Mill Village Ministries in Greenville will receive an amount of $50,000 from Bank of America as part of its “Neighborhood Champions” program.
Mill Village Ministries To Receive $50,000
Mill Village Ministries is an organization with a religious foundation that aids in empowering the disadvantaged West Greenville neighborhood and others and has received financial support. A $50,000 donation will be made to Mill Village Ministries as part of Bank of America’s “Neighborhood Champions” initiative.
The Mill Village Ministries aims to help the following communities:
- Mill Village Farms
- Village Engage
- Village Launch
- Village Wrench
In Greenville’s Greater Sullivan neighborhood, the mission was launched in 2012 with Mill Village Farms as a joint outreach of Grace Church and Long Branch Baptist Church. The idea for the farm originally came from a youth-development initiative to use sustainable agriculture to aid disadvantaged teenagers, according to an article published in Post and Courier.
Significant Contribution of Mill Village
A nonprofit farm and vegetable distributor, Mill Village Farms now trains young people in life skills, hires students, and gives them access to healthy food. The business is home to FoodShare Greenville, a state-wide initiative to combat food insecurity by offering discounted fresh produce boxes to consumers receiving SNAP benefits or experiencing financial hardship.
Additionally, in order to give local residents in mill village areas free bike repairs and the possibility to earn money from their bikes, Village Wrench joined the group in 2013.
Village Launch joined the group a year later to help advance its goal of providing training, opportunities for growth, and interest-free financing to adult and young entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds. The initiative particularly targets entrepreneurs run by women and people of color.