We ask Hopedale members and friends to help serve and assist our neighbors and friends at the Community Meal Center at the Zion Lutheran Church, 212 South Front St. in Hamilton, Ohio, on the first Friday of every month, from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. If you would like to know more about the Meal Center or would like to carpool from Oxford, please call Liz Woedl at 513-280-1044.
We encourage Hopedale members and friends to volunteer as shopping assistants for our friends and neighbors at the Oxford Community Choice Pantry (OCCP), 400 W. Withrow St., Oxford, Ohio. OCCP serves approximately 300 households in the Talawanda School District. You can find out more at http://www.oxchoicepantry.org/ or by calling 513-523-3851. The “support” page on their website features many ways you can help OCCP!
Hopedale is putting together crews of workers to participate in the 2017 Faith Build in the Oxford area, a Habitat for Humanity project. Oxford area churches are joining together with Miami Students and other community organizations to fund and build the 9th and 10th Habitat houses in the development of Reckford Woods. These last two houses provide an opportunity for the faith community to serve alongside and partner with a Habitat Home Buyer Family. Each home buyer family must contribute over 500 hours of “sweat equity” in the building of the house.
The foundation for the 9th house is going to be poured and work on the structure will begin on November 4 and will continue throughout the fall and winter finishing up in the spring. Oxford Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Mary Catholic Church, Oxford United Methodist Church, Hopedale UUs, and Faith Lutheran Church have banded together for this venture.
Each church will provide build teams of volunteers for Saturday through Thursday workdays. A typical build schedule is approximately 16-20 weeks with 20 volunteers working each Saturday. No experience is necessary and all supervision, tools and equipment are provided. The churches participating in the Faith Build will share the cost of the home with other donor sources. Cool T-shirts will be available for reasonable fee to help with fundraising.
Our bit: On each of three scheduled workdays, 5 Hopedale friends and members will work on the house site with 10 Miami U. students, and 5 Habitat workers. We will also provide a lunch for the 20 worker/volunteers on those days. You don’t have to be a skilled house builder to participate! The Habitat workers provide the expertise and the MU student provide the oomph. People, 16 and older, can work on the house and those who are younger can help with making and serving lunch.
Dates needing a Hopedale presence
- Nov 11, Noon- onsite Kickoff with the Crawfords.
- Dec 9, ALL DAY- onsite Hopedale Work Day, we provide 5 workers
- Jan 27, ALL DAY- onsite Hopedale Work Day, we provide 5 workers
- Mar 10, ALL DAY- onsite Hopedale Work Day, we provide 5 workers
You can contribute in so may ways, work on the house, prepare lunch for the volunteers, make individual contributions and support fundraisers to raise the funds for Habitat. Please call Liz Woedl, 513-280-1044, if you are interested in joining the effort.
(Hopedale volunteers from a previous Faith Build)