This month\u2019s recipient of the Mercer Savings Bank Giving Mission donation is the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership of Darke County. This organization is dedicated to working with local communities to eliminate poverty while promoting personal independence and self-sufficiency.To achieve this, the organization offers numerous programs to help those with lower incomes achieve financial stability. Those seeking assistance can complete applications for programs such as rental assistance, eviction prevention, transportation services, water and utility assistance, as well as legal help through their Legal Clinic. The Legal Clinic offers aid to those seeking to reinstate their driver\u2019s license, navigate a criminal record issues, or aid in a tenant dispute.\u201cWe pride ourselves in helping low income families,\u201d says Julie Lecklinder, Director of Miami Valley Community Action Partnership of Darke County. \u201cWe operate an emergency homeless shelter. We also have what\u2019s called a homeless crisis response program where we can help homeless individuals or families with their first month\u2019s rent and deposit.\u201dWhile each regional division of the organization offers a different mix of programs, those seeking aid can call (937) 341-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see what type of assistance is available in their area.Donations like the one from Mercer Savings Bank go directly toward supporting this organization\u2019s programs, such as buying much-needed supplies for their three-bedroom homeless shelter to keep it running.\u201cI like to help people,\u201d says Lecklinder, \u201cto see people in need and be able to help them succeed and better themselves. Some people don\u2019t know how to ask for help, or they\u2019re too embarrassed to ask for help, or they don\u2019t know what\u2019s out there. We want to get the word out to help these people.\u201dSupport the Miami Valley Community Action PartnershipThose seeking to support the mission of the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership can do so through donations or by volunteering their time. Those who want more information about volunteer opportunities can call (937) 341-5000 ext. 122 or email email@example.com.