ACC congregations are encouraged to collect coins in their Sunday School classes, Bible Studies, or services, primarily as a way to encourage giving among our children. These donations will be collected by ACC’s Annual Assembly on October 23, 2021.
The 2021 ACC Nickels For Neighbors grant will be given to the The New York Mennonite Immigration Program (NYMIP) to expand assistance for immigrant families within the New York City family shelters system with free legal assessments, referrals and service needs assessment for children and families.
The NYMIP strives to keep families together and provide them with the resources they need to thrive. With the presence ofthe pandemic, natural disasters, and more recent political unrest in Central and South America, more people have left their home to seek safety at our borders, many of which are composed of unaccompanied minors and children and families. The Program hopes to broaden its services to assist these families as they seek refuge in NYC.
The NYMIP is requesting $10,000 to cover the increased cost for professional NYMIP staff to perform the proposed legal and social services to immigrant children and families residing in NYC family shelters
A check for funds raised should be made out to ACC (memo: N4N) and mailed to ACC, 2257 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602. Congregations can also arrange for coins to be picked up by emailing BrookM@atlanticcoastconference.net. All funds should be received by October 15 so a final tally can be included in the Fall Assembly Delegate Session.
A promotional video for this year’s project can be viewed and shared HERE.
A can label for coin collection can be downloaded and printed from HERE.