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Warm Your Heart Second Annual Event
Thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers and guests that made the Second Annual Warm Your Heart event a huge success.
The proceeds from this year's event will go to towards MVAC's Food Hub. For more information on the Food Hub, click here.
Mankato restaurant Tav on the Ave, Minnesota State University Dining Services, and the Cup 'n Saucer in Sherburn were the big winners at MVAC's second annual Warm Your Heart event, where eateries vie for the title of Best Soup in southern Minnesota.
Tav on the Ave received the celebrity judges' top award for its Creamy Potato and Italian Sausage soup. The Cup 'n Saucer finished second (Parsnip Bisque with Parsley Oil), and MSU Dining Services was third (Squash Bisque with Candied Pecan Dust).
Pictured above are Sheila Ous and Ann Macgregor (of MVAC) with the "Celebrity's Choice" winner Tav on the Ave, represented by Anastasia Nereson and Randy Rigdon.
The voting for the People's Choice award resulted in a tie for first place between the Cup 'n Saucer and MSU Dining Services.
Eighteen restaurants took part in the event.
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.
MVAC ENERGY SAVINGS & GREEN PRACTICES
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
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.
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