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About Us


Our mission is to support and enrich the lives
of Clear Fork Valley residents.

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About Us


Our mission is to support and enrich the lives
of Clear Fork Valley residents.


What We Do

The Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center (BNOC) is committed to helping those in need with some of life’s essential items, such as food, clothing, and fellowship.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the BNOC offers:

  • New and gently-used clothing
  • Food for those in need
  • Activities to help enrich the lives of area residents

Who We Serve

We actively support the residents of Clear Fork Valley (southern Richland County, OH), which encompasses 110 square miles. Our service area is defined as the Clear Fork School District, which includes Bellville, Butler, and outlying communities. 


How We Operate

We are managed by very skilled and capable leaders and a board of trustees. We're also supported by hundreds of volunteers who provide the best possible service to the community.

We are here to provide assistance and help improve the quality of life in the Clear Fork Valley. If you need help, or if you know someone who does, please:


Our Clothesline


The BNOC Clothesline accepts clothing donations
which, in turn, fund our pantry program.

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Our Clothesline


The BNOC Clothesline accepts clothing donations
which, in turn, fund our pantry program.


About the Clothesline

The Clothesline accepts donations of new and gently used clothing. These clothing items are offered to anyone. Our clothing store is open 6 days a week, and all items are available for a nominal donation (or for free, if needed).

All income generated from the Clothesline helps us purchase food for our Free Choice Food Pantry.

People donate clothes to the Clothesline. In turn, income generated from the Clothesline helps purchase food for the Free Choice Pantry.

People donate clothes to the Clothesline. In turn, income generated from the Clothesline helps purchase food for the Free Choice Pantry.


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Our Pantry


Our Free Choice Food Pantry offers a variety of fresh, frozen, and packaged food items to those in need.

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Our Pantry


Our Free Choice Food Pantry offers a variety of fresh, frozen, and packaged food items to those in need.


About the Free Choice Food Pantry

The Free Choice Food Pantry is a mini-grocery store offering a variety of fresh, frozen, and packaged food items, as well as personal hygiene products. The majority of our food is purchased from the Cleveland Foodbank at a significantly discounted cost. In addition, we receive many donations from area churches, civic organizations, businesses, and compassionate individuals. These items are then distributed to families in need (based on financial guidelines established by Job & Family Services).

The BNOC Free Choice Food Pantry gets food from the Foodbank and local donors, then stocks the food, and lastly distributes the food.

The BNOC Free Choice Food Pantry gets food from the Foodbank and local donors, then stocks the food, and lastly distributes the food.


Our Backpacks for Kids Program


The BNOC partners with Clear Fork schools
to provide kids backpacks stuffed with nutritious food.

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Our Backpacks for Kids Program


The BNOC partners with Clear Fork schools
to provide kids backpacks stuffed with nutritious food.


About the Backpacks for Kids Program

Throughout the school year, the BNOC partners with Clear Fork schools to provide children nutritious food to take home over the weekend. At the end of each school week, eligible children are provided a backpack filled with nutritious food, which is discreetly sent home with each child.

Each child receives enough food for six full meals. Every week, BNOC volunteers pack six child-friendly meals into plastic bags that are then delivered to the Clear Fork schools. These packages may include a variety of items such as cereal, tuna, peanut butter, beef stew, canned vegetables, fruit, soup, pasta, pasta sauce, juice boxes, and snacks. The backpacks are also used to share nutrition education with the children’s families to reinforce healthy eating habits and lifestyles at home.

The BNOC partners with Clear Fork schools to provide children food to take home in backpacks over the weekend.

The BNOC partners with Clear Fork schools to provide children food to take home in backpacks over the weekend.


Our Activity Center


The BNOC Activity Center
hosts a variety of enriching activities.

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Our Activity Center


The BNOC Activity Center
hosts a variety of enriching activities.


About the Activity Center

The Activity Center enables children, adults, and senior citizens to gather in a friendly, safe, and enriching environment for a variety of fun activities. The Activity Center is also host to numerous community gatherings such as Chamber of Commerce meetings, Business Networking International (BNI) meetings, yoga classes, seminars, and workshops.

Furthermore, the Activity Center is home to a Computer Lab, which is used for research, as well as workshops on managing a household budget, creating a resumé, or searching for a job.

Space is available for personal / business use. Call 419-886-8395 to check availability, reserve space, or learn more about our recommended donation schedule.


Our Officers and Trustees


Trusted volunteer leadership.

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Our Officers and Trustees


Trusted volunteer leadership.


About Our Officers & Trustees

The Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center is managed by a team of volunteer officers and trustees. The officers and trustees are supported by hundreds of dedicated volunteers.


Our governing officers and trustees are:

 

President

Matt Merendino


Vice President

Mike Brenkus


Secretary

Sue Phillips


Treasurer

Priscilla Bowman


Trustees

Jim Beal
Corrine Bieri
Steve Bloir
Candy Branham
Judy Coppersmith
Kevin J. Dearth

Terri Hamilton
Ellen Hoam
Carol Hoeflich
Jason Potes
John Studenmund

 

Our Friends


We're blessed to work in cooperation
with a variety of mission-driven organizations.

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Our Friends


We're blessed to work in cooperation
with a variety of mission-driven organizations.


About Our Friends

The Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center has an extensive network of area friends and resources. To learn more about hunger and helping those in need, you may wish to visit our friends' websites or contact them at the information below. The web pages below are not the responsibility of the BNOC and we cannot be held responsible for their content.

 


Churches

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church: 419-886-3497
Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church: 740-694-6936
Bunker Kill Baptist Church: 419-883-3313
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church: 419-886-3444
Church of Christ: 419-886-0292
CitiChurch: 419-886-2484
Clear Fork Alliance Church: 419-886-4333
First Baptist Church - Bellville: 419-886-2271
First Baptist Church - Butler: 419-636-5813
Hilltop Community Church: 419-756-4113
Impact Worship Center: 419-886-9964
New Life Church of Christ: 419-886-3611
Newville Church: 419-886-0049
Owl Creek Brethren: 419-886-2036
Perry Church of Christ: 419-886-9988
Pleasant Grove Community Church: 419-886-2128
Bellville Presbyterian Church: 419-886-3881
River of Life Church: 419-883-3881
St. Paul Lutheran Church: 419-886-3521
Three Crosses Church: 419-883-3121


General Assistance

Cleveland Foodbank Help Line: 216-738-2067
First Call For Help: 2-1-1
Goodwill
Operation Warm
Salvation Army - Clear Fork Unit: 419-308-1927
Volunteers of America