25: Ministries. I work three days per week and really enjoy myself. I know that I give back working there, but take away so much more in the satisfaction of helping others all around the world. I have made many friends, reconnected with people I went to school with years ago, and advertise M25M to all who are looking for something substantial to do with their lives. Employees are fantastic and they do everything in their power to provide a good, religious oriented experience for all to share. If I was a little younger, I would actually apply for a paid position with M25M because I am that happy looking forward to coming there all the time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy working with the other volunteers that come in. I have developed friendships from volunteering at Matthew 25: Ministries. It also gives me purpose since I have retired.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Matthew 25 Ministries is a great organization because they will effectively use you as a volunteer whether you can give a couple hours once a year or show up every week. There are a variety of tasks you can do for varying levels of physical ability. The staff are always appreciative because volunteers are essential to processing the volume of products Matthew 25 receives. So whether you'd like to volunteer every day of the week or just once or a few times a year, there is a spot for you at Matthew 25 Ministries.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful paid staff that always makes you feel welcome and makes you want to come back. Wonderful leadership that is always in tune with the needs of the needy and less fortunate

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at M25M for several years. Last year I was fortunate to be part of the mission trip to West Virginia. A few months ago, I was honored to be asked to become a member of their Volunteer Ambassador program. In addition to doing such wonderful and important work serving the needy, it is the most "volunteer-friendly" organization with which I have worked. So many people want to help and they don't know where to go, If you are one of those, I recommend you get a group together and sign up for a Saturday morning, or just come in un-announced on a Saturday afternoon at 1:00 sometime. If you do, you will find it to be very rewarding and fun experience and I know you will come back often.

Heather92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Matthew 25: Ministries is one of the most outstanding organizations with which I've had the privilege of working. The nonprofit is truly committed to its mission, helps major companies provide a charitable outlet to their employees, is well organized and staffed with wonderful people. I've had the honor of working with them on several occasions and everyone is always super responsive and their commitment to serving the poorest of the poor is evident. My 8 year old daughter even chose to spend her birthday volunteering there. I hope they keep up their good work for decades to come.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Matthew 25: Ministries through my company, which is a major contributor of clothing, first aid supplies, fabric and other items that the company no longer has a business use for. It has always amazed me how M25M finds value for every possible item that is discarded AND operates at an efficiency that allows 99% of all cash and in-kind donations to go towards programs. In 2011, I was able to experience the magnitude of M25M's direct impact on the poor by accompanying a team from M25M to Haiti. It was a life-changing experience and I look forward to returning again this year to distribute desperately needed clothing and medical care. In short, the world is a better place because of Matthew 25: Ministries and Cincinnati is lucky to be home to such an amazing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization. Ive been impressed with Matthew 25 since I've started volunteering for them. Last year, I ran the 5k and it was such a different energy than most other 5k's I've participated in. Everyone was there to support the organization and there was such a feeling of pride for M25M. It was so great. This year, Ive had the opportunity to travel with them on one of their mission trips and I'll just tell you, after seeing some of the inner workings of the organization I am more impressed still! M25M is a wonderful non profit and they are very good at what they do. From what I witnessed, the people that work with M25M, are also proud to be a part of the team and to me that speaks volumes. I will continue to volunteer and would love to travel on more of their mission trips.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! I have volunteered here several times over the years and participated in there 5K run. I am continually impressed by the professionalism and friendliness. Everything they do is very well organized and people of all ages can volunteer in some way! I have also had the pleasure of learning more about what M25M does and consistently see them operating with integrity, love, and compassion. Keep up the wonderful work you do aiding the poorest of the poor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Matthew 25: Ministries is such a wonderful organization from the staff , volunteers, the facilities and their great big hearts! We are very blessed to have such an organization locally and I love volunteering there and being a part of a great cause to make the world that much better. M25M = Kindness, plain and simple.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family recently went on Matthew 25's annual trip to WV, it was amazing! We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be able to serve together as a family. We were so impressed by M25's organization and the passion they have for serving the children in the area. We loved helping the school and helping with the camp and the kids. It was truly a great experience and we hope to return next year. Great job M25, you all rock!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a mission trip with M25M recently to West Virginia to do maintenance work on two schools. This is the 11th year for M25M to help with one of the two schools, the second school they have recently taken on. The work they have done and continue to do help with keeping this school open. The children who attend benefit immensely from the hours of time the volunteers put in. It's AMAZING what M25M has accomplished. It was exhausting but every minute and sore muscle was worth it.
M25M is, in my opinion, a very well run charity organization. When donating your time or money or both, you have the comfort in knowing that every minute and every dime is going where it should - to help those in need.
I can't wait to go back to WV and continue helping. Trust in a charity organization is a must and M25M is the most trustworthy charity organization I've had the pleasure of being involved with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Matthew 25 is an amazing organization! I just spent a week with them in the Appalachia helping a needy school. We did maintenance work inside and outside the school building and helped run a day camp for the students. I witnessed first hand how these children have been touched by Matthew 25. I met some wonderful volunteers and I can't say enough about the Matthew 25 staff, they are simply the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! Just came back from an Appalachia mission trip to WV and had a wonderful experience. So much work and love put into maintenence of 2 schools and an educational day camp for the kids. Sign me up for next year already so I can hug those kiddos some more!