The Volunteer Connection April 2015

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Produce to Plant, Maintain, and Harvest:

The Giving Fields
Now that the snow has melted and temperatures are rising, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting the work of the Giving Fields in 2014 and invite everyone to join us for the 2015 growing season.  Last year with the support of our volunteers, we were able to provide produce for 117,000 meals which benefited a dozen of the Freestore Foodbank community partner agencies in Northern Kentucky.

Without volunteers from local businesses, corporate partners, civic groups, churches and soup kitchens, the Freestore Foodbank would not be able to support the day-to-day operations of the farm from planting to cultivating to harvesting.  On the farm, you’re never too young or too old to work in the dirt and help make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need! Your heart and hands make this farm possible and we are grateful for all that you do. To schedule a volunteer session, please contact Volunteer Services at 513-482-7550 or



Meet the New Faces of the Volunteer Services Team:

Sara Steinkamp – Volunteer Coordinator
Sara is excited to be leading our volunteer efforts at the Distribution Center. She will be working with the groups and individuals who come to sort food and help with food packing projects such as Power Packs. Sara will be leading all of volunteer efforts at the DC and is excited to meet our community partners and friends of the Freestore who work together to solve hunger.


Angie Thompson – Volunteer Scheduler
Next time you call the Volunteer Service Department, say hello to Angie Thompson! She is the new voice behind all volunteer inquiries as she schedules groups to volunteer with us. She will be the contact person for all team leaders as they navigate our volunteer registration process. Her office is located at the Customer Connection Center on Liberty Street.



Volunteer Opportunities:

Stamp Out Hunger – Let’s Sort it Out
The Letter Carriers’ Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place on Saturday, May 9 and volunteers are needed to help sort the food they will be donating to the Freestore Foodbank. This our largest food drive of the year and it will take many volunteers to help sort through the generous donation.  To schedule a volunteer session for your group at the Distribution Center, please contact Volunteer Services at 513-482-7550 or  Many hands will be needed to complete this project!


Hunger Walk – Walk it out for Hunger
Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) – Yeatman’s Cove
Not interested in walking the 5k? How about helping us “run” it instead? We need volunteers to help us “run” the behind the scenes of this Hunger Walk. We have volunteer opportunities throughout the entire weekend and on Memorial Day itself. There are lots of activities choose. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities, please contact Tawanda Rollins at or 513-482-7557.


Looking for a weekday activity that can make a huge difference in someone’s life? Check out the Volunteer Opportunities at



We are looking for people in the following areas:

• Back on Track Assistant
• Receptionist/Greeter (Liberty Street location)
• Distribution Center Volunteer Team Leaders
(flexible: Tuesdays – Saturdays)




Other Opportunties

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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.

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 visit


The following groups volunteered with us in March 2015. We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.


Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)

CMS Insurance
Seton High School
Turner Construction
University of Colorado (Coalition for the Homeless)


Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Ave)

Children’s Hospital
Christ the King Church
Church of the Redeemer
Cincinnati Kiwanis
Courtyard Marriott
Fifth Third
Ft. Washington Investment Advisors
General Electric
Green Hills/Forest Park Kiwanis
Kappa Psi Beta Phi
Lambda Chi Alpha
Lawrenceville Church of God
Messer Construction
Moeller High School
Seton High School
St. Xavier High School
StoneRiver, Inc.
Student Nights
Turner Construction
Western and Southern
Wise Temple