There are a myriad of ways that you can live out your mission aspirations in the Oxford area. The following examples represent how you can meet your mission and service goals.

Oxford Free Clinic

Oxford Free Clinic’s mission is to reach the chronically ill, especially those with congestive heart failure, diabetes, or hypertension, and those who have significant monthly medical costs.  The goal is to enable area residents to follow their prescribed course of treatment.

Location of the Clinics:

First Wednesday

McCullough-Hyde Medical Building
5151 Morning Sun Road, Suite B
Oxford, OH 

Second Wednesday

Women’s Health Clinic (By appointment only)
McCullough-Hyde Medical Building
5151 Morning Sun Road, Suite B
Oxford, OH

Third Wednesday

First United Presbyterian Church
112 Stateline Rd.
College Corner, OH

Oxford Community Choice Pantry

North Locust Street at Withrow Avenue on the grounds of St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Contact Bob Ratterman, Pantry Director, at, or Candace Roseman, Volunteer Coordinator at, for further information.

Paper, Plastic or Both?

The Oxford Community Choice Pantry needs used shopping bags. Leave them in one of the pull-out bins in the The Bridge at OUMC or take them to the Pantry.

Oxford Family Resource Center

5445 College Corner Pike

Volunteers are needed to serve as receptionists and telephone contact persons.

Oxford Family Resource Center Thrift Store

Located at the Family Resource Center

Monday thru Friday
11:00AM to 6:00PM

Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Volunteers, donations and shoppers needed! The Thrift Store is open to the public. It has a wide range of household items, clothing, children’s storys, strollers, CDs and much more – all priced to sell. All proceeds go to support the mission of the Family Resource Center.

First Wednesday Community Dinners

Every Wednesday on of five Oxford churches serves a community dinner. OUMC is responsible for the first Wednesday of the month. Dinner is served in the OUMC Fellowship Hall at 5:30PM. Everyone is invited for food and fellowship. Specific details about this month’s dinner can be found at the following webpage: Community Dinner.

OUMC Dry Pantry

OUMC maintains a “dry pantry” of paper products, disposable diapers, laundry soaps and self-care items for distribution to persons who participate in the monthly community dinner event. The pantry is stocked at the beginning of the month and it is usually empty by the end of the month. The needs are great. We urge congregational members to include dry pantry items in their weekly shopping list. These items can be placed in the bins in the bridge to the the Education Building or brought to the kitchen on the evening of our community dinner.

PUSH (People United in Self Help)

OUMC works closely with PUSH to help our neighbors who are living in substandard housing. Oxford has a very large population of such families. We offer our hands to do simple home repair and maintenance work who find it impossible to complete such tasks. Example projects include painting, weatherizing, window cleaning, carpet laying, and basic carpentry.

Contact PUSH through the Family Resource Center, 513-523-2047 or at

For The Bins

We collect many items for charity in “The Bins, ” which can be found going from Fellowship Hall into the Education building, just before going through the glass doors, on the right in the lower middle part of the shelving are three pull out bins. Use any of them for any gifts you bring. We will sort them from there to the individual place they need to go.

What items do we collect? What follows is a listing to get you started. Save it as a reminder of how simple things can make a big difference.

  • “Taxable Goods” for the First Wednesday Dry Pantry: Paper products, diapers, soap, detergents, hand lotion, cleaning products, tooth brushes, tooth paste, etc.
  • Food for Oxford Community Choice Pantry. If you eat it so does someone else!
  • School supplies of all sorts.

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure:

  • Used pill bottles (for Matthew 25 Ministries for medical ministries around the world).
  • Motel soaps/shampoos/etc. Used towels, blankets, warm clothing (for homeless shelters).
  • Used eyeglasses (for sight saving projects around the world).
  • Used and usable Christian materials: Books, Bibles, devotionals, CDs, DVD’s, etc.(for distribution around the world).
  • Box Tops in Education (for McCurdy Ministries in Española, New Mexico).
  • Re-useable grocery bags - paper or plastic.
  • Worn out/dried out markers (to be recycled and to help earn a tree for the new Kramer Elementary School in Oxford).
  • Plastic lids of all sorts (to be made into benches for the new Kramer Elementary School in Oxford).
  • Plastic that Rumpke won’t accept. (Only certain numbered plastics are recycled locally. This includes Styrofoam. We have another recycler who does accept these things.)
  • Things for the “Free Stuff” shelf at First Wednesday Community Dinner. Those things you used part of and then decided you didn’t need/want/like. The list is long! Someone will be glad to have your “leftovers”.
  • Candles - bits and pieces or whole - (for a work project for autistic adults).

Bags to Mats

Help turn plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats for persons in Butler County who are homeless, while saving resources and reducing items in the landfill. Save or collect clean used plastic grocery or similar bags, cut them into strips and loop them together to make “plarn” (plastic yarn), or take the prepared balls of plarn and crochet them into mats. The mats are currently donated to Serve City in Hamilton, who distribute them to persons who do not sleep in a home or shelter.