The Volunteer Connection January 2016

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at the Freestore Foodbank!

Volunteers are one of our greatest resources. You make our work in the community possible. In 2015, more than 9,000 volunteers shared their time, talent and treasures. We look forward to working with you again in 2016. Together, We Can Solve Hunger!

2015 Wrap-Up:

Holiday Food Distributions
Our annual Christmas Food Distribution made a huge impact, thanks to the support of our staff and volunteers. We provided food for a Christmas meal to help more than 14,000 people over the course of a two-and-a-half days. More than 1,100 volunteers donated 3,600 hours of their time – a true gift this holiday season.

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Distributions combined, with the support of 2,500 volunteers, we were able to help nearly 36,000 people with a holiday meal.

Adopt –A – Family
161 families received holiday gifts this year through our Adopt-a-Family program. Thanks to the volunteers and 118 donors who helped to make this possible, along with volunteer Susan Ede who donates her time to leading the program. The number of families supported this year increased by 42% from 2014. Thank you to Susan and her team for bringing a special joy to these families this year.

A Glance into 2016:

Check out the Special volunteer events or email Tony Chowning, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, for more information.

  • MLK National Day of Service – On Monday, January 18, 50 volunteers are needed to help assemble 1,000 Power Packs on Fountain Square from noon until 2 p.m.
    Please click here to register. Limited spaces are available.
  • Distinguished Speaker Series & Annual Meeting – Volunteers are needed for event setup from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, as well as for day of event support from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. Tasks will be assigned including but not limited to: parking attendants, coat check and event breakdown.
    Location: 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.
    Please click here to register.
  • Check-Out Power Pack at local Kroger Stores will begin in March-April. This is an individual volunteer opportunity that is great for volunteers who work or go to school full time but wish to volunteer with us. Volunteers will adopt and visit one or more of the 60 participating Kroger stores once or twice weekly to help with maintenance of the placards and tear coupons at the cash registers and U-scans. Volunteers will replace or replenish supplies as needed. At the end of the campaign, volunteers will take down the placards and tear coupons and discard. Volunteers will be given one hour each week during the campaign run.

There are three Check-Out campaigns throughout the year: Check-Out Power Pack, Check-Out Duck and Check-Out Hunger. These fundraisers are an easy way for donors to help feed our hungry neighbors. Stay tuned for sign-up details online and in the February e-Newsletter.



Thank you to the following groups for your support December 2015!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Ave)

Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Kiwanis
Fifth Third
General Electric
JLL (Jones, Lang, LaSalle)
Kerry Automotive
New Life Temple
PNC Bank
Queen City Tennis
St. Xavier High School
Western and Southern

Christmas Holiday Operations

21st Century Community Learning Center Program
African American Business Resource Group (Fifth Third)
Boy Scouts of America Troop 228
Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Leadership Class #39
Cincinnati Turkish American Association
Core Growth
Cushman & Wakefield
Dr. Pepper/Snapple
Droder & Miller
EA Cincinnati
Fidelity Investments
First Financial Bank
Fund Evaluation Group
General Electric
Hamilton County Planning & Development
Health Collab
IGS Energy
Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, Inc (JRAretail)
Junior Girl Scouts
Junior Statesman of America (JSA)
Kao Brands
Lohmiller Real Estate
NCS Solutions
News America
PNC Bank
ProLink Staffing
S. C. Johnson & Son
Schulman IRG
The Standard
Tyson Foods
US Bank

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