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Moving out? Don't discard useful items - donate to ShareFest May 15-20

Written by Susan Meikle, university news and communications, meiklesb@MiamiOH.edu.

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Preparing to move out this week? Don't discard useful items  — donate furniture, school supplies, clothing and other items to ShareFest 2014 during Miami’s Move-Out Week, May 15-20. 

ShareFest volunteers will come pick up your items — just fill out a form online: Schedule a Donation Pickup

Needed donations include furniture (not mattresses); clothing; school supplies; small electronics; cleaning supplies; and other items.

ShareFest is a service and environmental event dedicated to the collection and redistribution of items donated by Miami University students at the end of the academic year.  

Collected items benefit residents in need and social service agencies throughout the region.

The nonprofit and governmental social service agencies that participate in ShareFest may give donated items to people in need or sell items through the ShareFest Sale, with proceeds benefitting the agencies and their clients. 

Participating agencies include The Family Resource Center, Butler County Children Services and the Lighthouse Food Pantry. 

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ShareFest volunteers

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed at the Family Resource Center (FRC) to help sort and organize donated items, assist with sales during the ShareFest Sale and to drive trucks and move heavy items. Sign up for a three-hour shift May 15-21:

  • To help sort and organize, sign up here
  • To drive a truck and move heavy items, sign up here
ShareFest 2013: A record year

ShareFest has grown each year since it began in 2005. It became established as a nonprofit service and environmental corporation in late 2013.

ShareFest 2013 was a record year for donations. Diane Ruther-Vierling, executive director of the FRC, said "The FRC earned $11,760 from the 2012 sale of items at the FRC ShareFest store and $16,505 from the 2013 sale of items.  Roughly, this translates to being able to offer financial assistance with rent or utilities or prescription medications to an additional 30 families."

ShareFest 2013 also had a record number of volunteers, with 290 students and community members helping with donation pickups, sorting/organizing and assisting with the ShareFest store.

Miami sponsors 

Among other sponsors, Miami organizations sponsoring ShareFest include Associated Student Government; office of community engagement and service; office of residence life; and the partnership office.

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Family Resource Center awarded for work with Miami students

Oxford's Family Resource Center was recently recognized by Miami's department of family studies and social work for their work in the community and for their partnership providing learning opportunities for Miami students.

Each year the FRC welcomes and supervises students completing their undergraduate internships or volunteering for their social work classes.

Twenty student interns worked in various roles at the center this academic year and many more students have volunteered there as part of a service-learning experience, according to Ruther-Vierling.

The award was presented by Carine Feyten, dean of the College of Education, Health and Society, during Miami's first annual Social Work Week in April.

The FRC provides a range of services including emergency assistance, job programs, educational services, financial coaching, a thrift shop and community gardens.

When is the Sharefest Sale?
  • 12:30-6 p.m. May 18-May 21, at the gymnasium in the old Talawanda High School, 101 W. Chestnut St.
Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency