MAVA connects, educates, strengthens and advocates for volunteer engagement leaders and their organizations to positively impact communities. It is a statewide organization uniting, educating and advancing Minnesota communities through excellence in leadership of volunteers and best practices in organizational volunteerism. MAVA actively experiments with innovative practices in volunteerism. They are committed to disseminating knowledge to the broader field.
MAVA is the only multi-sector, statewide professional association of volunteer administrators in Minnesota. Their Public Policy efforts are the keys to cultivating, maintaining, and building the capacity for a thriving and effective Minnesota volunteer community.
Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. They pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. They also work in our own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. Moms Demand Action knows that gun violence is preventable, and they’re committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe.
Moms Demand Action has established a volunteer chapter in every state of the country and Washington, D.C. and is part of every town for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly six million supporters and more than 375,000 donors.
Save Our Sons, founded by Melvin Carter Jr. in 1991 continues spear heading a community “Youth Reclamation Continuum” grassroots movement. Their mission is to reclaim youth on behalf of community, ancestors, God, and family. This team-sport movement includes local elders, neighbors, faith communities, schools, elected officials, similar like-hearted organizations, law enforcement, corrections, and others who share our passion. “While the Covid-19 situation has prevented our regular visits to the Juvenile Detention Center and other direct mentoring in the community, they continue to work remotely with multiple contacts, and in late June 2020 Save Our Sons will begin Zoom- type direct contact with JDC youth.” Sustained mentoring continues at Element Fitness Boxing gym, The Gathering at Dunning Recreation Center, Circle of Peace, and most significantly, randomly in the malls, and on the streets.
Save Our Sons also are ‘system reform watchdog advocates’ at critical county, and state decision points, such as Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative(JDAI), and Minnesota Violent Crime Coordinating Council (VCCC).
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