MCM 2019 Impact Report

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Read about the work of Mill Community Ministries in 2019!

2019 IMPACT REPORT


VILLAGE CONTENTS

OUR MISSION

Mill Community Ministries’ mission is to unite with God’s vision for

individual life change and holistic transformation of under-resourced

communities. We are an umbrella organization for Village Launch,

Village Wrench, Village Engage, and Mill Village Farms.

BOARD

Sean Dogan, Chairman

Tommy Blackmon

Stephanie Blassingame

David Delk

Randy McCreight

Jeff Randolph

STAFF

Dan Weidenbenner | Executive Director, Mill Community Ministries

Sherry Taylor | Operations Director, Mill Community Ministries

Stella Huey | Youth Program Director, Mill Community Ministries

Rob Cain | Strategy and Development Associate, Mill Community Ministries

Katarin Peeples | Operations Associate, Mill Community Ministries

Ashton Clemmons | AmeriCorps Member, Mill Village Farms

Phill Mathis | Farm Director, Mill Village Farms

Courtney Watson | FoodShare Director, Mill Village Farms

Katie Schmidt | FoodShare Manager, Mill Village Farms

Mallory Boyd | Program Director, Village Launch

Jeanette Brewster | Network and Outreach Coordinator, Village Launch

Jessica Compton | Program Director, Village Wrench

Drake McNeary | Shop Manager and Mechanic, Village Wrench

Brian Robinson | Assistant Mechanic, Village Wrench

Susan Stall | Program Director, Village Engage

Traci Barr | Media and Events Coordinator, Village Engage

MILL COMMUNITY

MINISTIRES

VILLAGE LAUNCH

Page 3

VILLAGE WRENCH

Page 5

VILLAGE ENGAGE

Page 7

MILL VILLAGE FARMS

Page 9

FOODSHARE GREENVILLE

Page 11

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OUR MISSION:

To transform communities by providing business

training for emerging entrepreneurs. Our

vision is to help facilitate grassroots economic

development in our communities and to equip

individuals to become providers, contributors,

and creators.

574

Hours of Training Provided

30

Business Entrepreneurs

Academy Graduates

81% Minority Entrepreneurs

Many times I wanted to quit but their

love and passion for me to succeed

and grow were matchless.

-Bridgitte Cleveland, Alumna,

It’s All In My Hands Cleaning Service

villagelaunch.org

@VillageLaunch

Business Entrepreneur Academy Class in Textile Hall

3



OUR MISSION:

To transform communities by empowering

others through bicycle repair, bike earning,

and cycling educational opportunities. Our

vision is to develop leaders in our community

who value hard work and responsibility.

518

Bicycles Repaired

105

Bikes Earned

73

Youth Trained in

6-Cycle Program

The best thing about Village Wrench is

the respect they show me. It is my

favorite bike shop in town because it’s

such a caring and loving place.

-Demazio Gregory, West Greenville Resident

villagewrench.org

@VillageWrench

Free Bike Repair at Sullivan Neighborhood Site

5



OUR MISSION:

To transform communities by compelling people

of faith to build a more just and compassionate

Greenville.

250

JustFaith Program Graduates

770

Participants at Engagement Events

50

Church and Organization Partners

I am grateful to Village Engage for

creating space to help me find ways to

open my eyes and confront injustices

that have been brought to bear on people

simply because of their skin color.

-Judy V., JustFaith Graduate

villageengage.org

@VillageEngage

Audience Members at Environmental Equity Event

7



OUR MISSION:

To transform communities by growing produce

for neighborhoods that often have limited

access to fresh and local foods. Our vision

is to develop youth leaders through training

and employment that leads to a prosperous

transition into adulthood.

62

Youth Employment Opportunities

125

Youth Training Opportunities

93%

Of youth feel comfortable keeping

a job for a long period of time

At Mill Village Farms I learned how to eat

healthy, build bonds with the people I

work with, and the skills to help my mom

grow a garden like she always wanted.

-Jaylan W., Mill Village Youth

MillVillageFarms.org

@MillVillageFarms

Youth Crew Harvesting Vegetables

9



OUR MISSION:

To transform communities by providing

good, healthy food for all. FoodShare is a

bi-weekly produce box aimed to combat

healthy food insecurity for families on a budget.

The boxes are filled with a recipe card and 12

varieties of fruits and vegetables valued at

over $25 and can be purchased by families for

$15 cash or $5 with EBT/SNAP/Food Stamps.

4419

Total Boxes Distributed

54%

Purchased by EBT/SNAP Recipients

21

Medical Clinics and Community

Distribution Sites

Our clients have shared how much

FoodShare has helped them this year

and made their money and benefits go

further with healthier options.

- Donna Edwards,

Prisma Health Internal Medicine Clinic

MillVillageFarms.org/fsg

Actual FoodShare Box

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LIFE WITH MVF FARM

ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORTERS

As the morning time comes

We would all gather around

At a small local farm on the near side of town

Where the plants stand with pride

No leaves to be torn just hard-working labor

On three different farms weeds need pulling

Beds need to be made

Shoveling and Wheelbarrowing

500 pounds of fertilizer that will soon be laid

As we walk down each aisle, plants lined up

On command waiting to be drafted to leave the farmland

We would soon share laughter and also have fun

But we demonstrate as young adults

Strong work ethic showing that

WE CAN and WILL get the job done

For our youth I shall say, We are still in training

To learn responsibility, instead of always complaining

But when times get rough we stand in unity

To show our fellow peers what we do at

MVF for our community.

-T’Niyah Spurgeon, Mill Village Youth

AARP

ADC Engineering

ATI Physical Therapy

Atticus Creative

Audi Greenville

Augusta Heights Baptist Church

Auro Hotels

Beech Springs Tabernacle

Bon Secours WorkWell

Bridge City Coffee

Buncombe Street United Methodist Church

Caine Halter Family YMCA

Carter Tippins Photography

CBRE

Circles Group

City of Greenville

Community Foundation of Greenville

Community Media

Community Works

Conservation Voters of South Carolina

Craig Gaulden Davis

Dapper Ink

Do All Things With Joy

Duke Energy Foundation

Earth Fare

Eastern

Electric Soul Media

Elliott Davis

Euphoria of Greenville

FCI Agency

FoodShare SC

Fortis Riders

Foster Victor Wealth Advisors

Friends of the Reedy River

Furman University Shi Institute

for Sustainable Communities

FurmanCo

GE Foundation

Gilreath Foundation

Glory Cycles Inc.

Grace Church

Greenlink

Greenville Cancer Society

Greenville Chamber Foundation

Greenville Homeless Alliance

Greenville Housing Fund

Greenville Multicultural Church

Greenville Spinners Safety Foundation

Greenville Technical College

Greenville Women Giving

Greer Relief

Habitat for Humanity

Happy & Hale

Hollingsworth Foundation

House of Raeford

IBERIABANK

Ipso at Kaulig Media

Jean B Photography

John I Smith Charities

Johnny’s Seeds

Johnston Design Group

Jolley Foundation

Joshua Blankenship

JustFaith Ministries

KDS Properties

Kim United

Kitchen Sync

Lake Robinson Garden Club

Larkins Catering

Lead Collective

Livewell Greenville

Long Branch Baptist Church

Mary Black Foundation

Mountain View Baptist Church

National Christian Foundation

New Horizons Family Health Services

North Greenville University

Oobe Clothing

Openfields

Origins Church

Palmetto Adhesives

Phoenix Center

Piedmont Natural Gas

Pierce Physical Therapy

Pinnacle Financial Services

Pivot Pizza Company, LLC

Prisma Health

Propel HR

Quinn Family Charitable Foundation

ReGenesis

Relentless Church

Renaissance Custom Homes

Scottie McKnight Design & Photography

Sisk Foundation

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

South Carolina Christian Foundation

South Carolina Environmental Law

Project

South Carolina Interfaith Power & Light

Southern Environmental Law Center

Southernside Neighborhoods in Action

St. Anthony Catholic Church

Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery

Table 301

Tacozzini

The Burrow

The Cooks Station

Titan Real Estate

TOWN Magazine

Trees Upstate

Triune Mercy Center

United Housing Connections

United Ministries

United Way of Greenville County

Unity Health on Main

Upstate Forever

USC School of Medicine Greenville

USC School of Public Health

USDA

Village Church

Watkins, Garrett, and Woods

We Raise Foundation

Wells Fargo

Whole Foods

YouthBase

Thank you to all the individuals who generously support our efforts.

We could not do this work without people like you!



info@millcommunity.org

8 Lois Ave, Greenville 29611

864-351-8865

millcommunity.org

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