Empty Bowls Mercer County is the signature fundraiser for Our Home Family Resource Center, designed to raise support for and awareness of the programs, projects, and services that Our Home provides to folks here in Mercer County. Empty Bowls Mercer County is comprised of two complementary events: the “Create A Bowl” painting event (January 18) and a “Dinner & Auction” (April 4).

The goal for Empty Bowls Mercer County 2020 Campaign is $27,500.

Why Empty Bowls? We chose this event as our signature fundraiser because empty bowls are a visual representation of the unmet needs faced by individuals and families in our community. Each empty bowl represents a different situation faced by those Our Home’s programs serve: a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, a person between addresses, someone struggling with illness, a child who misses his parent, a household without heat, the guardian of a special needs child who needs respite, or someone feeling hopeless and alone.

By supporting the Empty Bowls Mercer County 2020 Campaign you’ll be funding the well-established and broadly supported programs and projects of Our Home, filling the bowls of your Mercer County neighbors, and sowing hope into their lives during times of despair. And, since all the food, soft drinks, and venue costs for this event have been donated, all of your sponsorship dollars will go directly toward support of Our Home’s programs.

We hope that you can join us as a painter, diner, and/or sponsor!

Below, we have provided a full List of Sponsorship Opportunities for Empty Bowls Mercer County Dinner & Auction and the recognition and benefits that go along with each level of support. Please note that the deadline for Kettle, Ladle, Spoon, and Bowl Level sponsorships is March 15th (to allow time for creation of banners and print materials).

At the “Dinner & Auction” you will dine on a delicious, all-you-care-to-eat buffet of savory soups (menu favorites donated by local restaurants), salad bar, fresh bakery rolls, and desserts. And, you will get to choose a hand-painted bowl to take home as a reminder of your personal contribution to filling the empty bowls in this community. These bowls were created and donated by volunteers at our “Create A Bowl” event in January. The dinner will be anchored by a four-flight silent auction, with door-prize drawings and raffles throughout the evening.

How Are Proceeds From Empty Bowls Used?

Our Home Family Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) organization and our work is carried out through four distinct programs: Direct Services & Referral, Family Crisis Network, Raft Supervised Visitation Center, and Family & Children First Council. Each program seeks to assist people in need, motivate them to develop and achieve their goals, and inspire their confidence and self-sufficiency. Our Home also coordinates several special county-wide projects, including school supply drives, coat drives, and the Mercer County Angel Tree program.

Resources are required to provide these services; proceeds from Empty Bowls Mercer County provide valuable funding to continue and expand Our Home’s programs.

For example, it costs…

$1000 to shelter & provide support for an abused mom and her children for 1  month

$500 for a month of supervised visits so children in foster care can stay in touch with their mom or dad

$300 for a weekend of respite for the mother of a special needs child

$150 for supervision to introduce a non-custodial parent to his child

$125 for a sensory tent so that an autistic child can get a good night’s sleep

$100 to advocate for a victim of domestic violence, and accompany to court

$75 to help a senior citizen repair his wheelchair

$50 to operate crisis line for domestic violence/sexual assault victims for a week

$25 to support and counsel a person in a financial emergency and give her referrals

$10 for a 3-day supply of nourishing food for a family of four

$5 for a 4-day supply of diapers and wipes for a baby whose parent is unemployed


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