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Save the Date For 5th Annual Warm Your Heart Gala

Plans are under way for the 5th Annual Warm Your Heart Gala.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor ~ MinnStar Bank; Print Sponsor ~ Corporate Graphics Commercial; Media Sponsor ~ Alpha Media.; Denim Sponsor ~ Brown and Brown Insurance.

If you are interested in a sponsorship or donating a live or silent auction item, please contact Sheila Ous or Ann Macgregor 507-345-6822

Thank you to these participating restaurants! There is still room to participate. If you are a restaurant and would like to join in please contact Sheila or Ann 507-345-6822

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Busters Bar & Grill
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Appicaions are now available for the 2017 Energy Assistance Program that runs from September 2016 through May 2017. The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps low income households pay a portion of thier heating and electric bills. This program is available to both indiviuals and families who are income eligible. For more information and and application click here

MVAC Awarded Grant for Food Preservation Classes for Low Income Families

MVAC is pleased to announce that it received a grant from the Community Action Leadership Institute Innovative Program Fund. This grant will fund a pilot program to provide education, tools and training for low income families who would like to learn how to grow, harvest, and preserve their own food through canning. We will partner with the Center for Earth, Spirituality and Rural Ministry to provide this exciting opportunity for Head Start Families this fall. The Food Hub will supply fresh, local foods for the program.

Thank You to everyone that was a part of the Bad Prom 5k Fun Run/Walk and Dance! It was a blast!

Thank you Express Care Auto Center for your Selfie Sponsorship, Lloyd Management for becoming a kilometer sponsor, Coupons.com for being the Prom Sponsor and SouthPoint Financial Credit Union for the Medal and Bag Sponsor!

Thank you Sport Pix for photographing the event and Selfies To Go for making fun memories!



Minnesota Valley Action Council Celebrate’s 50 years

Minnesota Valley Action Council hosted its 50th annual meeting on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Mankato Best Western. This meeting highlighted the successes of an achiever and a supporter of MVAC from each of the nine counties in the MVAC service area.

An Achiever is described as having demonstrated success by: Overcoming multiple barriers; and/or Has made significant progress towards self-reliance: and/or Has achieved self-sufficiency.

A supporter has provided exceptional service to MVAC or one of our participants to help them succeed; and/or Contributed money, space or products to an MVAC Program; and/or Volunteered time and/or resources that support MVAC; and/or has supported MVAC’s work through their partnership with MVAC.

Besides the county awards, South Central WorkForce Center was honored as a partner and Charles Guggisberg was honored as the Roger J Wolfe 2016 recipient for he selfless giving for the people and community in Brown County.

Thanks to staff, and board members who make it all happen!

Head Start is taking applications for 2016-2017 school year! Apply on-line or call to schedule an appointment after February 5th, 2016.

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Minnesota Valley Action Council has the following jobs available:

Head Start Home Visitor – Madelia
Responsible to strengthen the parent-child relationship in the home and community by providing weekly home visits to the families and provide social experiences at a classroom site. Provide families with assessments, referrals and linking them to community services and resources. Develop and maintain professional working relationships with families, partners and supervisors. Bilingual beneficial. A degree in Family Consumer Science Education, Child Development and Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, CDA, Parent Education Licensure or related degree is preferred. 35 hrs/week. $15.24/hr depending on qualifications. Travel required for position. Health insurance is offered and benefits include paid holidays and vacation. Submit cover letter, resume & application to MVAC HR, 706 N. Victory Dr., Mankato, MN 56001 or apply online at www.mnvac.org by Dec 20th. MVAC is an EEO/AA Employer

Head Start Bus Rider/Aide – Fairmont
Assist in classroom, meal prep and janitorial duties, assist children on and off bus and maintain orderly conduct while bus is in transit, and required record keeping. Prefer previous work or volunteer experience with pre-school age children. Bilingual beneficial. Averages 27.5 hrs/wk. $10.37/hr. Health insurance is offered and benefits include paid holidays and vacation. Submit cover letter, resume & application to MVAC HR, 706 N. Victory Dr., Mankato, MN 56001 or apply online at www.mnvac.org by Dec 16th. MVAC is an EEO/AA Employer

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MVAC is looking for an Independent Consultant for Head Start:

Head Start Health Consultant

Responsible to review, evaluate and interpret health records and other vital health services data; promote health and safety practices for children ages birth – 5 in Head Start program. Conduct visits and counsel program pregnant women within our nine county service area. Approx. 4 hours per week @ $30 /hour, not to exceed 240 hours in 12 months. Contracted position. Current RN licensure required; BSN preferred. Exp. working with pregnant women, infants and young children in a health care or educational setting and bi-lingual beneficial. Submit a letter of interest and résumé to: MVAC HR, 706 N. Victory Dr., Mankato, MN 56001 by Dec 8th

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