Clean Closets for Campers
The Retreat and Camping Ministries of the Baltimore-Washington Conference is working with Mission Partners to provide funds for camperships. This initiative began in the Western PA Conference and we are happy to bring it to the BWC.
How it works
- Clean out your closets. Collect all those clothes you haven’t worn in a long while and bring them to the church. Be sure to include shoes, purses, hats and bedding too!
- Once the church has around 100 bags, Mission Partners will come to the church and collect the bags, take them back to their storage facility and weigh them.
- From there they will be sent to a facility that gives them a new life. Most donated items stay inside the U.S. and are made into reusable rags, eco-friendly insulation for homes or resold to thrift stores. A small percentage is sent abroad to companies that create jobs in the resale of affordable clothing.
- The church then receives a check directly from Mission Partners for 50% of the market value of the weight of the clothes.
Churches can then use these funds for their own Campership program and youth functions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mission Partners provided the following frequently asked questions, and their answers:
What size bags should we use?
If churches are interested in a container on their property – how large is the container? How many bags will it hold?
The container is 4′ wide by 6.5′ tall (roughly the size of a refrigerator) and it holds about 40 bags. Generally, more active churches will often end up requesting more than one bin to handle the influx of many donations.
Often our partner churches will give us a call and let us know when they see their bin/s are full. We’ve never charged to empty them – that’s just a part of our service.