OCMV and its supporters provided gap funding to help overcome barriers related to youth aspirations, elderly independent living, well-being, keeping families mobile and employed, and employment/skill development. In return, recipients paid it forward through self-selected volunteering.
Examples of How We Help– OCMV provides solutions through its People to People Fund for necessities that federal and state funding does not permit social service agencies to allocate funding to such as:
- Covering co-payment fee for hearing aides;
- Partially covering car repairs to keep families mobile and employed;
- Purchasing school clothes for kids living at Hospitality House;
- Buying a laptop so a single mom – could earn her GED online while working in order to have a better employment opportunity;
- Assist an 85 year old woman with laundromat needs because she was afraid to venture out due to COVID-19.
WHY PAY IT FORWARD – The self-selected volunteerism component allows people the ability to give back to their community by using their skills and knowledge.
OCMV helped me buy tires so I could continue to work and attend night classes. By allowing me to pay it forward – I didn’t feel ashamed or needy but rather relieved. I needed help with buying tires and they needed me to help someone else in the community. It was a win win and left me feeling like a community giver not taker. – Cindy, 2018 Recipient