Quaker Missions Stamp Project
Midcoast Meeting has contributed canceled stamps to the New England Yearly Meeting Quaker Missions Stamp Project for the past several years. It is administered by the Mattapoisett (Massachusetts) Monthly Meeting. Some of the organizations that have benefited from this project include the Friends World Committee for Consultation, the Ramallah play center for Palestinian refugee children, the women’s brick kiln operation in India, and some twenty-five other good causes.
The seed for the Quaker Missions Project was planted at
New England Meeting in 1996 during a workshop about FWCC (Friends World
Committee for Consultation). It took more than six months to begin to
gather used postage stamps clipped from mail with the intent they could
be sold to raise money for FWCC and worldwide “good works”
sponsored by Right Sharing of World Resources, International Quaker
Aid, and others. Mattapoisett Friends expect this will be an ongoing
project as long as there is a market for the stamps, which so far has
proven to be the case. According to information posted on their Web
site, they have been able to sell all the stamps they have received
and are especially interested in receiving foreign commemorative stamps.
Tips for Stamp Savers
Use commemorative stamps on all of your mail and encourage your correspondents to do the same. You can ask for them at your post office. For example, the special Century stamps that were issued in the year 2000 net the project 22 cents each.
Make contact with a business or businesses that receive a lot of bill payments by mail and clip the commemoratives. If you know of someone who gets foreign mail, tell them about the project.
The Christmas holiday is a good time to begin saving stamps. All stamps are accepted; the most valuable are those from other countries and U.S. special issues.
--It is better to send first class stamps on the original
envelope and not tear them off. Old letters dated during WWII and before
Thank you to all
Midcoast Friends who have been bringing their stamps. There is an
envelope on the P&SC bulletin board in the social room to receive
stamps, or, if you prefer, you can mail them directly to:
or visit the Mattapoisett Monthly Meeting web site to learn more.