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.