The Volunteer Connection July 2014

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The Volunteer Connection

July 2014

Wrap-Up: 12th Annual Taste of NFL

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Cincinnati Bengals 12th Annual Taste of the NFL presented by TriHealth on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Paul Brown Stadium. A very special, “thank you” to the 91 volunteers , who over the course of two days, contributed close to 350 hours. This event generated approximately $125,000, the equivalent of 375,000 meals. Click here for a look into the evening’s festivities.

Volunteer Opportunity: Giving Fields

Group and individual opportunities at our Giving Fields. 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 and maintenance of the farm such as mowing the lawn, weeding and harvesting. Groups can be as small as five and as large as 50. Scheduling is Tuesday-Friday 9 am-4 pm (all day), 9am-noon, or 1 pm-4pm and Saturdays, 9 am-noon (only). For more information and/or to schedule, please contact Tawanda Rollins at 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.

Upcoming Events/Volunteer Opportunities:
Please contact Tawanda Rollins at or 513-482-7557 to register to
volunteer 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 the
three Harley Davidson bikes (1 at each location) in mid-October.

Quack Mascot (July-August 31)

Ever thought about being a mascot?! Here’s your chance! We need 2-3 volunteers
to be Rubber Duck Regatta mascot “Quacky” for various events such as the Duck Kick-Off, rolling
media tour, photo ops, and day of Rubber Duck Regatta. 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.

Rubber Duck Regatta Kick-Off (Washington Park; July 14; 5 pm-7 pm)

We’re kicking off Duck Season with a family friendly event at Washington Park. We are looking
for 4-12 volunteers to assist with event setup, raffle ticket sales, distribution of samples and event breakdown; shift time is 3p-8p. This volunteer activity is a great and fun way to get community service hours.

Fourth Annual Hogs vs Hunger (July 19; Longnecks Sports Grill; Wilder KY; noon-6 pm)

We are looking for 15-20 volunteers from 9:15 am until 1 pm to assist with event setup, pre-registration, registration, goodie bag distribution, t-shirt sales, raffle ticket sales, duck sales, and event breakdown. All proceeds benefit the Freestore Foodbank’s Customer Connection Center, which connects our neighbors in need with emergency food and resources such as housing, clothing, money management and job assistance.

Check Out Duck – (July 21-August 30)

Volunteers are needed to maintain and uninstall placards and tear tabs at their adopted Kroger
store(s) for the duration of the campaign. Visits to the assigned store(s) at least once or twice a week to perform maintenance is required. On the last day of the campaign, volunteers will go to
their store and take down and discard the placards and return any unused supplies to our Central Parkway location. Last year, the Check-Out Duck raised nearly $150,000! Our goal is to duplicate or increase this effort.

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 Avenue in Bond Hill and Pluck
(take off old racing numbers) or Tag (insert our racing numbers) the racing ducks. Slots are still
available Tuesday – Saturday, shift times are 9 am- noon or 1-4 pm. This activity supports the
20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta taking place on Sunday, August 31 along the Serpentine Wall.
Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and accompanied by an adult to volunteer for this

Kroger Weekend Duck Sales (August 2 – August 30)

Volunteers will help sell ducks at select Kroger stores from 1-3 pm on Saturdays or Sundays.
Only 2-4 sellers will be 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)

For this activity, 4-6 volunteers are needed to answer calls regarding the duck raffle ticket sells and/or complete duck sells from a credit card sell. 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. A great way to complete
community service hour requirements.

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 from event 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

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

  1. Distribution Center Volunteer Team Leader
  2. Receptionist/Greeter- All Locations
  3. Reclamation Assistant
  4. Training Facilitator
  5. 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!

Food Room

Clarify Wealth Management
Duke Energy
Week of Hope

Distribution Center
Architect Plus
Burlington Baptist Church
Church of the Redeemer
Cincinnati Arts Association
Cincinnati Rotary
Coca Cola
Friars Club
General Electric
Proctor & Gamble
Pep Promotions
Sheakley Group
SS and G Public Accounting
The Gathering
Tri Health
US Bank

Giving Fields

Alpha Rho Chi
Campbell County Teen Youth Group
Cincinnati Business Courier
Duke Energy
Get Noticed Get Found
Kindred Hearts
Mayerson High School
Mayerson Jewish Foundation
Proctor & Gamble
UC Freshman Challenge
Week of Hope