Volunteer Opportunites – Empty Bowls (Feed the Hungry in Butler County)

empty-bowlsPeople purchase a ticket to an Empty Bowls event and for the price of entrance, they choose a handcrafted bowl, eat a delicious soup and are able to socialize with like-minded, generous people. The money from ticket sales and silent auction items is then donated to local organizations that feed the hungry in Butler County.

 

Compass Christian Church is part of the Faith Alliance ; a group of churches whose mission : Tobowls-graphic-2-600x597 eliminate poverty in our community and by our actions demonstrate true Christian love.

  • Prevent individuals from entering poverty
  • Deal with the reality of poverty
  • Provide tools to help escape poverty.

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity please sign up for one of these Empty Bowls events.

Empty Bowls Events

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Monroe Empty Bowls
Saturday, October 22, 2016
First Church of God Monroe
100 East Avenue
Monroe, OH 45050
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$12 per Adult ticket
$5 per Child ticket (Age 12 and under)
Online ticket purchases available: Click here to purchase!
Tickets also available at the door.

Beneficiary: The Need Network Food Pantry

To volunteer to help at this event: Click here to volunteer!

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Fairfield Empty Bowls
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Fairfield Church of Christ
745 Symmes Road
Fairfield, OH 45014
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$10 per ticket
Online ticket purchases available: Click here to purchase!
Tickets also available at the door.

Beneficiary: Fairfield Food Pantry

To volunteer to help at this event: Click here to volunteer!

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C3 Empty Bowls

Sat, November 5, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

Join C3 at the Liberty Center, Sabin Hall as we present the Second Annual West Chester Liberty Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit hunger in our community.

Liberty Center, Sabin Hall  7650 Liberty Way Liberty Township, OH 45069 View Map

REGISTER for either the 11:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. seating

DONATE $25 per person toward feeding the hungry in our community

SELECT a handcrafted bowl made by local artists and organizations

RECEIVE your choice of soup, bread, dessert and a drink prepared by local chefs and restaurants

Click here to purchase:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-annual-c3-west-chester-liberty-empty-bowls-tickets-27555324718?aff=erelexpmlt

The Caring Community Collaborative (C3) is sponsoring the Second Annual West Chester Liberty Empty Bowls at Liberty Center on Saturday, November 5, 2016. They are looking for volunteers to paint bowls and/or work registration at some “pre”events at Liberty Center beginning October 9th and other weekends leading up the the event. If you would like to get involved and help create awareness and financial resources to help the hungry in our neighborhood, please use the link below to sign up and come join in the fun!

Proceeds from Empty Bowls will go to Reach Out Lakota and the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch and Literacy Program.

Click here to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44adaf2fa7fb6-second

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Oxford Empty Bowls
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Oxford Community Arts Center
10 South College Avenue
Oxford, OH 45056
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$10 per ticket
Tickets available at the door.

Beneficiary: Oxford Community Choice Pantry

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Empty Bowls End-of-Year Gala
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Jag’s Steak & Seafood
5980 West Chester Road
West Chester, OH 45069
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
$35 per Adult ticket
$20 per Child ticket (Age 12 or under)
Online ticket purchases available: Click here to purchase!
Tickets will not be available at the door.

Beneficiary: Empty Bowls Butler County

To volunteer to help at this event: Click here to volunteer!

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Hamilton Ridgeway Empty Bowls
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Ridgeway Elementary School
267 Wasserman Road
Hamilton, OH 45013
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
$10 per ticket
Tickets available at the door.

Beneficiary: Shared Harvest Foodbank

 History of Empty Bowls in Butler County

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When Carolyn Coley, wife of State Senator Bill Coley, visited Jekyll Island, Georgia, on vacation, she didn’t know then it would spur her life’s passion.  “I visited a shop on Jekyll to learn more about weaving, which is a hobby of mine” says Carolyn. “While there, I noticed these beautiful handmade bowls and some information about an upcoming event called ‘Empty Bowls’.  As the shop owner explained the mission, I was overwhelmed by how simple yet effective this could be.”

“I came home and found out that Oxford has been doing Empty Bowls for 12 years,” said Coley. “But Butler County needed to do Empty Bowls everywhere.”  And from there, a passion was born.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding in Michigan, each Empty Bowls’ event is based on the same concept.  Handcrafted bowls are donated by many different sources:  this year, Transitional Living, St. Joseph Orphanage, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County, local schools and colleges, and independent artists are all making bowls, just to name a few. Through generous donations from Meijer and Walmart, Coley was also able to purchase a kiln for Empty Bowls so bowl making “parties” can be held as additional activities supporting the Empty Bowls mission.

That is where Butler County United Way comes in.  With a focus on improving the community through education, income stability and health, they make quite an impact on their own.  However, through collective efforts, the community impact can be incredible.

“We will act as the fiscal agent for Empty Bowls in Butler County,” stated Mag Baker, President and CEO of Butler County United Way.  “What this means is that all financial dealings will be handled through us to ensure complete transparency of all donated funds and how they are applied.  Empty Bowls aligns perfectly with our mission to connect and mobilize resources to improve lives within Butler County.”

Food for the events are either donated by local restaurants or homemade by Empty Bowl volunteers, such as at the Oxford event. Butler County schools support the event as well, using their artistic skills to decorate small handled bags to take bowls home in and making placemats for the table settings.  And Butler County United Way volunteers will be among those there to help serve food.

People purchase a ticket to an Empty Bowls event and for the price of entrance, they choose a handcrafted bowl, eat a delicious soup and are able to socialize with like-minded, generous people. The money from ticket sales and silent auction items is then donated to local organizations that feed the hungry in Butler County.

“What I love about Empty Bowls is that everything is donated so when money is collected at the event, all of that money goes to the community to feed hungry residents,” says Coley.  “These events weave together the arts, the act of collaboration and, of course, food, which ultimately benefits our county by helping people get back on their feet.”

Butler County United Way partner agencies, such as the Fairfield Food Pantry, will benefit from the Empty Bowl events scheduled to happen throughout October and November.  “Working together, we can make great things happen for everyone in Butler County,” continues Baker.  “It is amazing how being part of a grassroots effort like this, either by handcrafting a bowl, donating your time to volunteer, or purchasing a ticket to the event, can create a lasting effect on our community.

The Empty Bowls movement in Butler County has certainly taken hold. This year events will be held in Monroe, Fairfield and West Chester/Liberty Township. In 2016, Empty Bowls will further expand to Middletown and Trenton and a second event in Hamilton.

Want to get involved?

Find out more about Empty Bowls and Butler County United Way.

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