MCC Centre Capital Campaign
In 2013, Mennonite Central Committee BC purchased 8 acres of land on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford with plans for a building to accommodate the Furniture & More Thrift Shop, the Abby East Thrift Shop, the Marshall Road offices, the Material Resource Centre, and more.
Construction of the MCC Centre was completed in late September, opening its doors for business in early October.
The property will provide adequate space for long-term growth for the thrift shops and offices, ample parking for staff, volunteers, and thrift customers. By purchasing land and having our own building, previous rent payments for the two Thrift Shops go toward the new building cost and will reduce costs in the long term. More room for retail space and parking will result in increased Thrift sales. It is projected that net income from thrift sales will increase by $21 million within 20 years, which will help increase MCC ministry worldwide.
The Common Place Café offers great food and cheerful and efficient service, all while supporting the work of MCC around the world – all proceeds from the café go toward the local and international work of MCC!
The new Ten Thousand Villages location in the MCC Centre has added a rich flavour and insight into the work of MCC overseas, and the stories of self-reliance and dignity in many countries where MCC serves. Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America, selling artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe.
The MCC Centre Thrift Shop combines two previous thrift shops into one convenient location. With more retail space and more checkout tills, your thrift shopping experience will be more enjoyable and more efficient! This will help expand MCC’s reach in our own communities and around the world, allowing us to respond to basic human needs and work for peace and justice.
You might consider giving a one- time gift or pledging a gift on a monthly or annual basis. Perhaps you have funds that are earning a low amount of interest that you could loan to MCC interest-free. Other types of property and assets can also be donated such as stocks, mutual funds, bonds, real estate – land, residence, or rental properties that will be converted to cash.
This project not only needs financial resources, it needs human resources as well. You might consider volunteering at one of our Thrift Shops or at our Material Resource Centre. For all of these resources, we depend on God to provide. Your prayers are welcomed and encouraged as we rely upon God to guide us in this exciting new venture!
Gifts of publicly traded securities, mutual funds, and bonds can be transferred to MCC BC and the proceeds designated to the building project. Gifts of real estate such as farmland, rental property, and residences can be donated with the understanding that they will be sold for cash and the proceeds designated to the building project. For more information and details on how it can be done, contact Gerd Bartel firstname.lastname@example.org at 604-850-6639.