November Celebration Banquet

October 15, 2019

We have some exciting news and stories to share with you this month! 
Have you heard? Our Celebration Banquet is November 12th. We have a lot to celebrate, and we'd love for you to join us! Click the button below for details.
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Changing Tires & Stories

Watching the green sedan slowly rise as if by superhuman strength, the small group of boys listened as John showed them how to safely use a car jack to change a flat tire. "Next, you remove the hubcap." 

He popped off the hubcap, revealing the tire's bolts underneath. As John continued, he entrusted a wrench to one of the boys, helping him remove them one by one. One day, these young boys may find themselves on the side of a road, needing to change a flat tire. And because of John, they'll know how. As the lesson finishes, John and the boys talk about school and life as their moms spend time inside with their mentors at Empower, a program committed to come alongside single moms to make positive changes in their lives. 

MVLF partners with Empower in Miamisburg to build its capacity by providing training, resources, and mentors. Partnering with and building the capacity of programs like Empower is one of the three central commitments of MVLF's pursuit of change in the city.

Not long after Empower began, its leaders realized they could achieve a deeper level of impact by providing mentoring to both moms and their children. MVLF has helped Empower meet these mentoring needs, and now, as moms are being empowered, their children are poured into by incredible mentors like John. 

Circled around a green sedan, the boys watch John lower the car now equipped with a new tire. Having this new life skill, these boys are not only equipped to change a tire; they're more equipped to change their stories. 

If you or someone you know may be interested in mentoring with MVLF or one of its partner organizations, click here. 
Become a Mentor
Speaking of partnerships, on Friday, Sept. 13, MVLF hosted a Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) at Kinder Elementary in Miamisburg with Think Tank Inc.

The training immersed school administration, faculty, and community members in the realities of families in poverty, helping them understand the difficulties and constraints of under-resourced families. Many of MVLF's mentees come from similar situations. And being equipped with clearer understanding and deeper empathy enables our mentors and community leaders to better advocate and support our local families.

Watch this video to learn more about the COPE.
MVLF now serving a new school in the Northmont City School District
We're excited to announce that after more than a year of building relationships within the community, we now have five mentors serving at Union Elementary School. A local pastor, and MVLF community champion, has been instrumental in helping us begin serving the school. He recently wrote the MVLF team to say that after only two weeks, the students are already growing attached to their mentors. 

This means MVLF is now actively pursuing community transformation in 16 local schools! Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue to engage more students and communities. 
The MVLF Team
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