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Annual Client Appreciation Dinner

September 2019

 

For the first time in OLV history, we held not just one but TWO nights of our Client Appreciation Dinner! We had the privilege of spending more quality time with each of you, our valued clients, by spreading the attendance out over two evenings.

We had 171 attend the Friday evening dinner and 258 came on Saturday. As guests took their seats, we were entertained by our very own “Barney Fife” impersonator (played by comedian Rik Roberts), and if he spotted any “criminal” activity, he was sure to “Nip it in the bud!”

We took a walk back in time with our gift giveaway this year, paying tribute to the “Mayberry days” with gifts such as retro candy and movie tickets, the Andy Griffith biography, the complete Andy Griffith DVD set and more.

After indulging in the world-famous Bavarian Inn chicken dinner, Rik Roberts left us in stitches as he joked about life, marriage, family and his “Barney Fife” run-in with a real police officer. He even serenaded us with an original, comedic song (with the help of a willing client’s assistance!!)

Each year we choose to end the evening by joining together to sing “God Bless America.” We are honored to live in a country that has so much freedom, which we believe is a blessing from the Lord. We are grateful to share the many blessings we have, and we count it a privilege to serve each one of our clients. We truly view each person as a “friend,” and not just a business associate. That is why the Client Appreciation Dinner is so important to us,
and is a tradition we intend to continue.

 


OLV Family Summer Fun Event

July 2019

 

 

Joyful chatter, children running barefoot through the grass and the smell of BBQ filling the warm outside air was the scene for the 2019 OLV Family Summer Fun event. Between conversation with coworkers and their families, adults enjoyed leisurely lake outings on the paddle boat or tested their aim at a round of “Can Jam” or “Cornhole.” Kids raced back and forth between cannon-balling off the water raft, careening down the giant bouncy slide, and soaring on the trampoline. The perfect Independence Day week summer night ended with a grand fireworks display, launched by our very own Jesse VanValin and Joel LaGore. We had a wonderful time building relationships with OLV employees and their families, making us a tighter group to provide better service for our clients.


OLV – Boys & Girls Club
Service Day

May 2019

Each employee at OLV Investment Group has a heart for children. So, when the team met with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint, it was an instant connection. “The way that they serve and empower vulnerable children speaks to a lot of us here,” Libby VanValin, OLV President of Culture and Communication, explained.

That’s why on May 8, 2019 all fifteen OLV employees took time out of their day to do manual labor at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint location. “The leaders at Boys and Girls club told us it would take them days to move the 30 yards of mulch for the playground. We took that as a challenge and moved it all in 50 minutes,” Libby laughed. Not only did the team surpass the club’s expectation for the playground, the hardworking group also cleaned the building, organized some of their donations, and mowed their medicine wheel garden. The Boys and Girls club was astonished and grateful for the amount of work completed.

When asked why OLV was able to do so much work in a single day, Libby said, “Grace, Growth, Grit and Generosity are the core values that reflect our company. It really is that core value of ‘Grit,’ that is exemplified here. For us that ‘put your head down, get the work done, happy to serve,’ mindset is very fulfilling for everyone in this company. Everyone has a motivation to work hard and get a lot done.”

Each year, nearly 1,500 children are serviced by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint. Their mission is, “to inspire and enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” They do this by providing meals, donating hundreds of hours of homework help, encouraging physical activity, assisting in college applications, and much more.

While the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint expressed their gratitude for the team’s help, the OLV employees stated they were the ones blessed by the day’s work. “We were looking for something that could really be impactful – not just serving to make ourselves feel good, but serving to actually help and better an organization,” Libby said. “This work day was a great opportunity to be a light in our community, and we were very thankful to do it.”

 To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint, visit www.bgclubflint.org.

 


OLV – Bring Your Child
To Work Day

April 2019

“The American child is a highly intelligent human being – characteristically sensitive, humorous, open-minded, eager to learn, and has a strong sense of excitement, energy, and healthy curiosity about the world in which he lives. Lucky indeed is the grown-up who manages to carry these same characteristics into adult life. It usually makes for a happy and successful individual.”
“Deeds Rather Than Words.” Essay by Walt Disney, 1963.

On April 25, 2019, eleven children stepped through the doors of the Durant Building and into the work world of OLV Investment Group for the annual Bring your Child to Work Day event. “The heart behind Bring your Child to Work Day is to connect not only to our employees, but also to the families of our employees,” said Libby VanValin, President of Culture and Communication. “This is a great way to reach the kids and make them feel a part of us.”

The day started off with guest speaker Matt Oliver entertaining both kids and adults with skits, coloring and interactive lessons as he spoke on the company’s theme this year – JOY.

The kids then went on a tour of the Flint office, stopping at each employee’s desk to learn about his/her job.

After enjoying lunch and receiving delicious cake-covered apples from the Flint Farmer’s Market Gourmet Apple Cart, the children engaged in hands-on work by participating in the counting and sorting of gifts for the annual Operation Christmas Child shoebox service project, which takes place in October.

Bring Your Child to Work Day not only provided a fun day for the children, but also gave OLV the opportunity to pour into the hearts, minds and lives of our employees’ families.


OLV – Operation Christmas Child

October 2018

At our seventh annual OLV Operation Christmas Child Service Project, we were once again able to pack 600 boxes! This is an opportunity to pack shoebox size boxes full of little gifts – from bouncy balls to socks, from bracelets to bars of soap, from stuffed animals to flashlights – any gifts for the ages of two to fourteen that can fit in the box! This gift box is the first present many children have ever received! The treasures and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world. We love packing these gift boxes and being a part of an event that can truly be life changing to a child in another part of the world.

Including the OLV staff, we totaled close to 60 able bodied packers made up of friends and family. Working together as a team, these boxes were packed with love, joy and hope. Our first year we packed 50 boxes – and have upped the ante to 600! Who knows what next year will bring? As the OLV family grows and changes we continually seek to invest, increase and impact.

A small box can make a big impact. The items in the box are material, but what comes out is eternal. We are thrilled to share the name of Jesus through the power of a simple gift donated to Operation Christmas Child.