Ever dream of starting something life-changing with your best friend? The co-founders of OHgo have done just that.
Kendra Faulkner and Christine Boesch have been friends for 13 years since meeting in college. Both had fulfilling careers – Kendra as a children's director at Faith Memorial and Christine as a teacher. Kendra saw that some families were unable to attend free events she was hosting because they did not have transportation. This realization sparked something in both women and soon after, magic happened.
It started with Kendra deciding she wanted to get some friends together to help deliver ten Christmas trees to families who may need them. She shared her excitement with Christine, and the two started up a conversation with Christine’s husband, Ryan, who was attending law school. With the help of Ryan and a knowledgeable professor, they were able to start up their non-profit, OHgo, in just five weeks.
OHgo’s mission isto inspire life-long contributors to society by facilitating acts of kindness within the community, delivering goods through a mobile service to disadvantaged families, and offering learning experiences within their local environment that encourages every individual to become a catalyst for positive change. Their focus is on neighborhoods in Erie County where they have identified a need. Some of their mobile projects include:
Bookmobiles: traveling to parks all summer long to help fight reading regression. Volunteers play and read with children and assist them in choosing books to keep.
Food Pantry: a year-round mobile pantry providing families to choose what they want from the fresh produce, meats, eggs, breads and dry goods available.
Kids’ Pantry: providing kids with nutritional, but easy to prepare and open meals.
Season mobile projects include a pumpkin patch, Christmas trees, Project Happy shoebox gift delivery, and educational activities for community events.
According to Kendra and Christine, their service is barrier-free since they show up where they are needed. When basic needs are fulfilled, people can concentrate on buying the medications they need or paying past-due bills. The results have been heart-warming as neighborhood residents are coming out to help each other and building their community. Christine and Kendra say they witness “intentional acts of kindness” every time they are out, which is a testament to their cause.
When OHgo wanted to expand their business to include a warehouse for storing food and their trucks, they reached out to their personal contact at VLFCU, Meg Chrislip-Blackburn, in our business lending department. Now, they are able to spend less time on the road to purchase food and more time filling in the holes to help people who need it. They say that VLFCU shows genuine interest in their dreams and continues to support their future.
If you would like to learn more about OHgo, including how to volunteer or make a donation, please visit their website at ohgoreach.org. You can also call 419-602-0856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow them on Facebook (@OHGOREACH), Instagram (@WHERESOHGO) or Twitter (@WHERESOHGO).