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Ratliffe Recognized as a Future Leader ~ Staff Changes ~ A Moment of Gratitude
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March 2018 
Ratliffe Recognized as a Future Leader!
Team MBF member, Kendall Ratliffe was presented with the “Future Leader Award” from I AM S.A.R.A.H. at the organization’s first-ever awards banquet recently.  The honor was in recognition of Kendall’s dedication to the region - not only as a program coordinator with MBF, but as an active volunteer in the community.  In her acceptance speech, Kendall remarked, “I am surrounded by passionate individuals who are driven to make this region a thriving, vibrant place to live.” 
 
Thanks, Kendall, for all you do every day to contribute to the MBF Movement and the development of our region!
 
I AM S.A.R.A.H. is a Danville-based nonprofit organization with a mission to impact and inspire all women, equipping them with life tools for growth and success.
Staff Changes at MBF
Christy Harper, formerly MBF’s Office Manager, recently transitioned into the role of Community Engagement Program Coordinator.  In her new position, Christy will work closely with the VISION 2035 workgroups and oversee the Community 500 initiative.

“I’ve always had a love for people and service,” Christy says, “This new role will allow me to combine the two to maximize MBF’s impact on the region.”

As Christy vacates the front desk, Shelly Ashworth has joined Team MBF as our new Operations Coordinator.  The native Danvillian brings with her over a decade of experience in bookkeeping and office management.
 
Shelly’s life motto is “Small towns, deep roots, big blessings!”  We couldn’t agree more, Shelly!
 
 
A Moment of Gratitude
MBF Fellows Learn A 700 Pound Lesson
During the Social & Human Services session held earlier this month, MBF Fellows received an overview of the resources available within the region to address a variety of human-centered challenges.  In addition to presentations by expert panelists, the group engaged in a hands-on simulation that challenged them to secure food and household items for one month within a modest, but realistic budget that included public assistance.

The “Making Ends Meet” exercise allowed Fellows to experience the real-life challenges faced every day by families living in poverty.  As groups roamed the aisles of Food Lion at Ballou Park, they had to pay particular attention to their budgets and restrictions associated with public assistance like WIC.

God’s Storehouse was on hand to collect the items purchased during the simulation.  As a result, over 700 pounds of food and other personal items were donated to the organization for distribution in our community.

Special thanks to Food Lion at Ballou Park and God’s Storehouse for helping make this activity a success!
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and create equitable access to opportunities within the Middle Border region.
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