OCMV proactively invests in our neighbors who face unforeseen issues that create barriers to their employment/skill development, well-being, or independent living through its Art of Good Fellowship – Paying it Forward One Neighbor at a Time model. Receiving funds from the OCMV Investment Fund Initiative is much more than a financial contribution. OCMV is committed to offering a combination of funds and guidance with our community provider partners to selected applicants when no other assistance is available. In exchange, applicants are expected to complete some type of pay it forward service.
***PLEASE NOTE: OCMV Funds are not an alternative to seek funding for what social service organizations already fund i.e. housing, emergency, or general assistance needs.***
This initiative is loosely based upon other community models in Washington County and Waterville, ME. The purpose of this fund is to be proactive and provide a small boost to help an individual/family unlock their own skills and potentials, to create possibilities. If left unfunded, these barriers will disrupt an individual/family’s ability to regain financial sustainability, self-confidence, or a healthy lifestyle.
General Eligibility Requirements
- Application at this time must be submitted through either: Hospitality House, MCH, Rockland Police Department, or Preble St Knox County Veteran Program.
- An applicant must possess a can do kind of attitude.
- An applicant must complete a pay it forward volunteer service.
- Have no other means of funding to resolve the barrier.
Funding Can Be Sought For
Employment/ Skill Building: Assist with costs for items that enhance chances of advancement or secure employment. Examples: work clothes, protection gear, certificate training, fixing an unreliable vehicle.
Well-being: Assist with treating physical accommodations that prevent achieving employment or healthy lifestyle such as: dentistry, hearing aids, glasses, canes, or wigs.
Independent Living: Assist seniors and disabled veterans with items that allow for independent living.
Youth: Assist youth with needs to strengthen learning, aspirations, or personal growth.
Lift: Assist individuals or families who face an unexpected financial crisis such as: house fire or an accident.
As applications come in, the Investment Initiative Fund Committee may choose to refer the applicant to a known resource. A predetermined number of applicants will be forwarded monthly to our neighborhood partners email list to see if any community providers or individuals can help create a solution to the situation as presented. If the request cannot be fulfilled by the email list, the Investment Initiative Fund Committee may choose to draw down from the fund to fill the need. Applications will be handled in a timely manner. Submission of an application does not in any manner guarantee that funding or a solution will be provided.
Neighbor Partners Email List: We are asking you to consider being on our neighbor partners email list. The list consists of people like you who are willing to receive monthly e-mails that feature anonymous needs that meet the criteria listed above. Every request we send out is reviewed by the OCMV Fund Committee to insure that all other resources have been explored before we ask you for help.
Being on the email list does not obligate you to respond to every or any requests we post. It simply keeps you informed. Click here to be on the email list.
If you would like to contribute, there are several methods of investing in your neighbors including:
- Provide a connection to a resource
- Donate requested items or services
- Give a financial contribution