MVCAA recognizes that families require assistance and support with mutliple issues in order to obtain economic security. Utilizing the Whole Family approach, MVCAA has made the shift to address the complexity of the issues related to poverty by increasing our community engagement activities to include a cross section of the community. Our goal is for families to have access to economic and social supports needed for stability, resiliency, and economic security, and to secure partnerships within the community to fill service gaps and provide a network of opportunities for families.
MVCAA endeavors to advocate for low-income families by providing educational opportunities for the broader community. To date, through our Community Engagement activities:
- educators are better equipped to understand the ongoing issues related to poverty that negatively impacts children and families;
- health care providers have a better understanding of the issues that compromise access and usage of health services;
- funders have experienced the complexities of the issues faced by low-income families.
MVCAA offers several opportunities for the community to engage in the fight against poverty, and is available to facilitate, coordinate or host the following:
- Poverty Simulations
- Getting Ahead Training
- Financial Literacy Training
- Bridges Out of Poverty
- Community Cafes
MVCAA can't have the impact on poverty that it does without the help of community partners. Having strong partnerships within the community allows us to offer families a wide range of opportunities in a seamless, consistent manner. MVCAA has several standing advisories that serve as a two-way communication arm for the Agency and the community we serve. These advisories are made up of community members, Board members, and staff and focus on: Utica, Rome, Herkimer County, Health, and Economic Justice.
Community Needs Assessment
MVCAA conducts a comprehensive community-wide assessment every 3 years with an update done annually. Please click on the link below to view the most current assessment: