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Cause and Effect: A Strong Start to Community Programs in 2017

oswaldcompanies April 18, 2017

New Year’s resolutions often fade as the pace of the year picks up. However, the resolve to serve others is a year-round commitment.

From discovering new and creative ways to get involved, or acting quickly in response to critical needs, we hope the following recent programs inspire you and your organization to find meaningful ways to give back in 2017.

Restoring hope for VOA in Columbus

On Jan. 2, a large fire destroyed the warehouse used by our client, Volunteers of America, to store items donated to their thrift stores. As the Columbus Dispatch reported, “Much of the 25,000-square-foot warehouse was destroyed, including all of the donated items inside. In all, an estimated 225,000 pounds of clothes were ruined…the items hold no value until they are sold.”

As strong supporters of Volunteers of America, the Columbus office started a donation drive to help recoup lost items. In addition, they notified Pelotonia, our work-neighbors next door, who were happy to donate, as well as support from the Cleveland office. Together the groups collected numerous boxes and bags of clothing, housewares, furniture and kitchen items, and filled the truck for Friday, Jan. 20, VOA pick up.

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Detroit Office Lends a Hand-Up; Supports Families in Need

On March 23, the Detroit office traveled to help clients at Crossroads of Michigan, a social services outreach agency in Detroit that provides counseling, advocacy and emergency assistance to anyone in need. The team collected non-perishable food items in the weeks leading up to our Day of Caring and experienced the joy of seeing our donations help fill the food pantry as we stocked and organized it.

Several employee-owners spent the afternoon sorting and arranging clothing as our team worked together to help clients meet their immediate needs.

In addition, on May 4, the Detroit office will partner with the Toledo office to support The Phyllis Recca Foundation. Founded in 2000 by Phyllis Kennedy, the sister of Oswald employee-owner Dianne Kennedy, the organization was born out of Phyllis’ life-long dedication to the health and well-being of children.

The Foundation supports low- to middle-income families who have suffered through the life-threatening illness of a child with financial support of medical bills, as well as child-centered educational, civic and social activities. To date, the Foundation has helped more than 200 families.

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Style and Substance Business Clothing Drive

Building on last year’s success, all tenants of Oswald Centre were invited to clean out their closets and provide critical clothing for those in our community seeking job interviews, opportunities and more through economic development programs.

We collected three full carloads full of new or gently used business professional clothing, shoes and accessories, of all sizes, for men and women.

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Harvest for Hunger Campaign Springs into Action

The Oswald Cleveland office recently launched its annual Harvest for Hunger campaign, which includes a variety of engaging ways for employee-owners to get involved and give back:

  • Spring-themed Bake Sale
  • Spring Basket team competition, with a raffle (photo below)
  • Silent Auction & more

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