Help us meet the strong demand expected for MVI services in 2018

Dear Friends:

It’s been a year of progress for Mon Valley Initiative and our partner CDCs, and your support played a key role. Thank you for your time, energy, ideas and donations that make our work possible.

Over the past 12 months, our real estate team completed the transformation of Eisenberg’s in Monessen into apartments, began work on a condo project at the historic Denniston School in Swissvale and renovated many single-family homes. We have 47 units of housing under construction and are planning an additional 80 units.

We added a person to our outreach team and are strengthening our connections to the communities we serve and their local governments.

Our workforce counselors helped 341 people—many of whom overcame domestic violence, substance abuse or past criminal histories—to get new jobs. Of the people who enrolled in our program, well over 60 percent are now employed.

Our housing counseling program provided one-on-one coaching to 281 people. While most of them are from the Mon Valley, one family came to us all the way from Beaver County because of the high quality of the counseling we offer. Homes purchased by our clients had a median price of more than $100,000.

And our services will still be in demand in 2018.

Compared to the rest of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, the Mon Valley faces higher unemployment, lower median incomes and more blighted (and often tax-delinquent) properties.

But we will face increasing financial pressures next year. Our federal funding sources are being threatened with elimination. Our foundation and corporate donors are subject to new tax laws and the ups-and-downs of the stock market.

  • If you are able to support MVI financially in 2018, please consider:
  • Sending a check or money order payable to Mon Valley Initiative (printable donation form);
  • Donating through the United Way’s Donor Choice program (our agency code is 3525); or
  • Making a contribution securely online, using one of the options below.

We know you support many worthy causes, and we hope we continue to be one of them. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all the best in 2018!

(Your gift may be tax-deductible; consult a tax professional for information.)

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