Another Mom’s Weekend has come and gone here at OU and it’s ok to let out a little sob, we are all sad. On a happier note, the College Book Store account worked with the store in their sixth annual philanthropic event to raise money for My Sister’s Place – a local shelter for abuse victims.
The College Book Store designed a special shirt to represent this year’s Mom’s weekend. Each shirt purchased added $2.00 to the check that the store owner will send to the organization. Last year there was a whopping 528 shirts sold, 57 of those being from the Mom’s Market and the account hopes they beat that number this year!
Preliminary numbers show that shirt sales were up, but the account is still waiting for the final numbers to come in. To ensure a larger turnout, the account hung posters around campus and uptown, as well as ran a table at the Mom’s Market in Ping. The number of shirts sold at the market this year trumped last year’s.
To encourage moms to wear their new gear, College Book Store tried a side event: Get Carded! Mom’s who wore the shirt on Saturday had a chance to win a $9.99 gift card. Account members were roaming the campus and carding mothers sporting the new attire.
Thanks to all of the mom’s and their OU students who participated to help College Book Store with raising money for My Sister’s Place. We will release the final sales numbers when we receive them.
Austin Ambrose is a freshman studying Journalism. You can follow him on Twitter at @tex_ambrose7.
College Book Store will be ringing in Homecoming Weekend for the fifth year in a row with giving back to the community. The College Book Store ImPRessions account has been hard at work in Scripps 116 every Tuesday night preparing for Homecoming Weekend. Ohio University hosts Central Michigan for the annual Homecoming football game, but more importantly, Athens will welcome families, alumni and visitors alike.
College Book Store will be hosting their fifth annual “Homecoming for the Homeless” event. Students and alumni will be able to help give back to the community by purchasing Bobcat apparel at College Book Store on Court Street and Union Street Friday through Sunday. Not only will you pick up some sweet Bobcat swag, but you’ll be giving back to the Athens community at the same time. College Book Store is donating 10% of total profits this weekend to Athens Good Works, a shelter for those in need.
Good Works strives to empower and change lives, offer shelter for the homeless and provide life-changing opportunities to those who they serve. Those struggling with poverty and homelessness in the rural Appalachian region look to Good Works as a safe place of hope.
In preparation for this event, three teams were designated from the CBS account:
The Design & Research Team investigated what Athens Good Works accomplishes for the community, and designed a snazzy flyer that has been distributed across the campus and community.
The Social Media Team has been tweeting their thumbs off in order to generate some attention for College Book Store. Follow them @CBS_imPRessions!
The Writing Team wrote a press release and pitched it to local news sources for media coverage.
The account will also be handing out balloons at the parade on Court Street Saturday morning. Make sure to stake a good spot and say hi to the College Book Store account! They’ve been hard at work to raise the largest donation for Good Works yet- so help them out by shopping at College Book Store this weekend for all your Bobcat apparel. Have a fun and safe Homecoming Weekend!
-Gentry Bennett is a strategic communications major and an account associate for College Book Store. Follow her at @gen_andtonic.
By: Allison O’Brien, Account Associate, College Book Store
This year, College Book Store will be celebrating its 5th annual Moms Weekend philanthropic event by donating 20% of Moms Weekend t- shirt sales to My Sister’s Place. During Moms Weekend April 5-7 Ohio University Moms can pick up a green or purple shirt to support My Sister’s Place.
My Sister’s Place has been providing for women and children abuse victims since 1977. They provide outreach counseling for the women and children as well as providing a court advocate to handle legal matters. The shelter features a 24-hour crisis hotline that anyone can call to seek guidance and advice. My Sister’s Place also provides emergency food, hygiene products, and clothing to their residents. Donations from outside sources such as the Mom’s Weekend event assist in the purchasing of these items. Most importantly, all goods and services provided by My Sister’s Place are completely free of charge.
T-shirts are $9.99 each and you can pick one up from College Book Store now through Moms Weekend or stop by the booth from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Moms Market this Saturday at Ping. At the Moms Market booth you can also get a flyer for a free Ohio University moms pin to be redeemed at the store. Go out and buy a t-shirt for you and your Mom, and help benefit My Sister’s Place along the way!
The new shirt you buy Homecoming weekend may not only look good on you, but it’s also doing good for others. During homecoming weekend locally-owned College Book Store will be sponsoring their 3rd annual philanthropy event “Homecoming for the Homeless”. College Book Store will donate 10% of all purchases made in-store to the Good Works Timothy House. Last year more than $1,000 was donated to Good Works Timothy House from Homecoming weekend. The house has provided to over 200 men, women and children with an estimated 4000 to 5000 nights of shelter.
Timothy House is the only shelter in 9 counties available to men, women, and children who are in an emergency and need a place to go. Anyone who calls ahead can stay, but this year the staff are experiencing a shortage of space.
“We did not have room for most of the people who called in 2012. So far this year we’ve helped 163 different people, but we’ve had to say no to 200 people over the phone because we didn’t have room to be able to move them in,” said Andrea Horsch, Director of Caregiving for Timothy House.
Horsch says financial donations like those given by College Bookstore are what keeps the house running, “Financial donations to Good Works and Timothy House go toward utilities like paying the electric bill, keeping the lights on, keeping the house warm and also paying staff salaries so that we have people here making sure that the house is running smoothly and that the people who are living in the house are safe and have a stable place to be.”
To support Good Works and the Timothy House students can participate in “Homecoming for the Homeless” by making a purchase at College Bookstore on October 14th – 16th or by visiting http://www.good-works.net and clicking on volunteer opportunities.