2015 Recipient Groups

Butler County Children Services

BCCS is the county agency committed to protecting children and strengthening families. Since 2005, Butler County Children Services staff has freely given food, clothing, housewares, and furniture collected from ShareFest to hundreds of families in need. Many items collected from ShareFest are used to set up the first apartment of teenagers newly emancipated from the foster care program free of charge.

The Family Resource Center

The FRC serves the Talawanda School District and provides emergency assistance with basic needs such as shelter, energy, water, and clothing and coordinates services with community partners to enhance the ability of individuals to become more self-sufficient through education, employment, and money management. The FRC has been involved in the planning and operation of ShareFest since it began. Between 2005 and 2009, dozens of families received free furnishings and housewares as a result of The FRC’s participation in the event.

Since 2010, The FRC sells its ShareFest donations in order to maintain the funding needed for its services to the community.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati

HFHGC is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hope. HFHGC is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes, by advocating for fair and just housing policies, and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. In the Oxford area, HFHGC has helped 16 families and has two active neighborhoods, Reckford Woods and Reaghs Way.

Habitat for Humanity will sell at its ShareFest donations at the Habitat for Humanity ReStores. The proceeds will be used to help fund its mission to eliminate substandard housing in Oxford and beyond.

YWCA Hamilton

The YWCA Hamilton Residence Department provides three safe and affordable housing programs for women in Butler County. Goodman Place is a supportive, residential program for women who would otherwise be homeless and who have a mental health diagnosis. The Transitional Program provides housing and independent living training for women who would otherwise be homeless. The Permanent Program is low-cost, single unit housing for women.

YWCA Hamilton also manages Dove House, which works to restore safety and hope to women and children whose lives have been marred by domestic violence. Dove House operates a protective shelter, offering safe and secure housing in Butler County, provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, advocacy for victims and support groups for survivors.

YWCA Hamilton will give its donations to clients free of charge.

Additional Groups

The following groups will be receiving ShareFest 2015 donations but will not be picking up items from off-campus residences.

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries strives in an ever-improving mode to be the leader in quality and effectiveness of vocational, educational, social and human services in the State of Ohio. As a member of Goodwill Industries International, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is a part of the world's largest and most successful network providing employment and training services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries will sell its donations at area retail stores to help individuals with disabilities and veterans to receive employment and training services and get jobs in the community.

Oxford Community Choice Pantry

The mission of the OCCP is to alleviate hunger and provide nutrition information to the families and individuals in need who live in the Talawanda School District. The OCCP serves approximately 300 families in the Talawanda School District by honoring shoppers' dignity by allowing them to choose their items according to their household size and the federally recommended nutritional requirements. The OCCP also provides customers with nutritional information.

The OCCP will provide its donations to shoppers free of charge.