15 minutes to go time! When you enter into the OFOP auction you’ll need to click on “enter live auction” to see the live calling.
This afternoon we entered a few more auction items so check them out! You can start your bidding now! We have a few bids that have already been made so if you want something, place your bid early. It’s a great way to test your internet bidding skills!
The auction is only two days away! You’ll need to sign up with proxibid on sullivanauctioneers.com prior to the auction to be eligible to bid. It’s quick and easy to sign up, but we encourage you to do this today or tomorrow so IF there’s any trouble signing up, we have time to resolve the issue.
You will be asked to put your credit card information in the secure system to insure you’re a real person, but your card will NOT be charged for the items purchased. Payment will be made by cash or check when the items are picked up in LaHarpe.
To sign up, click on “Create Account” under the Sullivan Auctioneers logo and follow the easy prompts to set up your username and password.
Once your sign up, you’ll scroll through the auction dates until you see our logo and auction details. Click on the OFOP logo to enter the correct auction.
A list of items and photos will be displayed as early as Thursday evening. The auction will be live online, so beginning at 6pm Saturday evening, you’ll be able to see Jim calling the auction, and the photos and lot numbers being auctioned off. This is where and when you’ll place your bid. You must be logged into your account to be able to bid, so please be sure to login a few minutes early to make sure you’re ready to go.
For those who do not have access to a computer, smart phone, or tablet, we will have designated bidders willing to place bids on their behalf. If you know someone in this situation, please have them call Ashley at (309)333-6146 to arrange a time to look at the items beforehand and to give her their highest bid on their chosen item.
Thank you for your patience and your participation! See you online Saturday night!
We are excited about our upcoming online charitable auction this Saturday at 6pm! It’s our first online formatted auction, but we will do our best to make it as fun and easy as possible. We are excited that people can view and bid from all around the United States, which will make it easy for some long-time volunteers and donors from afar to take part in the auction for the first time.
The administrators of the online auction (Sullivan Auctioneers) have requested photos and a spread sheet of every item by Thursday afternoon. For this reason, we are now requesting that donors bring the items to the Johnson Agency or the LaHarpe Christian church by NOON THURSDAY. The Johnson Agency is open daily from 8-4:30, while the church is open from 8am-5pm daily (please leave in the foyer on or beside the welcome desk). Please do not bring the items Saturday morning. The auctioneering will not be taking place in LaHarpe, so if they are dropped off after 12pm Thursday, they may not be included in the auction.
Lastly, the online link to our auction will soon be available at sullivanauctioneers.com. Once the auction info is added to their sight, I will send out that direct link.
Thank you all for your patience, and for your continued support while we navigate through uncharted waters.
Due to a recent surge in Covid cases , last week the governor of Illinois designated our region (which includes LaHarpe) as a hot spot for Covid 19. Gatherings are now restricted to under 25 people or less. In response to the governors order, we are changing our annual OFOP live auction November 14th to an online format. Jim Sullivan will be calling the auction via livestream, where viewers can bid from the comfort and safety of their own home. More information, including the link to the site to view and bid will come in the next few days.
We are also changing our auction start time to 6pm this year for online viewers convenience and availability. We’ll still have an incredible collection of items, which are currently flowing in! If you have an item or items you’d like to donate, we would ask this year that you bring your donated items earlier than the morning of so that we have time to capture photos and label goods prior to Saturday for bidders viewing.
We have designated TWO locations as drop-off points–both in LaHarpe. The Johnson Agency at 600 W Main St will be collecting items from 8am-4:30pm next Monday through Friday. The LaHarpe Christian Church has also volunteered their facility as a drop-off location, specifically on Thursday and Friday, from 8am-7pm both days. If you’re dropping items at the church Thursday or Friday, please use the East door and leave your donation in the foyer. A sign will be there to identify the proper drop spot.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to a fruitful auction! Please stay tuned for further information regarding the online directions.
Auction: Online at 6pm, Saturday November 14th.
We have many challenges this year, but OFOP supporters have spoken and they would like to see our 10th Annual Auction event happen live! The date, venue, and auctioneer has been secured, and we can now announce that it will happen Saturday, November 14th at the Annex in LaHarpe at 1pm.
A couple important changes we need to address is that our event will be held in the Annex WEST building rather than the building we’ve historically used. The two buildings are adjacent from one another, so for those only familiar with the normal West building, it will be easy to find. In addition to the slight location change, we will NOT be serving lunch prior to the event. The facility will be open, as usual, the morning of the auction as we accept donated items to be auctioned later that afternoon. We encourage you to come early and check out the spread. While we will not be serving food, you are welcome to come early for fellowship and browsing.
Our annual auction is a great place to pick up Christmas gifts for your loved ones (or yourself). There will be tools, home furnishings, clothing, electronics, baked goods, and much more.
With the exception of antiques, we will only auction off new items in their original packaging, so please keep this in mind as you’re preparing to make your generous donation.
Stay tune for more information about the auction, but until then, save the date! See you November 14th!
2020 has presented us with many challenges. Our organization of volunteers and donors have been built on face-to-face relationships and fundraising. Navigating a global pandemic with social distancing expectations and a nationwide shortage of lumber has been a challenge for planning this year, but in the end, the Lords work will continue. He is greater than the circumstances we all face.
We appreciate your patience as we’ve done our best to be conscious and respectful of valid health concerns. After weeks of deliberation and prayer, we can now officially announce our plans to return to Hamburg Iowa for our winter disaster relief project.
Last year, we met Amy–a single mother who was providing 24/7 in-home care for her grandmother. The Iowa floods destroyed her grandmothers home, leaving Amy and her children homeless, and without a steady source of income. We heard her story, and knew our organization would possibly return to assist her in her search for a place to raise her children.
We were not the only ones who wanted to help Amy. A local Junior High School had a vision of assisting her with a project of their own. The building trades program was equipped with a willingness and tools to lead a service project of their own. These projects are a considerable task for anyone, let alone a group of Junior High students and school faculty during a global pandemic . We realized that OFOP’s expertise and experience with volunteer builds complemented the school’s abilities, and could provide assistance with some of challenges they were facing.
We have officially teamed up with the school to help raise the funds needed, and provide guidance and volunteer assistance to complete the task. The build will look much like it does on a normal year. We will be working behind the scenes to have a safe and comfortable place for volunteers to stay, and encourage all those who have participated in our builds (and even those who have not yet) to come and participate.
The build will once again begin the Monday after Thanksgiving (November 30th), and will conclude just a few short days after it all begins (December 11th). We need all hands on deck to respond to this call for help.
Building materials have significantly increased in price, so we need donors to consider ways to help make this happen in an extremely challenging year.
In the coming days and weeks, we will be announcing volunteer housing, and our decisions on moving forward with our normal fundraisers, including the annual OFOP auction.
Once again, we appreciate your patience, and ask for your continued prayer. We have seen miracles happen in year’s past, and we know that if we strive to keep the focus on Christ, God will provide the funds and volunteers to complete this incredible task.
Stay tuned for more announcements! We look forward to seeing you all in Hamburg, November 30th-December 11th!
It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I share the news of the passing of our beloved brother, Kevin Fichter. Kevin faithfully served on every ONE FAMILY ONE PURPOSE job-site from 2012 to our most recent project in Iowa in late 2019. He was instrumental in the growth and success of OFOP from the very early stages of the organization. His passion for the young ministry helped pave the way for years of successful builds that followed.
Kevin was a servant in the truest sense of the word. He understood the value of silent wisdom, and the capability of actions rooted in Christ’s love. For Kevin, life was more about “doing” than “saying.” He was quiet, but when he spoke, he spoke with conviction and the authority of the Spirit that filled him.
Over the years Kevin recruited dozens of volunteers to serve on the job-sites, including many family members and friends. Kevin’s circle of friends grew every year as those around him on our projects grew to love and appreciate his strong character and love for Christ. He was a pillar of strength and consistency for all of us, and he will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
While we grieve his passing, Kevin smiles in the presence of his Savior. No one deserves the welcome he is currently receiving in paradise more than him. We love you Kevin, and we all look forward to the day we see you again.
Please keep his family in your prayers, as I know he would do for us.
We’ve just received word that a missionary friend is in need of prayer. Many OFOP volunteers have served in Mexico alongside one of God’s servants named “Gator.” Today, Gator fell off scaffolding while working in the mountains in Mexico. Please join us in prayer for our brother.