2017 Recipient Groups
ShareFest would not be possible without the nonprofit partners that organize volunteers to collect and transport donations. These groups work in a variety of ways to ensure that the items collected during ShareFest benefit our neighbors in need.
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.
Contact: Gena Bowles
Butler County Success
The Butler County Educational Service Center's Success Program removes non-cognitive barriers to learning by building bridges between home, school and community to improve school success and self-reliance. Butler County Success works with families that are at 200% of the poverty guideline or lower in nine nearby school districts, and is currently serving approximately 2,000 students.
Butler County Success will give its ShareFest donations to families free of charge.
Contact: Chrissy Rolfes
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.
Contact: Diane Ruther-Vierling
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.
Contact: Casey Huber
Lighthouse Food Pantry
The Lighthouse Food Pantry serves 400-500 families each month, and is based in Hamilton, Ohio. Since 2010, the Lighthouse sells its ShareFest donations in order to maintain the funding needed for its services to the community.
Contact: Joann Knott
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.
Contact: Sharon Hannon
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.
Contact: Bob Ratterman