Starting with the 2012 MVC, the OVMA began setting aside money from MVC registrations for future veterinary and technician student scholarships. The program, 5 for 5 for the Future, dedicates $5 from every veterinarian and technician registration over a five-year period to the fund.
Following last year’s Conference, the OVMA contributed more than $16,000 to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, which selected 12 OVMA Student Members (pictured at left) as the first scholarship recipients. An additional $2,500 was set aside for technician scholarships.The OVMA estimates that the program will raise nearly $90,000 by 2016.
Attendees who would like to donate additional funds to this cause may do so by filling in the “Charitable Contributions” section of their paper or online registration form.
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), and the Greater Columbus Affiliate, is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Since its founding in 1976, HFHI has built more than 400,000 homes worldwide, providing shelter for more than 1 million people in nearly 90 countries. In the Greater Columbus community, Habitat has built more than 235 homes since 1987.
Habitat for Humanity–Greater Columbus (HFHGC) is one of the only housing agencies in Central Ohio that targets families earning 30 percent to 60 percent of the median income in Franklin County. All partner families are first-time homebuyers who currently live in substandard housing. Every partner family must perform a minimum of 200 to 250 hours of sweat equity, which includes working on their own house and those of other Habitat families, attending homeownership classes, and providing Habitat program support. Every family also assumes a no-interest, no-profit mortgage with payments based on family income. Because HFHGC holds and services these mortgages, Habitat has a long-term relationship with the homeowners and the communities in which they live.
This year we will be collecting donations for HFHGC to help the organization continue the admirable work it does in the community. Donation stations will be located in the registration area near the main entrance of the trade show floor.