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Camping for Hunger: Valley Assistance Network

17 November 2020


We pre-recorded our conversation today via Zoom with Elise from United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley to learn about Valley Assistance Network (VAN) – a program of UWNSV.

Elise told us about the different ways VAN helps those in our community (see below) and discussed the role food insecurity plays in their overall health and financial stability. She also gave us details for their charity auction happening through the end of this week. You can find it here: https://www.32auctions.com/uwcharityauction

What does Valley Assistance Network (VAN) do:

Resources and Referrals (Phase 1)

Provide an easily accessible coordinated network of services to help people navigate resources in our community (ex- shelter, clothing, food, medical care, job training). 

Financial Education and Coaching (Phase 2)

Equip people with the tools and skills they need to get better paying jobs, keep more of what they earn, and save for their future. Using an Integrated Service Delivery model, clients will have access to an array of services by the Network’s partners such as budgeting, credit counseling and free tax preparation, with the goal of moving them up the ladder to self-sufficiency and ultimately financial security.

Key Features for the Community

  • Reduces the challenges and barriers to accessing multiple services.
  • Eliminates redundancy, decreases wait times for clients seeking help.
  • Streamlined intake and eligibility requirements to make referrals easier.
  • Increases income through VITA and EITC

Key Functions of VAN

  • Makes all services (Government, nonprofit) more efficient and effective.
  • Enhanced information sharing to provide a better client experience.
  • Fills a needed gap in our community by providing a central point of entry.
  • Promotes self-sufficiency and economic mobility.
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