ShareFest and the FRC Thrift Store May Sale

Most townies probably have an opinion on what Oxford is like during Miami University (MU) move-out weekend, but when you volunteer with ShareFest or at the Family Resource Center's (FRC) May Sales event, you will experience the move-out process in a unique, and perhaps, a more personal way.

The Family Resource Center began its partnership with ShareFest back in 2005, and thirteen years later, FRC staff is once again preparing for the busy and exciting pace that this event demands. For those of you who don't know..."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 benefit residents in need and social service agencies throughout the region."

The FRC is one of many organizations that will benefit from this massive donation collection effort, and for this purpose, is seeking individuals or teams that are willing to drive their own personal trucks or a box truck rented by FRC and to conduct light to heavy lifting/transport of items. Volunteers are responsible for picking up donated furniture, house ware items and food from residence halls and off-campus locations.  I know from personal experience that participating in Sharefest can be an exhilarating experience, a good a physical workout, and an opportunity to interact with departing students and their families in a meaningful way. Please consider volunteering with a friend or two and signing up for a shift to assist FRC with their pick-ups.

For those who would like to volunteer, but in a lower impact capacity, the FRC needs help to sort, organize, price, and sell the incoming donations from ShareFest at the annual multi-day May Sales event. The FRC is tentatively planning to hold the event as a yard sale at FRC's Common Cents Thrift Store. If a larger location can be obtained, I will post about it. 

If you want to learn more about volunteer opportunities for ShareFest or the May Sales event, please visit our page


A Word From our Intern:

Noelle is one of four student interns at the Family Resource Center (FRC) volunteering during the Fall 2017 semester. Noelle, a senior at Miami University studying Social Work and Sociology, is from Hudson, a suburb of Cleveland, OH. Her energy and enthusiasm for her work at the FRC has had a remarkable impact on the immediate welfare of our clients and the Oxford community in the past few months. Here is what she had to say…

Why the FRC is a great place to intern: I chose the Center as it offered a wide variety of social services for a local, not-for-profit agency and where I could learn a lot of different skills while getting involved in the behind-the-scenes, day-to day work. Due to its unique size, the FRC provided me with a wonderful opportunity to be more personable with clients; working one-on-one, both with individuals as well as with their families’ needs. My responsibilities included assistance with benefit applications, employment services, emergency financial assistance intakes, making referrals to other community services, and case management.

This internship has definitely prepared me for my intended career in social work, as it is so much more than just an amazing educational field experience.

What the FRC internship has taught her: I have learned an incredible amount of relevant social service resource information in my role at the FRC. I learned to maneuver through the many different state, federal, and community resources available to low-income people in this area.

Outside the classroom, it was here that I have seen and better understood the real obstacles and daily challenges facing people living in poverty. As a bonus, I have developed a work ethic that would not have been possible without my placement at The Family Resource Center.

I am very grateful for the opportunity, the staff and encourage anyone to give it a try!