Minnesota Valley Action Council is a community action agency that serves the nine counties in South-Central Minnesota. Since 1965, MVAC has delivered more than $500 million dollars to create opportunities for people and communities. The majority of those funds helped stimulate our local economy as they were spent with local, small businesses on behalf of low-income families. While MVAC provides assistance to low to moderate income families with its core programs, we also see that there are barriers that keep people from getting out of poverty. We identify those barriers and create opportunities for them to become self-sufficient. So this year…2017 Warm Your Heart proceeds to benefit the Car Repair Loan & Education Program:
Last year MVAC started the Car Repair and Loan Program with the 2016 Warm Your Heart Benefit. Since the inception of this program in June of 2016 MVAC has held three car classes equipping about 30 low-income people with the knowledge needed to extend the life of their vehicles and minimize their transportation expenses. Has assessed and inspected 18 vehicles so far and given expert opinion on each vehicle. 14 of those vehicles received a free oil change at a reputable shop to encourage relationship-building with facilities that can be trusted. Have approved and implemented six $150 micro-loans to perform crucial maintenance, prevent small problems from escalating into crisis situations, and ensure that those in need can continue to get to and from work. Authorized one major repair (a transmission replacement) so a low-income person can accept a job offer and move toward self-sufficiency. We’ve also had a local repair shop donate $1000 worth of free repairs which helped four people in dire need. In all, we’ve made 34 lives better so far and we see the program continuing to build.
By providing this new initiative, MVAC will follow its mission by providing: Transportation to working families ~ Education to maintain a vehicle and budget for repairs ~ Emergency Needs to repair vehicle to get to work