To enhance the Mission’s presence in the business community, the E.V.E. Network was formed as a ministry of the Rescue Mission in the Fall of 2004. Standing for ENERGY, VISION and ENTHUSIASM, E.V.E. is made up of representatives from area businesses, education organizations, retail establishments and community volunteers. This group of high-energy, busy individuals meets every other month for an action-packed hour to learn about Mission opportunities, network with women from all over the region and take the word back to their work place and or groups they are a part of.
Some projects the E.V.E. members have taken on include:
The E.V.E. signature project is the StellarOne Drumstick Dash Thanksgiving Day 5K Run and Family Walk to benefit the Rescue Mission. The Drumstick Dash involves business sponsors, runner and walker registration, street musicians, food, advertising and street marshals. Last year more than 300 volunteers assisted 5,000 runners, walkers, dogs and volunteers participated and this year 7,500 are expected!
The E.V.E. Network meets every odd month on the 2nd Thursday (January, March, May, July, September, November) from 5.30 – 6.30pm in the Women and Children’s Center Community Room.