To care for people in our local community by extending long-term, meaningful help through a variety of purposeful, collaborative efforts.
WHERE WE'VE COME FROM
A program was begun over 20 years ago in Milford, OH by Marlene Baker & David Hammock
Once called THE H.A.N.D.S. & later Hillcrest Community Services of Bethel, OH it eventually closed
Like many poverty relief efforts, they closed due to lack of funding & inadequate management
Landmark Ministries assumed & restructured the Christmas program in the early 90s & continues to develop it each year through partnerships.
Landmark is a separate, stable organization funded independently from Wrapping Clermont Together
WCT is designed to bring greater collaboration to Clermont County poverty & rehabilitation efforts
We work with schools, organizations, government agencies, businesses, individuals (see list)
We collaborate with other county agencies to cross-check all participants to help ensure we serve those truly in need, preserve valuable resources & redirect those who attempt to abuse the system.
HOW THINGS HAVE DEVELOPED:
We scaled the program down & began offering pre-wrapped gifts & $50 gift cards
Eventually we learned to honor parents by giving unwrapped gifts, wrapping paper, bows & tape
A partnership w/Freestore Foodbank allowed us to turn $50 gift cards into 10 separate food drops
We've also been able to give away home needs, health & beauty aids, pet food...a growing list of items
Local students are even connected with business professionals to enhance learning & life experience
WHERE WE'RE HEADING:
We start by offering help and hope during the Holidays.
We desire to meet the physical needs of Clermont County families while providing opportunities for them to grow beyond their current situations
Above and beyond any gifts we give away, our desire is to build trust & offer relationships such as mentoring, free counseling and free professional financial education.
The end game is to create a large network of true collaboration for the good of Clermont County
The Batavia Rotary Club provides a meal for the recipients at the event which allows folks to get to know and value one another.
Next week we will hear from Brian Switzer who will speak about school funding