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You also may send a check or money order, payable to “Mon Valley Initiative,” to Mon Valley Initiative, 305 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, PA 15120. Please, do not send cash! Printable Mon Valley Initiative donation form

You may also make a contribution through the United Way’s Contributor Choice program­—our agency code is 3525.


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Mon Valley Initiative is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of Internal Revenue Code, and your gift may therefore be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution where permitted by law. Consult the IRS or a tax professional for information. MVI’s financial and historical data is available on our website.

We could tell you about MVI’s programs, but we’d rather let the people we serve tell you instead. These are actual reviews of MVI from the past year:

“Everyone is very friendly … they offered to help me with my finances and budgeting. It was quite a way from my home (but) it was well worth it to go!”—Janet

“The most inclusive homebuying counseling I could ask for … educated me on every aspect of homebuying and most importantly touched on those matters directly connected to my success.” —Soleil

Absolutely helpful in all aspects of career and financial services.” —Jason

“The staff there is awesome, and so helpful.” —Wilhelmina

“The people here are great! There (are) a lot of resources they offer.” —Vicky

“I love this organization—I will recommend them to everyone.” —Christina

Teddy Roosevelt used to quote a piece of wisdom he learned from a small-town justice of the peace in Virginia: “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.”

We used the quote as the theme of our 2019 awards banquet, and I liked it as soon as I heard it. After all, the communities of the Mon Valley are small towns that are used to doing “what they can, with what they’ve got, where they are,” and MVI lives by Teddy’s philosophy, too.

Sometimes, the only challenging part of the saying is “with what you’ve got.” The Mon Valley still faces higher unemployment, lower median incomes and more blighted properties than most of the Pittsburgh metro area. While the need for our programs remains strong, resources remain scarce.

That’s why we rely on­—and are grateful for—support from donors, ranging from large corporations and foundations to people just like you.

Thank you for being there for us. With your help in 2020, we will continue working together to do what we can, right where we are, here in the Mon Valley.

Laura R. Zinski
Chief Executive Officer