ReSource Participates in Red’s Community Makeover

The 2017 ReSource Team

ReSource is proud to have joined the Cincinnati Red’s Community Makeover Day as a project partner! The 2017 day of service was held on July 20th in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Evanston. ReSource provided design support and furniture to renovate the old Hoffman School building.  

Over 400 volunteers from P&G, Kroger, and the Cincinnati Zoo participated in the day long project. At the Hoffman School, renovations included upgrades to the kitchen, cafeteria, and gym as well as meeting and community spaces, with the goal to reduce operating costs and energy usage. As part of the project, the Hoffman baseball fields also received a major makeover.

Another exciting aspect of the project was the creation of a Naturescape; a nature-inspired community playground that includes an interactive building and play area, water feature, and 75-foot zip line along with walking trails and log paths.

The Community Makeover Day was created to transform and impact an urban neighborhood, while also improving the local youth baseball and softball programs. Overall, the project looks to invest in the long term development of Evanston and its residents.

In our second year participating as a project partner, ReSource joined in partnership with the Reds Community Fund, P&G, Cincinnati Zoo, Kroger, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Interact For Health, Cincinnati ToolBank, and Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

It is our mission to build stronger nonprofits. By partnering with projects such as the Community Makeover Day, ReSource is continually working to build and empower a sustainable community throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.

A few of the finished rooms:

Development Director, Martha Steier and super volunteer Gwen Barker, celebrate success after a long hot day.

On-The-Rise YP Program Underway

ReSource’s On-The-Rise program for young professionals is underway! The program kicked off on Thursday, June 8th as this year’s group met at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Herald Building.  

On-The-Rise is designed to bring together a group of talented and driven young professionals (“YPs”) to partner with local nonprofits that serve the greater Cincinnati area. Through this program, participants are able to connect with new people and new causes, while providing invaluable professional services to a local nonprofit agency.

This year’s program pairs young professionals with the following partner agencies:

Cancer Family Care, Health Care Connection, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and Ohio Cleats for Kids.  The YPs will work with these agencies on special projects and planning an event for each agency.  

ReSource is excited to welcome the following YPs to our On-The-Rise program:

Ryan Pauley (USI Insurance), Katherine Devora (USI Insurance), Joshua Schroer (US Bank), Jonathan Stanwyck (US Bank), Aaron Senich (TriHealth), Meghan Jones Dick (TriHealth), Chris Quigley (Messer Construction), Tim Schirmann (Messer Construction), Kristina Wilber (The Christ Hospital), Patrick Rodriguez (The Christ Hospital), Sarah Edwards (The Christ Hospital), Ashley Clos (The Christ Hospital), Katie McDermot (CBRE), Page Natoli (Phillips Edison), John Strittholt (Deloitte & Touche), and J.B. Bernhard (Cushman Wakefield).

On-The-Rise is co-chaired by ReSource board members Katie Schneider and Justin Hartfiel. The program runs until October, and concludes with the YPs attending ReSource’s annual gala.

If your agency is interested in YP assistance, or you are a YP interested in networking and getting more involved in your community, we encourage you to apply for next year’s On-The-Rise program!

ReSource on Channel 12

Recently ReSource’s Executive Director Christie Brown was invited to appear on a U.S. Bank BusinessWatch segment, presented by The Cincinnati Business Courier on Channel 12. 

Celebrating our Roots … and Future

rosie-redThe 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. 

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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.

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This short video provides the highlights:

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ReSource Has Day at the Ballpark

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. 

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Our thanks for hosting this event goes to:
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ReSource Supports 2016 Community Makeover

The Joe Williams Family Center

The Joe Williams Family Center

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!

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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:

ReSource On the Rise Update

YPs team up at Breakout Cincinnati escape room

YPs team up at Breakout Cincinnati escape room

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

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.

30th Anniversary Festivities

ReSource_IMG_2811-20160421ReSource 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

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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. 

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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

Happy National Volunteer Week!

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.

Miami Valley Christian Academy Servathon students help process a large donation from Walmart.

2016 On The Risers

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.

On The Rise YPs2016 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.