(7-27-19) On July 13 the Celina Kiwanis distributed cleaning supplies and laundry vouchers to those affected by the Memorial Day tornado. The group will hold another distribution day at the Galleria on Saturday, August 3.

The club welcomed members from the Coldwater Kiwanis Club to their meeting for an interclub. The Celina club congratulates the Coldwater club on 50 years of service to their community.

Both clubs will send delegates to the Ohio District Convention in August. Celina members reviewed the preparations for their Lake Festival stand. Last minute details were discussed. After the hectic festival weekend, the members will relax and recuperate at a club Fun Night.

Molly Hay

After the business meeting, Molly Hay, Executive Director of M.A.V., spoke about this program. M.A.V.’s mission is

“to provide all children facing difficulties a positive, professionally supported one-on-one relationship that improves their lives forever.”

Formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert Counties, the chapter separated from the national organization in 2019 to become Mercer, Auglaize, Van Wert Youth Mentoring.

According to Hay, this allowed them to keep all their funds for local use. Their funds are raised through donations, three big fundraisers, and United Way support. Next year the group will be on the Combined Charities donation form.

Their three major fund raisers are “Bowl with the All Stars,’ “Golf for Youth Mentoring,” and “Dancing with the Big Stars.” Since M.A.V. Youth mentoring broke away from from Big Brothers Big Sisters, they have changed some of their terms. The adults are now mentors not bigs, and the kids are youth rather than littles. The programs are classified as community based or site based.

Community based mentoring involves a mentor and a youth who meet 2—3 times per month for activities. Youth served are 5 to 18 years old. Mentors must be at least 18. A staff member provides monthly support for these matches. Site based programs provide mentoring at a specific location on a regular basis. After School Buddies pairs elementary students with high school students for homework assistance, games and social time.

For Lunch Club a mentor is paired with a youth to eat lunch together, have one-on-one time, and do educational activities. The mentor comes for lunch at least twice a month during the school year. The Supper Club runs from November through May. Mentors are matched with youths from a group home. The group meets twice a month for dinner and activities. Each mentor also sees the youth once a month on a day chosen by the pair. The Marsh Home participates in this program.

A Parkway coach has been a strong supporter of M.A.V. Youth Mentoring. He helped create P.A.W.S., Partnering Athletes with Students, to let his players mentor younger students. He volunteered to read stories about inspirational athletes to the students. Most impressively he canceled Monday practices so that he and his students had enough time to mentor students.

For more information about M.A.V. Youth Mentoring, call them at (419) 584-2447 or toll free at (866) 670-2227. You can also find them at mavyouthmentoring.com.