Homeport provided Urbancrest residents a one-stop opportunity to access various resources and services - including a teen soccer match, live music, interpreter service, raffle, and a FREE Fresh Produce Market during the Bending Brook Health & Resource Fair held on April 10, 2012.
Special thanks to the support of our community partners:
- Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
- Mid-Ohio Food Bank
- Red Cross of Greater Columbus
- Ohio Consumer Council
- Jackson TWP Fire Department
- Mayor Barnes
- DJ Tim
- Nimo Amed
- Nationwide Children's Hospital
- Columbus State Community College
- Job Corps
Numerous children from the Bending Brook community won YMCA gear including T-shirts, frisbees, and water bottles; resident Ron Evans even won a full-year YMCA membership. Younger children were engaged in various ways, with AmeriCorps member Sarah Gange teaching how to make friendship bracelets and Jackson Township Fire Department demonstrating fire prevention. The Red Cross promoted healthy food choices, and the Ohio Consumer Council and Caresource provided information on how to access their services. DJ Tim kept everyone dancing, while YMCA Manager Pam live-tweeted the event. Highlights of the night were captured through Columbus Messenger's interviews and Miriam's photography.
Additionally, the Homeport Community Life Department and a host of volunteers gave away 10,000 pounds of fresh produce provided by Mid-Ohio Food Bank. This amazing team - comprised of Homeport staff and volunteers, AmeriCorps members, YMCA staff, Chase, community volunteers, and Mayor Barnes - came together to reach 142 families, 50 seniors, 170 children, and 249 adults residing in the Urbancrest community.
A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers, community partners, and Homeport staff for taking time out of their schedules to help the Community Life team and its AmeriCorps members to host a successful event for the residents of our Bending Brook community.