MVCares Initiative

Mission: MVCares is an overarching umbrella of programs and initiatives that provide information, awareness, and care to the students of Missouri Valley College. Currently the MVCares initiative includes alcohol awareness, substance abuse awareness, Safe Space initiative and Thor’s cabinet.  

Goal: To provide students of Missouri Valley College with resources that include awareness, education and care. Through these resources students will experience a safer, more accepting, campus community that is open to the needs of all students.   


  • Alcohol

    Alcohol is the most popular and dangerous drug on college campuses. To many, drinking is synonymous with the college experience. Because the use of alcohol during college is widespread, many college students end up drinking more alcohol more frequently than their peers who aren’t in college. Alcohol abuse and illegal alcohol use, on or off Missouri Valley College premises, can negatively impact the College community and places students at personal and academic risk. 

    https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

    College Student Statistics: 

    • Prevalence of Alcohol Use:
      • Prevalence of Drinking: According to the 2015 NSDUH, 58.0 percent of full-time college students ages 18–22 drank alcohol in the past month compared with 48.2 percent of other persons of the same age.
      • Prevalence of Binge Drinking: According to the 2015 NSDUH, 37.9 percent of college students ages 18–22 reported binge drinking in the past month compared with 32.6 percent of other persons of the same age.
      • Prevalence of Heavy Alcohol Use: According to the 2015 NSDUH, 12.5 percent of college students ages 18–22 reported heavy alcohol use in the past month compared with 8.5 percent of other persons of the same age.
    • Consequences—Researchers estimate that each year:
      • 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.
      • 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
      • 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
      • Roughly 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for AUD.24
      • About 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.

    Resources:

    Alcoholics Anonymous in Marshall, MO
    Call (660) 886-9940 to Contact Alcoholics Anonymous

    Compass Health Pathways Comm Behavioral Healthcare
    941 South Cherokee Drive
    Marshall, MO 65340
    1.07 miles from the center of Marshall

  • Drugs

    College students make up one of the largest groups of drug abusers nationwide. Young people (ages 18 to 24) are already at a heightened risk of addiction. The use of drugs, on or off Missouri Valley College premises, can negatively impact the College community and places students at personal and academic risk.

    Young adults aged 18-25:

    • About 5.1 million young adults age 18 to 25 battled a substance use disorder in 2017, which equates to 14.8% of this population and about 1 in 7 people.
    • About 3.4 million young adults age 18 to 25 had an alcohol use disorder in 2017, or about 10% of young adults.
    • About 2.5 million young adults had an illicit drug use disorder in 2017, or about 7.3% of this population.
    • Heroin use among young adults between 18 and 25 years old doubled in the past decade.

     

    https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/addiction-statistics

    Resources:

    Compass Health Pathways Comm Behavioral Healthcare
    941 South Cherokee Drive
    Marshall, MO 65340
    1.07 miles from the center of Marshall

    SAMHSA
    National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • Thor’s Pantry

    An MVC Cares Initiative

    Missouri Valley College, in an effort to fight Food Insecurities (FI), has established Thor’s Pantry to help support students who are hungry. Recent studies estimate that between 30 to 50 percent of college students experience FI. The lack of food or FI among students has also been linked as a cause to increased mental health concerns, physical health concerns, and contributes to lower academic success and nonretention. 

    Thor’s Pantry is available to all students currently enrolled at Missouri Valley College. There are no restrictions on who can benefit from Thor’s Pantry other than they must be enrolled either full-time or part-time. 

    Location 

    Behind MacDonald Hall next to the Morris Experimental Theater (Redman Street)

    Hours of Operation

    Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

    (Students must schedule an appointment during the hours of operation). In cases of emergency or great need, Thor’s Pantry may be requested and opened outside of normal hours.   

    How to Schedule a Time
    Students may schedule a time by visiting Thor’s Pantry or by contacting the Office of Student Affairs

    Client Confidentiality

    Missouri Valley College will keep all information regarding those using Thor’s Pantry private. Records will be kept on what items are collected and removed for inventory purposes.

    How Can You Help? 

    • Participate in Thor’s food drive
    • Donate Food Items – popular Items include microwavable soups, peanut butter, ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned/pouches of meat, and cereal. All nonperishable items are accepted.  Toiletries are also accepted but we ask that it is in travel sizes.
    • Monetary Donations – You can make a monetary donation online by visiting https://central.electpay.net/OnlinePayments/Form/CreatePayment/267 or you can drop monetray donations off in the Student Affairs Office.