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Through over 100 hours of volunteer effort, Carrie Martens is helping Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Centre to sort and catalogue the generous collection of books and DVDs donated by the Mennonite Brethren In Christ Resource Centre in Kitchener, Ont. as a result of its recent closure.

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October 23, 2012
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, Man. — “I love resources,” says Carrie Martens, who since the summer has volunteered over 100 hours to Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre. She is helping to sort and catalogue the generous collection of books and DVDs donated by the Mennonite Brethren In Christ Resource Centre in Kitchener, Ont. as a result of its recent closure. Martens previously worked in the bookstore of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary when she studied there for her Masters of Divinity.

High school student Kieran Lloyd volunteered 25 hours at the Resource Centre last August.

“Volunteers are special,” says Resource Centre Director, Arlyn Friesen Epp. “Our circulation keeps growing and staff is hard-pressed to keep up to the demands. Volunteers relieve some of the backlog by helping out with special projects like this recent donation of DVDs.”

Friesen Epp estimates the 5 to 6 step process involved in cataloguing one new resource can take as long as 40 minutes—and the Resource Centre adds 3 new resources every day.

While she works her way toward a BA and eventually, studies in elementary education, Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) student Katelyn Cummer spends roughly two hours a week helping out at the Resource Centre. She found her role through the CMU student employment program.

“But from our perspective, Katelyn is essentially a volunteer to the Resource Centre – another valuable contributor,” Friesen Epp says.

Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Centre offers thousands of print, DVD and electronic items available for loan, sale and download. Visit online at resources.mennonitechurch.ca or contact by phone at 1-866-888-6785.