The Volunteer Connection
Event Wrap-Up:Rubber Duck Regatta Kick-Off
Thank you to the volunteers and staff who helped with our new spin on our Rubber Duck Regatta Kick-Off – a family friendly event at Washington Park on July 14. The event included live music, an inflatable play area for kids, a special appearance by our pal Quacky, and delicious food. We sold approximately 300 ducks that evening, the equivalent of 3,950 meals for children and families in need. There are several opportunities to help support Duck, including Weekend Duck Sales at participating Kroger stores. Learn more in the “Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities” section below.
Event Wrap-Up: Hogs vs Hunger
Two wheels, fresh air, and convoy…OH MY! The Fourth Annual Hogs vs. Hunger Ride Rally held on July 19 kicked off at Longnecks Sports Grill in Wilder and took riders on an 80-mile stretch of Northern Kentucky before ending at the Florence Quaker Steak and Lube. More than 50 motorcycles revved up their engines in the fight again hunger. Proceeds from the ride are supporting our Customer Connection Center in Over-the-Rhine. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped with this event.
Raffle ticket sales are still going on through mid-October for a chance to win a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle at one of the participating Quaker, Steak and Lube restaurants (Colerain, Milford, or Florence, KY). For more information on how to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Bernice Cooper at 513-357-4817.
Group Volunteer Opportunities:
Giving Fields (season ends October 31)- Group and individual opportunities available. The community farm is located in Melbourne, Kentucky – about 15 minutes from Downtown Cincinnati. Children must be at least five-years-old to volunteer and parental consent is needed for anyone under the age of 18; minors under the age of 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteer activities include planting, harvesting, weeding and other maintenance of the farm. Groups can be as small as five people and as large as 50. Scheduling is Tuesday-Friday 9 am-4 pm (all day), 9am-noon, or 1pm-4pm and Saturdays, 9 am-noon (only). For more information and/or to schedule, please contact Tawanda Rollins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513)482-7557.
Inclement Weather, Giving Fields:
If an individual or group is scheduled to volunteer at the Giving Fields and we experience inclement weather, please call our volunteer line at 513-482-7550 for updates on potential cancellations or delays. Team Leaders will also be notified by the farm manager, Molly Jordan. Safety is a top priority for our volunteers.
Mayerson Distribution Center (ongoing) – Located at 1250 Tennessee Ave, 45229. Groups of 10-30 can schedule to volunteer Tuesday-Saturday; shift times (9am-noon or 1pm-4pm) we also offer a 5pm-8pm shift Tuesday- Thursday provided a morning shift isn’t already scheduled that day. Projects include food sorting/scanning, assembly of food boxes such as senior boxes (additional groceries given to our older adult customers ages 60+), holiday boxes (distributed at the Customer Connection Center during the Holiday Ops Event) or special event projects such as Duck Tagging/Plucking (usually completed 2-3 weeks before the Rubber Duck Regatta event). Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age with parental consent. For more information and/or to schedule, please contact Tawanda Rollins at email@example.com or (513)482-7557.
Food Room (ongoing) – Located at 112 E. Liberty, 45202. Individuals or groups of six or less can schedule a time to volunteer; the hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. Volunteers are required to commit to at least two or more hours at this location during the hours of operation. Projects include food sorting, restocking shelves with groceries and assisting customers with their groceries outside of the building and loading groceries in their vehicle in front of the building. All volunteers must be at least 16-years-old. Please contact April Moorman at 513-357-4643 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
Upcoming Events/Volunteer Opportunities
Please contact Tawanda Rollins at email@example.com or 513-482-7557 to register for one of the volunteer assignments or to find out more information on the following upcoming events:.
Hogs vs. Hunger: Biker Nights (Ongoing)
We are currently recruiting 4-10 volunteers to assist at Biker Nights on Wednesday and Thursday evenings between the hours of 5pm-9pm (can be split into 2 hour shifts) at three Quaker Steak and Lube locations in Cincinnati and Kentucky – Milford (Wednesdays; 5p-9p); Colerain(Thursdays; 5p-9p) and Florence, KY(Thursdays; 6p-9p). There will be a raffle for three Harley Davidsons (one at each location) in mid-October.
Quacky the Rubber Duck Regatta Mascot (Through August 31)
Ever thought about being a mascot?! Here’s your chance! We need two to three volunteers to be “Quacky,” our Rubber Duck Regatta mascot, for various events. Volunteers must be no taller than 5’6″, flexible with their time, animated, enthusiastic, and able to with stand extreme stuffy heat in 10-20 minute intervals.
Check Out Duck – (Through August 30)
Volunteers are needed to maintain, and uninstall placards and tear tabs at their adopted Kroger store(s) through August 30. A weekly visit to perform maintenance at the assigned store(s) is required. On the last day of the campaign, volunteers will take down and discard the placards and return any unused supplies to our Central Parkway location. Last year, Check-Out Duck raised over $100,000 to support our efforts!
Duck Plucking /Tagging (August 19-29)
Gather a group of 10-30 of your family, friends and/or co-workers and schedule a time to come to the Mayerson Distribution Center located at 1250 Tennessee Ave; 45229 and Pluck (take off old racing numbers) or Tag (insert our racing numbers) onto the racing ducks. Slots are still available Tuesday – Saturday, shift times are 9 am- noon or 1-4 pm. This activity is in preparation for the 20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta taking place on Sunday, August 31. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Additionally, we are looking for four “strong” volunteers to help “shovel” ducks into the semi in preparation of transport to the Purple People Bridge.
Kroger Weekend Duck Sales (August 2 – August 24)
Volunteers will sell ducks at participating Kroger stores from 1-3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Only 2-4 volunteers are needed per each location. “Duck Sales Kits” will be available for pickup and drop off at our Central Parkway office. Corporate groups can also arrange to sell ducks at their office. This activity is a fun way to get everyone involved during Duck Season!
Duck Central (August 18-August 31; 1141 Central Parkway; 45202)
4-6 volunteers are needed to answer calls regarding Rubber Duck Regatta sales. August 18-22 hours are 10a-3p; August 25-29 hours are 9a-4p and August 31 8:30a-4p. Shift times are also available. This is a great way to complete community service hours.
20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta (Sunday, August 31; Sawyer Point)
Come one, come all to the Rubber Duck Regatta, our largest fundraiser! A host of volunteer tasks are available the day of the event, including setup, duck sales, t-shirt sales, shuttle driver, duck retrieval and event breakdown.
Other Ways You Can Help
- Donations of canned goods are needed all year around, not just at the holidays! If you
would like to organize a canned food drive, please contact Bob Barnes at 513-482-4517.
- Celebrate your birthday or other special occasion, honor a loved one, or inspire your
team by hosting a Virtual Food Drive! Please email for more information.
- Do you need a speaker for your event? Members of FSFB Speakers’ Bureau are
available for team meetings, staff retreats, conferences, etc. For more information
contact Jill Cooper at 513-482-4511 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Freestore Foodbank team? Please click here for our current employment opportunities.
A New Initiative: FeedingWorks-Transformational Teambuilding
The Freestore Foodbank has launched a new social enterprise. FeedingWorks is geared towards work groups that need to strengthen their teams.
Highlights of the program:
- 3-4 hour high energy session
- Teams work together to make an immediate difference on hunger in Greater Cincinnati
- The session will help to provide insight on how the team is working together more effectively;
including strengths and blind spots
- Improve communication, encouragement and conflict management skills
- Customized to meet your team’s specific needs
- Combines leadership and team development
- Furthers the mission of Freestore Foodbank by feeding hungry children in the community
For more information about how your company can benefit from FeedingWorks, please
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
- Distribution Center Volunteer Team Leader
- Receptionist/Greeter- All Locations
- Reclamation Assistant
- Training Facilitator
- Spanish Translator – Task Description
We Want to Hear From You
We are conducting a short, 10-question survey for individuals who have volunteered with us before. Our goal is to enhance your volunteer experience and we need your help in reaching this goal! Completing the survey will give us an idea on how we’re doing and what areas are in need of improvement. Please click here to complete the survey. Thank you in advance for assisting us in this effort!
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