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As the week-long ShareFest community donation drive nears its closing days in the Oxford community, Ohio Valley Goodwill is pleased to report that this year’s event was once again very successful. ShareFest is a service and environmental nonprofit corporation dedicated to the collection and redistribution of items donated by Miami University students and the Oxford community at the end of the academic year. Collected items are shared with local human service organizations and recycled responsibly as appropriate. This year’s beneficiary groups include: Butler County Success, The Family Resource Center, Oxford Community Choice Pantry, Greater Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, Butler County Children Services, Lighthouse Pantry and Ohio Valley Goodwill. The Student Veterans Association at Miami University also provided volunteer support for this year’s donation event.
This is the third year that Ohio Valley Goodwill has been a major sponsor of the community wide event in partnership with the City of Oxford, Miami University and local non-profit agencies. Goodwill provided four donation trailers that were used throughout the week as well as an onsite team and a community pick-up team towards the final day of the drive. With two full trailers dedicated to benefit the Goodwill mission and another on its way to being filled, the organization was pleased with the outcomes of this year’s ShareFest. The other beneficiary groups seemed to be doing equally as well in terms of donations to support their respective missions.
Throughout the week-long ShareFest donation drive event, Goodwill team members were on hand to help collect, separate and sort donations which are ultimately used by partner non-profit agencies in support of their respective missions. Goodwill’s Oxford store was also the beneficiary of increased donations throughout the week-long move-out event with students dropping off furniture and household items at the end of the school year.
While total donations received still need to be calculated for this year’s ShareFest event, Goodwill projects that at least 40,000 pounds of donated items were collected for the organization’s century-long mission of helping people with disabilities and our nation’s veterans to get jobs in the community. “Goodwill is so happy once again to work collaboratively with the ShareFest team in this donation effort which is directed towards responsible recycling and benefiting human service organizations in the Butler County area,” said Jeff Eastham, Operations Director.
Everyone can join the Oxford community in choosing to recycle responsibly by donating everyday to your local Goodwill. For a complete list of Greater Cincinnati donation centers, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/donate. Annually, Goodwill helps to divert more than 53,000,000 pounds of donated product from area landfills. Ohio Valley Goodwill and the ShareFest 2017 team are proud of the success of this year’s partnership.