Lenox's Non-Profit of the Month: Matthew 25: Ministries
Matthew 25: Ministries is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization helping the poorest of the poor and disaster victims locally, nationally and internationally. By rescuing and reusing products from major corporations and manufacturers, Matthew 25: Ministries provides basic necessities, nutritional supplements, educational materials, building supplies, medical care, community development and disaster relief across the US and worldwide.
Disaster relief has been an important part of Matthew 25: Ministries’ work in the last several months. Matthew 25 continues to respond to the damage left behind by domestic and international disasters including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires in California and an earthquake in Mexico.
Matthew 25’s domestic Disaster Response Team deployed on August 29 and traveled the various areas impacted by hurricanes until the end of September. They traveled to locations in Texas, responding to Hurricane Harvey and then transitioned to Florida where they responded to areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. The team distributed initial supplies, provided laundry services, and connected with partners in the area. The Disaster Response Team also responded to the California wildfires with supplies and laundry services.
Matthew 25 sent a medical mission team to Puerto Rico in October that provided medical care and supplies to approximately 900 people, and distributed disaster supplies to approximately 10,000 people. Additionally, more than 30,000 water purifier sachets were distributed (the prepared equivalent of 16 truckloads of water).
Matthew 25’s focus during disasters is typically on moving large amounts of critically needed aid into affected areas for distribution to victims through partner organizations. Matthew 25 works through partners who are local to the recipient area – already established in the recipient location, aware of the needs in the surrounding community and able to get that aid to the people who need it. In 2017, Matthew 25 distributed more than 130 containers of aid to disaster locations including California, Texas, Florida, Cuba, Dominica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and St Croix.
908 containers of aid (more than 16,000,000 pounds) in 2017!
Matthew 25 welcomes volunteers 6 days a week at their Blue Ash facility. Matthew 25 welcomed more than 66,000 volunteers who donated over 160,000 hours of time in 2016.
More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 has been highly ranked on Forbes' list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked among more than 2,500 four star charities on Charity Navigator. Matthew 25 is accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Standards and is listed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's Philanthropy 400. Matthew 25: Ministries is registered in and reports to their home state of Ohio.