Ohio Valley Goodwill Helps to Kick Off 2016 ShareFest!

ShareFest logo 2016Ohio Valley Goodwill was pleased to be on the front lines of the 2016 ShareFest community donation drive launch on Wednesday, May 11th in Oxford, Ohio; close to Miami University. The donation event will continue through Tuesday, May 17th and Goodwill will be involved from beginning to end. ShareFest is an annual donation drive that prevents usable items from going to the landfill by directing them to social service agencies and nonprofit organizations from around the Oxford area. ShareFest is an easy way for Miami University students to help the environment and assist people in need.

Andrew Wilson, City of Oxford and Gena Bowles, Butler County Children's Services

Andrew Wilson, City of Oxford and Jen O’Brien, Miami Univ.

As a major sponsor for this year’s ShareFest donation event, Ohio Valley Goodwill is providing four on-site donation trailers at the Chestnut Fields headquarters, attended donation team members to assist as well as a team to provide community pick-ups as designated. This is the second year that Goodwill has been involved in the ShareFest event and is pleased this year, to also be celebrating the opening of its 17th retail store located at 203 S. Locust in Oxford. The official Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Thursday, May 26th but the new Goodwill store has been warmly welcomed by local residents already.

Happy Shoppers at Oxford Store!

Happy Shoppers at Oxford Store!

“Goodwill is so happy to be a new part of the Oxford business community and also to partner with the City of Oxford on this year’s ShareFest donation event,” said Ann Walters, Retail Sales Manager.

Goodwill ShareFest Team Members 2016

Goodwill ShareFest Team Members 2016

During the ShareFest donation drive event, on-campus students can donate at designated areas in each residence hall, from Wednesday, May 11 through Friday, May 13. Off-campus students can schedule a day and time for volunteers to pick up their donation right from their house or apartment. Volunteers will be picking up items from off-campus locations from Wednesday, May 11 through Tuesday, May 17 and students can schedule a pickup online. After the first two days of the 2016 ShareFest community donation drive more than 10,000 pounds of donated items had been collected.

ShareFest 2016 donations will benefit Butler County Children Services, Butler County Success – Talawanda, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati, Lighthouse Food Pantry, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, Oxford Community Choice Pantry, Preble County Habitat for Humanity, and Student Veterans Association at Miami University. Volunteer opportunities are available on the ShareFest website. Some groups may sell donations they receive, but all proceeds must benefit the needs of their clients.
ShareFest is a collaborative effort sponsored by the City of Oxford, Miami University, nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, local businesses, and religious organizations.

Ohio Valley Goodwill is pleased to a major sponsor of this year’s event as well as to be a new member of the Oxford business community! For directions to the new Oxford store, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/shop.

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