The Volunteer Connection October 2016

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Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s life better - even if you never know it. Greg Louganis

Upcoming Events – Just in Time for the Holidays
All the ducks have been washed, packed, and shipped. Summer has officially ended. What’s next? Check out our upcoming volunteer events below, just in time for the holiday season!

Yom Kippur Food Drive
Wednesday, October 12
Annually during Yom Kippur, Wise Temple Centers on Ridge Road and Plum Street host a food drive to benefit the Freestore Foodbank.  Volunteers are needed to help unload vehicles and place donated items in awaiting totes.  Spaces are still available at the Ridge Road location. Click Here to view shift time and to sign up.

Coat Day Distribution
Tuesday, October 27
Help keep families warm during the cold winter months by assisting us on Coat Day distributing coats to families at our Customer Connection Center. You can also help prepare for the big day by sorting and steaming coats beginning on October 10 through October 25 and event set-up on October 26. We will be accepting coat donations until October 20 as well. For more information or to sign up to volunteer click on the following link: Coat Drive Volunteer

Check-Out Hunger
Monday, November 14 – Tuesday, January 3
Adopt a Kroger store and assist with maintaining the placards (coupon holders) and tear coupons located at each cash register and U-Scan. This campaign gives customers a convenient way to give to the Freestore as they pay for their groceries.  This is a flexible volunteer activity and can be done on your own time. It’s a great way to get your family involved, even with a full work or school schedule. Sign up today!  I’m a Check-Out Hunger Volunteer

Twice the Impact on Double Your Dollars Day
Wednesday, November 16
Come out and join us! We will kick-off the holiday season with our Fifth Annual Double Your Dollars Day campaign.  Thanks to our community partners, every dollar donated to the Freestore Foodbank that day will be matched allowing us to feed twice as many Tri-State children and families! Volunteers are needed to answer phones and complete the one page payment forms.

Rumble in the Jungle – Bengals Canned Food Drive
Sunday, November 20
We are teaming up again with the Cincinnati Bengals for the 30th Annual Bengals Canned Food Drive on Sunday, November 20 at Paul Brown Stadium.  Last year, food and monetary donations received through this event helped us to provide more than 71,000 meals to hungry children and families in the community. Let’s have some fun together while helping families in need collecting monetary and food donations.  I’m a Bengals Food Drive Volunteer

It’s a Family Thing – Holiday Food Distribution
Monday, November 21 – Wednesday, November 23
Wednesday, December 21 – Thursday, December 22
This event takes place at the Customer Connection Center. Volunteers helps to make our Holiday Food Distribution happen! Do you want to give back during the holidays? This event is just right for you. Come by yourself or with family, friends, and/or co-workers and help us provide a meal for families this holiday season. Holiday Food Box Distribution Volunteer

Adopt-a-Family this Holiday Season
Share in the spirit of the holidays by helping other families enjoy the season. Become a donor and purchase gifts for one of our Freestore Foodbank families that participate in our Housing, Direct Rent and Shelter Diversion programs.  Adopt –a– Family is an annual program that helps over 200 customers during the holidays. Your generosity will provide a great sense of value and worth to these families and clearly demonstrates, in a meaningful way, that others care about them.  For more information about adopting a family or helping with gift purchases, please email: or call 513-720-6099.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities


Thank you to the following groups for your support September 2016!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Catalina Marketing
CR Architecture
Equipment Depot
Ernst & Young
Farm Credit Mid-America
Fifth Third
Fort Washington Investment Advisors
General Electric
Green Hills/Forest Park Kiwanis
Guardian Angels
IN Marketing
Messer Construction
Northwestern Mutual
Ohio National Corp
Ohio Society of CPAs
P & G
Park National Bank
Pep Promotions
Pepsi Beverage Co.
Redeemer Church
Rochester Institute of Technology
Ross School
St. Xavier  High School
University of Cincinnati
US Bank
Western & Southern
Xavier University

Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)

Atricure Finance
Fifth Third
Great American Insurance Group
Guardian Angels
Hillman Group
LaSalle High School
Northern Kentucky University
P & G
Perfetti van Melle USA
Plum Creek Church
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Sigma Beta Club
Tri-State Freethinkers
Tyson Foods, Inc
US Bank
Xavier University

Food Room (Liberty Street)

Duke Energy
Ernst & Young
First Financial Bank
Henkel Corporation

FeedingWorks: Transformational Teambuilding

Looking for a new way to strengthen your team’s ability to communicate, problem-solve and manage conflict while improving your opportunities to provide successful outcomes? Looking for an opportunity to not only grow stronger as a team internally, but to make an external impact on the community? Consider FeedingWorks, the Freestore Foodbank’s social enterprise.

FeedingWorks is a unique combination of professional leadership development and the transformational experience of a team working together to make a tangible difference in the lives of others. Teams form genuine bonds through this experience which is based on the principle of giving back while developing yourself and your team.

For more information about how your company can benefit from FeedingWorks, please visit