Lenox Non-Profit of the Month: Matthew 25: Ministries

Growth

Matthew 25: Ministries has grown rapidly in recent years, thanks to the generosity of their volunteers and donors. They have received an incredible outpouring of support for their disaster response efforts as well as their ongoing work with the poorest of the poor. As a result, they have been able to grow at an extraordinary rate, increasing distributions by more than 10% in just 2017.

Matthew 25: Ministries now ships more than 16 million pounds of aid a year—over 900 truckloads—helping more than 20 million people throughout the U.S. and around the world each year.

In order to continue reaching more people in need, Matthew 25 will be expanding their facilities in 2018. This multi-faceted expansion will allow them to accept more donations, welcome more volunteers, manufacture more products, and ship more truckloads of aid. More space will allow them to continue helping more people.

 

Matthew 25: Ministries programs fall into four major categories, all of which will benefit from this expansion:

Humanitarian Aid Distribution – providing basic necessities, lifestyle and living improvements, educational enhancements and micro-enterprise opportunities to the poorest of the poor. 

Disaster Relief Services – providing short and long-term relief, recovery and rebuilding support to disaster victims and areas suffering from catastrophic disasters.

Manufacturing – producing, repurposing or reusing donated products and supplies to further enhance distribution activities by increasing supplies of high-demand or high-need items such as paint, notebooks, pencils, sanitary supplies and medicine receptacles.

Special Programs – developing unique programs that enhance or enrich the activities described above such as the construction of new housing, the provision of clean water sources, the rebuilding or construction of schools or support for health and medical programs. 

 

In addition to these programming areas, Matthew 25’s Global Village experience fulfills Matthew 25’s commitment to education, by allowing guests to step inside a third world village and experience the living conditions and lifestyle of the poorest of the poor.

Individuals, families and groups of all types can reach out and touch the world through Matthew 25: Ministries. Matthew 25 welcomes volunteers 6 days a week at their Blue Ash facility. Matthew 25 welcomed more than 70,000 volunteers who donated over 174,000 hours of time in 2017.

 

Matthew 25: Ministries’ expansion includes: 

WAREHOUSE & PARKING EXPANSION - Matthew 25: Ministries’ 30,000 square-foot, 45-foot tall warehouse expansion will hold an additional 3,800 pallets of aid. They will be adding two more dock doors, which will increase their inbound and outbound capabilities and allow them to ship truckloads of aid faster. They will be installing new racking systems that will increase their storage capabilities in both their new and existing facility. They will also be expanding their parking lot to better accommodate their growing number of volunteers.

OFFICE EXPANSION - In order to provide more space for volunteers and staff, Matthew 25: Ministries will be relocating the majority of their offices to another part of their building and adding more office space. Most of the offices will be made out of shipping containers, which is both cost-effective as well as a unique representation of Matthew 25’s work, since the majority of their distributions are shipped in 40-foot ocean-going containers or semi-trailers.

ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS - Matthew 25: Ministries will be creating a multi-purpose room that will enhance their capabilities to serve their donors and their community in new and exciting ways. They will also be building The Rev. Wendell and Michelle Mettey Chapel, honoring the vision and dedication of Founder and President Reverend Wendell Mettey. They will be adding many more cost saving and efficiency-enhancing improvements to their operations, including the installation of a solar system that will supply approximately 43% of the facility’s energy usage.

 

Each project has been carefully and purposefully planned to increase the impact they have on the poorest of the poor and disaster victims, allowing them to continue helping more people in need for years to come.

For more information regarding Matthew 25’s expansion, visit www.m25m.org/growth.

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