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Charity of the Month: Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center

At Frame USA it’s important to us to make a difference.

Each month Frame USA supports a different charity organization. It’s a priority to us to help those in need by donating money, time, and other assistance and resources. Our goal is to make a difference in the community, both local and national, by providing resources to a variety of charity foundations.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Frame USA Charity VICRC

July 2018’s Charity of the Month is a local organization called Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, or VICRC. The Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center is a non-profit organization which provides resources to at risk community members that help them to build lifelong stability. VICRC’s mission is to build self-sustainability and create lasting change in the Lockland, OH area community.

VICRC provides emergency resources for families in need. They have a food pantry where every 30 days low income families can go “shopping” for free. This food pantry offers a wide selection of not only food, but also personal care products and baby formula. VICRC understands the impact of and wants to help reduce food insecurities and the rising childhood hunger rates.

In addition to their food pantry, VICRC has a similar clothing pantry. Every 30 days families have access to free clothing and housewares. They insure low income families and children have proper clothing, along with necessary household items such as dishes, cookware, and small appliances. Their clothing pantry also has other necessities available including baby diapers, adult diapers, and feminine hygiene products.

Charity Valley Interfaith

Along with emergency material resources, VICRC offers financial aid to residents in the area who are at risk of eviction or utility disconnection. This resource reduces the risk of homelessness or loss of crucial utilities services like water and electricity.

Valley Interfaith also provides holiday assistance to families in need. They will give holiday packages including food boxes and children’s gifts for Easter, Thanksgiving, and the winter holiday season. Along with this, they have a Back-to-School program where households with school age children receive school supplies at the beginning of the school year.

Valley Interfaith Charity

To learn more about Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, you can visit their website here. They are also currently accepting volunteers who are mission driven, team players, enthusiastic about helping others, and supportive of their vision.

Remember that for the whole month of July 2018, any purchase made on www.frameusa.com goes toward helping this charity. Frame USA’s website also gives you the option at checkout to make an additional donation to Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center if you choose to do so.

Charity VICRC

Our New SEO Coordinator with a Fine Arts Background

My name is Tory and I am FrameUSA’s new SEO Coordinator.
Three years ago I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration, and I thought to myself, “Now what?” Throughout all of art school, my professors made it clear that only a small fraction of us would ever have a career in the arts. However, it didn’t stop me from pursuing my calling as a creative individual.

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Reality hit after graduation that working as a full time artist takes years of dedicated practice outside of school, and that I would have to use my creativity in other ways. But I’ve continued making drawings and paintings and exhibiting in art shows. I’ve exhibited work in Nevada, Chicago, and in several galleries in Cincinnati. During September 2017, I completed a studio residency in Ontario, Canada.
The ability to express myself and explore my imagination through art making is more than therapeutic, it’s an essential part of myself. I love exploring color, world building, and making characters.

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As I started promoting my artwork online, I realized how interested I was in the marketing side of my work. Since I was a kid using dial-up AOL, I have always been fascinated by computers and the internet. After doing a web design project for a client, I was able to quickly pick up on SEO and online marketing. So I have decided to pursue that further with this new position at FrameUSA, while still making art in my free time. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity.

– Tory Erpenbeck