Tuesday, April 02, 2002

Some Good News

Group shares supplies

By Allen Howard, ahoward@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NAEIR rhymes with share. And that is what the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources does for schools and charities all over the country.

        NAEIR collects excess inventory from corporations. Schools and charities can order them, if they pay a membership fee, handling and shipping costs.

        “It is a way to get new merchandise at a cut cost,” said Zack Zavada, director of communication for NAEIR. “(The) only requirement for joining NAEIR is be a school or what the IRS classifies as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

        Products donated include office supplies, computers, tools and hardware, arts and crafts material, toys, maintenance supplies, electrical and plumbing fixtures, sporting goods, paper products, books, clothing, personal care items and holiday party goods.

        “It has been a great deal for us,” said Joe Bova, business manager at St. Bernard Church of Taylors Creek, 7130 Harrison Ave. The church has been a NAEIR member since 1997.

        Tara Dawson, director of marketing and development of Child Focus Inc., Clermont County Head Start, said her agency orders most of its supplies from NAEIR.

        “We get office supplies, plates, cups, paper, art supplies, crayons, coloring books, you name it,” she said.

        The agency serves 3,000 children. The agency has been a member of NAEIR since 1992.

        Sixteen other schools and charitable groups in Greater Cincinnati belong to NAEIR.

        Mr. Zavada said members pay dues ranging from $475 to $575, plus shipping and handling. Merchandise is free.

        NAEIR was founded in 1977. It is a not-for-profit organization. The group is located on a 10-acre warehouse in Galesburg, Ill. American businesses, which get a federal tax deduction for their donations, have given $1.7 billion worth of products.

        Items for donations usually build up from production overruns, canceled orders or model updates, Mr. Zavada said.

        Call (800) 562-0955 or visit the Web site at www.naeir.org.

        • • •

        Two members of the Covington-Kenton County Jaycees have won top honors in the National U.S. Junior Chamber competition.

        Ann Schooley of Graydon, Head and Ritchey law firm, downtown, placed in the top 10 in the William Brownfield Competition for Jaycees with less than two years experience.

        Molly Knight of Fifth Third Bank was named No.1 speaker in America in the Durwood Howes Memorial Competition.

        She is eligible to compete at the Junior Chamber International Area Conference in Santa Domingo in May.

       Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.


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