MHV to host Estate Planning meeting

Bolivar CommercialElisabetta Zengaro
Mississippi Homemakers Volunteers will host an Estate Planning Meeting on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.

The meeting will take place in the side kitchen of the Bolivar County Extension Service, and Paheadra Robinson, attorney and director of Consumer Protection with Mississippi Center for Justice, will be the presenter.

Most recently she has been leading the fight to reform payday lending in the state – a particular focus because they are so uniquely dangerous. Robinson has deep roots in Mississippi and is a graduate of Tougaloo College and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

She served as legislative counsel to three committees in the Mississippi House of Representatives and co-founded the Mississippi-based Fresh Start Foundation to provide direct financial aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Robinson’s experience includes serving as legislative counsel to three House committees: Conservation and Water Management, Juvenile Justice and Municipalities.

Her knowledge of the Legislature and its players has helped the Center open important doors at the Mississippi Capitol.

Laura Giaccaglia, coordinator for the Bolivar County Extension Service, said the upcoming Estate Planning meeting is just one example of the educational monthly meetings the MHV hosts, and the club is accepting applications for anyone who wants to be a member.

According to the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the mission of MHV clubs is to strengthen families through education and community involvement. MHV is for all who are interested in improving family and community life.

MHV, Inc., has a total of 2,100 members throughout Mississippi, and each MHV club typically has 10-20 members, and members participate in Leader Training classes, conduct programs, take part in discussions, plan and participate in recreational activities and help with community projects, according to the MSU Extension Service.

“They give time, energy and effort, in order to help others,” said Giaccaglia.

According to the MSU Extension Service, some of the projects Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers have participated in include: publishing a cookbook to raise money for multiple sclerosis and scholarships for children/grandchildren of MHV members to attend MSU, donating teddy bears for children involved in accidents, making tote bags for an international program for women, and collecting drink tabs for a chemotherapy program.

The membership is $10 a year, and it covers both the county and state membership, said Giaccaglia. For those who are interested in joining, contact the Extension Service at 662-843-8362.