The Celebration of Champions was celebrated on October 28, with recognition of our history and deep roots in the community along with a view to our exciting future in service to then nonprofit community. Our 250 guests enjoyed the evening with reception in The Handlebar followed by dinner and program in the Champions Club at Great American Ball Park. Phil Castellini was our master of ceremonies, presenting Community Partner awards to Messer Construction and Easter Seals Tristate.
Bob Castellini then gave moving tributes to integral partners in creating our deep roots, presenting Founder’s Awards to People Working Cooperatively and Frank Leggio. Other founding members in attendance were Chuck Hirt and Ruth Cronenberg, both part of the People Working Cooperatively team that helped bring the Neighborhood Furniture Bank (now ReSource) to life in the 1980’s.
ReSource sponsors, board members and other supporters enjoyed an afternoon Reds game on August 21 as part of our 30th anniversary festivities. In addition to enjoying the game, those attending mingled with each other and some of the Arts Wave supporters who also shared the Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion.
As a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping other nonprofits, ReSource was honored to join other corporate and nonprofit partners – Procter & Gamble, the Reds Community Fund, the Cincinnati Zoo, Kroger, Interact for Health, Cincinnati Toolbank and others – to complete the 2016 Community Makeover on Thursday, July 28.
The Community Makeover project is an annual service project and this was ReSource’s first year as a partner. The 2016 Makeover benefited Lower Price Hill, with about 400 volunteers supporting the effort, working in 3 project locations in the neighborhood.
ReSource contributed design support and furnishings for the Espy Center makeover, which upgraded a dedicated space for children to participate in activities, do homework and hang out with each other in a safe space. We also utilized our relationship with Axis Interior Systems to carpet the entire center at deeply discounted pricing. This center has now been renamed as the Joe Williams Family Center and is a collaborative effort between Community Matters, who owns the building, and Santa Maria Services, which will run the Center. They will host an Open House on Friday evening, August 26.
Watch the entire day transformation in 2.5 minutes!
Other parts of the Makeover project included enhancements to the Evans Field and Playground, as well as the Community Gardens, which is now the largest greenspace in Lower Price Hill with natural playscape and learning gardens for children.
We at ReSource were eager to join this growing movement that significantly impacts many residents in specific communities. ReSource is a non-profit that helps other area non-profits stretch their dollar by providing training, connections and surplus corporate furniture, equipment and merchandise that would otherwise be discarded.
If you or someone you know has a nonprofit in need of furniture, equipment or training, contact us today 513.554.4944 or visit us online: www.ResourceWeb.org
Our ReSource On the Rise (OTR) group is hard at work this summer sharing their time and business skills with some of our non-profit clients. The eight young professionals have enjoyed getting to know one another through an “escape room” event in May, and getting to know several non-profits through a “speed networking” event in June, during which they were matched with non-profits whose work and needs personally resonated with them.
Now, they’re putting their talents to work, helping non-profits get the professional services they need to run their organizations.
June speed networking event paired YPs with nonprofits
“I’ve enjoyed my time working with Never the Less,” says OTR member Pete Schramm. He’s working with the group on fundraising and recruiting, using social media and communicating with local schools. “I’m looking forward to seeing their message spread and the impact of their mission grow.”
Nick Ibrahim, another OTR member, is working with Dr. Tommie Stroude at Word of Truth Ministries Church to organize their financial information, identify reporting strengths and opportunities, and train someone to keep up the work long-term.
“I’m working with Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) on a ribbon cutting ceremony for their newest location in the Batavia area,” says Meagan Webb, “It’s been a great experience so far.” She’s gotten a tour of their new location, learned what IPM does for the community, and hopes to be a part of the IPM team even after the Sept. 22 event.
The projects come to a close in September, after which the OTR members will report out about their experiences and celebrate with ReSource at the annual gala event in October.
ReSource held an 30th anniversary Kick-off on April 21 to celebrate the accomplishments of the past 30 years and announce this year’s Community Award recipients. ReSource board members, emeritus board, donors and supporters attended the event at the Taft Center, which was sponsored by Taft Law and Messer Construction.
ReSource awards will be formally presented at our fall gala on October 28 at Great American Ballpark.
Corporate Community Partner Award: Messer Construction
Nonprofit Community Partner Award: Easter Seals Tristate
Founder’s Award: People Working Cooperatively
Anniversary festivities continued on June 10 with an Open House, showcasing our warehouse of donated items and inviting all nonprofit agencies who are not current members to visit and learn more about us. The event also welcomed current member agencies, donors and other supporters for spin-the-wheel-for-prizes cornhole toss and warehouse scavenger hunt activities to add to the fun.
30th year events continue with:
our On-The-Rise Young Professionals matching service event kickoff in June
our participation, along with P&G, the Reds, Cincinnati Zoo and others, in a makeover project of a youth center in Lower Price Hill in July
our Fall Gala at Great American Ballpark Champions Club on October 28
We have a small staff at ReSource and rely on volunteers to help us with many activities — from planning and organizing our annual event to help in the warehouse, we count on many volunteers to make things run smoothly. We recognize these volunteers for their work in the first quarter of 2016: Doug Cutshall, Steve Hochwalt, Earl Flummer, Alyson Best, Mimi Gingold, Elaine Burns, Amelia Crutcher, Kathy Wilkinson, Barbara Bush, Millie Swaine, Angie Carl, Carol Rigaud, Rob Schmuelling, Magnfied Giving team from Moeller High School, and Servathon team from Miami Valley Christian Academy.
Happy National Volunteer Week! We appreciate all our volunteers!
Miami Valley Christian Academy Servathon students help process a large donation from Walmart.
We are thrilled to have an impressive group of young professionals join our 2016 On The Rise program. These YPs will be volunteering through ReSource to share their skills with our members. After kick-off and team-building events, they will participate in a “matchmaking” event in June, to learn about area nonprofits and link to one who needs their help. 2016 On The Rise Volunteers Maura Bahu, Phillips Edison Katie Dixon, Cincinnati Reds Sarah Dowlin, BHDP Architecture Arielle Goldberg, U.S. Bank Nick Ibrahim, USI Insurance Emily Kendall, Phillips Edison Asheley Ogletree, Cincinnati Public Schools Pete Schramm, Messer Construction Meagan Webb, Phillips Edison
Our On The Rise program is sponsored by: Phillips Edison (presenting sponsor), Oswald, PREP, and Tire Discounters.
An office at Cincinnati Children’s, tagged for donation to ReSource
When Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center moved it’s executive offices earlier this year, we received a call from one of our contacts at The RCF Group, who was in charge of the move. Finding a productive use for the old furniture was important to both Children’s and RCF, and they knew that ReSource was a great option. Both Cincinnati Children’s and RCF Group have been long-standing and strong supporters of ReSource.
In January, we received 3 very nice office suites plus other furniture, and brought it to our warehouse in Sharonville. Several local nonprofit agencies are now benefiting from this generous donation. Two of these are City Gospel Mission and YMCA Camp Campbell Gard.
Pete Frasano from Camp Campbell Gard, enjoys his new office.
The YMCA’s Camp Cambell Gard has provided thousands of kids an unforgettable experience that includes adventure, fun, and friendship through summer camp activities. Pete Frasano, Executive Director of the camp, is now enjoying a nicely furnished office thanks to this donation. When asked about their new furniture, Fasano said “I think Children’s Hospital will be very happy to hear that their donated furniture still serves children. Here at camp, we serve close to 10,000 children annually.”
Doug Dunlap, the Butler County Director of City Gospel Mission’s JobsPlus program was looking for an office suite for a new office. He had furnished a previous program with help from ReSource, so he knew where to come. This program helps people like Roger, who was homeless and hurting 3 years ago. In November 2015 Roger became one of the first Butler County graduates of the JobsPlus program.
Thank you, Cincinnati Children’s and RCF Group, for your donation which makes our community stronger through these life-changing programs. ReSource is proud to serve as the conduit to connect generous corporate donors to agencies in need.