Organized in 2008 as a cooperative effort of several Springfield area United Methodist Churches, the mission of the Open Hands Free Store is to support the material and spiritual needs of people in the Springfield and Clark County area. Through our donations we are able to provide clothes, shoes, groceries, and fresh produce to families and individuals. The Open Hands Free Store is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Who We Serve
In an average month, we serve 500 households, which represents almost 1,700 individuals. In the past year, we served 6,000 households, which represents over 10,000 people, all from the Springfield and Clark County Area.
Ninety-one percent of the families served by the OHFS live in 4 zip codes (45503, 45504, 45505, and 45506). The demographics of these four zip codes, as compared to the state average, include the following:
Higher poverty rate
Lower household incomes (17% less)
Lower rates of secondary and tertiary education
Higher percentage of single mother households
Greater ethnic diversity