Oxford, Ohio is a small town with a big heart. Working at both Enjoy Oxford and the Lane Library (where groups reserve rooms for meetings on a daily basis) has put me in a position to see just how often our residents come together with the purpose of not just bettering our community but also society on a grander scale. From the Oxford chapters of organizations like Not in Our Town and PFLAG to a consistent schedule of fundraisers and 5Ks for important causes, this is a town that cares.
It comes as no surprise, then, that Oxford has quite a few ways to give back, whether that's environmentally for the sake of our planet or socially for the sake of the amazing humans who live on our planet! Below are just a few upcoming events, as well as year-round opportunities, to help you make a positive contribution. Because we're all in this together. (Which, from my days working at the Boys and Girls Club, I know is a High School Musical song. But it's still true, so I'm keeping it.)
When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at 10AM
Where: Uptown Park (2 East High St.)
The Oxford Area Coalition for a Healthy Community works towards making Oxford a healthier place for everyone, with workgroups dedicated to specific areas like substance abuse and mental health, as well as programs such as the Youth Initiative Team and Medication Take Back.
Plant the Promise is a day where community members plant red tulips all throughout Oxford. This event is an extension of Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign to raise awareness for drug and alcohol abuse. Planting the red tulips represents a promise to foster a healthy and safe community, as well as a way of acknowledging that making a difference doesn't happen overnight. When the tulips bloom in spring we'll all be reminded of how important it to keep going when things get hard because the results can be beautiful even if they're gradual.
You can read more about Plant the Promise here, and then stop by the uptown park this Saturday at 10AM to participate. If you have any additional questions about the event, call 513-273-3390 or email email@example.com
When: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 from 1PM - 4PM
Where: Right at your doorstep!
Every year the Kiwanis Club of Oxford holds a community-wide Holiday Food Drive, and 2018 is no exception!
To participate, all you have to do is leave your donations in a bag or box right on your front porch by 1PM on Sunday, Nov. 4th for volunteers to gather up when they go door to door. If you're not sure which items are needed, check out the flier to the right for a helpful list of suggestions.
All the collected donations are given to The Oxford Community Choice Pantry, who will then distribute the food in Holiday Baskets in both November and December. Since there will be two rounds of holiday baskets, "think two" and try and give two of each item if you can! But really, anything at all you can give is greatly appreciated, no matter how big or small. It will mean something to someone.
When: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 from 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Where: Oxford Community Arts Center (10 S. College Ave.)
Three Valley Conservation Trust is a local non-profit land trust, dedicated to the conservation of Southwest Ohio's natural habitats, waterways, and agricultural lands. They're an important asset to the community who also support and assist regional farming families and local governments in a shared goal of green space and farmland preservation, conservation zoning, and more.
With all that being said, doesn't 3VCT sound like an amazing organization to support? We think so! That's why we're excited for their 2018 Auction for Acres, a dinner event (catered by Silver Spoon Catering) with food, drink, and raffle entertainment. A list of exciting auction items will be available for guests to bid on and all money will go to 3VCT to help them as they continue their crucial work for a happy, healthy environment.
You can view the auction items, as well as purchase your ticket, here.
When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 from 11AM to 2PM
Where: Oxford Community Arts Center (10 S. College Ave.)
Oxford Empty Bowls is a benefit soup luncheon that brings several groups of Oxford together to form one cohesive community event. From the artists who make the bowls to the volunteers who serve the soup, everyone has a hand in making this the impactful event we've all come to enjoy.
So what is the event, exactly? Empty Bowls is a luncheon wherein guests choose from a gorgeous collection of bowls that have been created and decorated by local artists as well as MU and Talawanda students. They then choose from a variety of soups, as well as homemade bread and desserts. Last but certainly not least, they sit amongst their neighbors and dine together!
Tickets are only $10 for adults, and free for children ages 10 and under (though they'll need to bring their own bowl). All proceeds from this event go to the Oxford Community Choice Pantry. If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, visit the Facebook event page for contact information.
You don't have to wait for a specific event to contribute time, food, or money to a deserving cause or group. Oxford has several amazing organizations that would love to hear from you:
Volunteer your time as a receptionist, shopping assistant, or food stocker at The Oxford Community Choice Pantry so that this organization can continue providing important resources to the community. Food donations are also welcome, as are monetary donations. Money can actually be donated in several ways, all of which you can read about here.
The Oxford Family Resource Center is a non-profit organization providing a range of social services to low-income individuals and families, from free tax preparation to financial counseling, emergency financial assistance, and more. You can support them by donating clothes, household items, furniture, non-perishable food items and more to their thrift store. Or sign up to volunteer with them as a receptionist, a tax counselor, or a someone who helps keep up their community garden from spring to fall.
Every Wednesday at 5:30PM, a community dinner is held at one of five Oxford churches. (See the rotating location schedule here.) You can volunteer your time or a food donation so that these dinners can continue to be a helpful resource to community members who are in need of nutritious meals
United Way of Butler County hosts the Community Connect website which puts you in touch with all area volunteer needs. Research, reach out, and get involved!
Written Oct. 24, 2018
By Taylor Meredith
Enjoy Oxford Communications Specialist