Minnesota Valley Action Council in Mankato, MN
Minnesota Valley Action Council

*** 2014 Year In Review ***


The Minnesota Valley Action Council, one of the nation's 1,100 Community Action Agencies, is a regional leader in the fight against poverty. It develops a portfolio of self-sustaining social enterprises that meet the new and changing needs of its clients while creating reliable revenue streams in a time of decreased government funding.

In recent years, Minnesota Valley Action Council embraced the food hub concept in an effort to generate revenue for the organization and create a positive community impact. A food hub essentially works with institutions and consumers to create demand for local food, then coordinates production with small farmers to ensure the supply is generated to meet that demand. In its first year, the food hub sold 20,000 pounds of healthy, locally grown produce to residents, public schools and nearby Gustavus Adolphus College. Minnesota Valley Action Council expects this figure to jump to 400,000 pounds by 2017, resulting in a sizable impact on the bottom line for area farmers.

Minnesota Valley Action Council staff understand that fighting poverty is a complicated task that requires a multifaceted response. Its food hub and other revenue-generating initiatives provide the flexibility Minnesota Valley Action Council needs to advance its efforts.

Official Announcement.

Volunteer Night at the AGAIN Thrift Store Mankato

Please remember that the first Monday of each month is set aside for volunteer groups. If you know of a group or individuals that are looking for volunteer opportunities, have them call 345-6822 and schedule a Monday with Barb Ybarra.

Tax Clinics

Whoohoo! Look at our tax volunteers! They completed 551 returns and stoked the local economy with $1.2m in refunds!!!

Warm Your Heart Third Annual Event


To Cup & Saucer Cafe Chef Seth Lintelman for winning the Judge's Choice.

And to MSU Dining Services Chef Jamie Waterbury for winning the People's Choice.

Over $31,000 was raised to help support Phase 2 of the Food Hub

Pictures from the event can be seen here

MVAC 2014 Annual Report

Click on the image below to view the 2014 Annual Report.

Five, 2014 Ford Focus' were delivered on 10/24/13

These five new cars are ready to lease to qualifying, low-income people residing in the nine county MVAC service area. For more information, call Dan Jones @ 507-345-6822, ext. 2446

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The renovation of the old Shopko building began in August 2012. Employees of MVAC were able to move in May of 2013.
The new layout allows for privacy between the MVAC employees and clients, as previously the public had access to all areas.


Solar panels were incorporated into the building's design in three areas - the south-facing roof above the thrift store entry (middle), as awnings on the west side (left), and on the rooftop (right).
Solar Shading devices - used solar panels

Occupancy sensors - turns off lights automatically when no movement is detected
High efficiency LED light fixtures
Exterior lighting is on time clocks
Low flow plumbing fixtures
High efficiency HVAC unit installed for Conference Rooms
Additional building insulation was added to reduce energy costs
Additional shading trees for parking to reduce heat island effect
Replaced all existing windows with energy efficient Low-E glazing
Added new exterior window openings to maximize daylighting
Full glass walls on perimeter offices to maximize daylighting (borrowed light)
Recycled materials include:
  • Carpet made with recycled content (Thrift Store is 100% recycled carpeting)
  • Salvaged and re-installed existing metal doors, frames windows, & sidelights
  • Recycled glass countertops
  • Re-used MVAC & AGAIN signage from existing building
  • Re-used modular furniture, office equipment, file cabinets, etc.

Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) is a community action agency. We are for communities, not for profit. We are a private organization that has served south central Minnesota since 1965.

MVAC provides services in Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties.

MVAC is a 501c3, and charity contributions to MVAC are deductible from your federal and state income tax. Your entire contribution stays in south central Minnesota. To donate, contact us here.

We believe that hard work should be valued and rewarded, that working people are struggling and that MVAC provides solutions.Map of Region 9

We develop resources and opportunities that empower

people in low-wage work to secure affordable housing,

viable transportation, employment,

training for employment and

educational opportunities for children.

See how MVAC helps people regain hope and self-sufficiency

1-507-345-6822 or
1-800-767-7139 (toll free)
706 North Victory Drive
Mankato, MN 56001