It’s been a busy and successful couple of months for Montverde Academy volunteer projects. On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, a group of fifteen MVA students volunteered at the YWAM (Youth With a Mission)  facility, just a few minutes from MVA.  Our students have been volunteering with YWAM on a monthly basis since the beginning of this school year—helping with anything from raking and pulling weeds, to painting, to disassembling large military tents.  According to their website, “Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.”

Last month, on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, nearly sixty MVA Upper-school students volunteered their time with the Orlando Children’s Church (OCC) . MVA’s has had a long  philanthropic history of supporting OCC with our goodwill volunteer projects. They spent the morning and early afternoon playing football, soccer, basketball, painting nails, coloring, and building new friendships with regional children.  The Orlando Children’s Church serves disadvantaged children throughout Orlando, Florida, region.

In related news, Mrs. Emily Long, Director of MVA Director of School and Service Programming, has informed Montverde Academy Communications that on Monday, May 4th, MVA Lower-school students presented Mrs. Dawn White, a Faith Neighborhood Center representative, with a substantial donation of canned food items they collected the previous week.  Lower-school organizers used fun phrases such as “macaroni Monday,” and “what-kids-like Wednesday” to encourage the youngest students to become more involved in the event. “MVA Lower-school has proudly supported Faith Neighborhood Center for a number of years now, and this year were able to fill the back of a pick-up truck and SUV with all of the donations they collected,” said Mrs. Long. 

Mrs. Long is very pleased with student volunteer project efforts this year, and recently informed Montverde.org, “Campus-wide, I think we wrapped up the year at MVA with a number of meaningful service projects.  Participation was strong and attitudes were outstanding.  The elements of teamwork and accomplishment were evident in each project, as our students learned how to overcome fears, weather challenges, and in some cases, less than desirable work in order to successfully complete a task for someone/something outside of themselves—they were depended on, and they accepted the challenge with commitment and determination.  I am very proud of our student body and their dedication to serving our local community.”