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Dress for Success Case Study: Logistics and Work Flow Support

While many agency executives think “consulting” automatically means strategic planning, board development or even financial recommendations – sometimes consulting means logistics planning, modifying work process solutions, writing revisions to job descriptions or even doing grant research.  

For Dress for Success Cincinnati, having OneSource Center as a resource on all these topics has been a tremendous support as the organization prepares for its upcoming move to Norwood in June.   

According to Executive Director Lisa Nolan, when she and her team need help, she asks “How can we utilize OneSource Center’s services to assist us in this effort?”   

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Wanting to best utilize volunteers and the tremendous number of clothing donations coming through their facility, Dress for Success collaborated with OneSource Center to build efficiency systems into its inventory process and to make recommendations on staffing for the Donation Center. 

“Often what happens in organizations is that once work practices and department responsibilities are established, they are simply repeated over time without questioning if they are still the best approach,” said OneSource Center’s VP Consulting Services Vickie Ciotti. (more…)

Grant Research at CPL Pivoting Back to Main Library Focus

Grant research through the The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library has pivoted through the pandemic to make it as accessible as possible to nonprofit leaders. During COVID “quarantine” times, The Foundation Directory Online Essential Tier, a search engine for grant opportunities, had been available 24/7 through home access with a library card. 

As of Thursday, March 25, with a Cincinnati Public Library card, individuals will only be given one single 24-hour period (within a given month) to have home access to this database. (A day pass can be re-issued after 30 days.)  For library card holders — the good news with returns to “normalcy” is that the Foundation Directory Online Essential Tier has returned to being available for daily use at the main library – but the only catch is that use is by appointment only. 

NOTE: To assist agencies that can’t devote time for a downtown visit, or for agencies that need more extensive grant lists than they are able to do for themselves, OneSource Center now provides grant search services. Several agencies have utilized this offering, and laud its benefits. Contact Vickie Ciotti to get more information!

Kent Mulcahey, the library’s grant resource librarian, is an incredible resource and is available for Zoom/Google Meet sessions to discuss strategies and help guide your library grant search for the very best funders if you would like to utilize him during your “at home” pass day.  (Be sure to set up an appointment ahead of time to be sure he is available.)  

Questions? Email Kent at kent.mulcahy@cincinnatilibrary.org for instruction sheets, guidance or appointment times. Email Kent to schedule your grant research time at the library as well. More information, provided by the Grant Research team at the Cincinnati Library is here.

Stretch Food Supply through Victory Garden Program and Free Resources

Agency clients and community members interested in supplementing their summer food supply are getting support from The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati ToolBank. The “Victory Garden” initiative, a throw-back gardening program historically designed to help ease the pressure of food scarcity, helps local residents increase the availability of fresh produce and get the joy of “working in the dirt.” Through the program, the ToolBank is providing free tool rental and the Civic Garden Center is offering “How To” programming to help get projects moving. A free Zoom session “Create a Community Victory Garden” is being held on April 22, 7 – 8 p.m. to discuss the ins and outs of starting a garden. Speakers will also include GroundWorks Ohio River Valley, who will present gardening success stories.  A free resource from GroundWorks titled “Chris’s Urban Garden Adventure” shares a story of learning creative ways to safely start growing a garden in an urban setting.

Donations to Common Good Program Support Individuals in Need

The OneSource Center Common Good Voucher Program is an answer to community need, providing free retail products to individuals in our region impacted by the pandemic or challenging times. The program is a continuation of an initiative begun in 2020 which allows nonprofit agencies to recommend low-income clients to the OneSource Center program.  Individuals utilizing the voucher program come from a variety of backgrounds, but can be from recovery centers or homeless shelters or dealing with pandemic times. Voucher recipients are working with agency representatives to establish self-sufficiency, and this program supports this vision. 

All donations to the Common Good Voucher Program are used to provide vouchers to clients of nonprofit agencies.Items available through the program can include personal care, household and kitchen items and even furniture – items donated to OneSource Center’s warehouse distribution center by philanthropic corporate donors.  Free vouchers for extremely reasonably priced furniture and products are distributed in $25 increments to OneSource Center member agencies for use by their clients. Multiple vouchers can be combined for larger purchases. An agency representative accompanies their client(s) when shopping. (more…)

OneSource Center is Hiring

Warehouse Associate – Full-Time Position

OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence, a nonprofit resource center serving other nonprofits, seeks an energetic worker to assist in warehouse duties, going on runs with our box truck driver to pick up furniture donations, sorting and processing donated items in-house, and moving furniture for sale in our warehouse. We are looking for a dependable, hard-working person to join our team and will provide training.
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