A core value Maria instills in her students, teachers and staff, is the importance of supporting the community and those in need. In the local community, MVSA has participated in numerous charitable events. Among the many charitable institutions and non-profit agencies which MVSA has supported include Univeristy of Miami Aids Research Project, Tsunami Victims Fundraising, South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, School of Corpus Cristi, Homestead Orphanage (St. Anne Mission), and Centro Mater. Local schools where MVSA has supported include St. Theresa, St. Timothy, St. Thomas the Apostle, Belen Jesuit, Pinecrest Elementary, Carrolton School of the Most Sacred Heart and The Learning Experience. MVSA has participated in the City of Coral Gables “Holiday Tree Lighting” for over 20 years and the Village of Key Biscayne’s “Winterfest” event for over 10 years. Other events include Cornucopia Festival of the Arts at Vizcaya for over 10 years. At each of these events, MVSA students have given their gift of dance to their community and helped those in need. Through the support of her community, Maria and the MVSA are an example of stewardship and leadership to local artists and business owners.