The Volunteer Connection July 2015

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Summer Volunteer Opportunities:

summer-volunteer-opportunitiesSummer Feeding Service Program – Childhood hunger is a reality and it exists in our own neighborhoods. Over over 80,000 children living in the 20 counties served by the Freestore Foodbank are at risk of hunger.

We we are assembling food boxes at our Mayerson Distribution Center located on Tennessee Avenue to ensure kids have meals during Summer Break.

Groups (15-30 people) are needed to help assemble these boxes of food. We schedule groups Tuesday – Saturday from either 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We also offer evening shifts Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Contact the volunteer hotline today (513-482-7550) to get your group scheduled to help us feed children during the summer! Groups are needed!


Giving Fields Season is sprouting:

giving-fieldsIf you’re still trying to figure out what to do during the summer, come and join us at the Giving Fields! Individuals, families and groups can join in on the fun by helping us to grow, maintain and harvest produce for our dozen community partners in Northern Kentucky. You may even learn a thing or two on how to grow your own produce! Molly Jordan, Giving Fields farm manager, doesn’t mind sharing a few of her farming secrets! Call our volunteer hotline at 513-482-7550 or email us at to get scheduled.


 It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, NO, it’s DUCK SEASON!

QuackyQuacky is gearing up and getting ready for the 21st Annual Rubber Duck Regatta! That’s right, Quacky will be 21 this year. Join the celebration by volunteering to help Quacky and the little duckies swim towards the finish line.

To sign up to volunteer at any or all of the below opportunities contact Tawanda Rollins at or 513-482-7557.


Check-Out Duck (flexible) begins July 6 and goes through September 5 at 60 select Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Volunteers will maintain the placards and tear coupons located at the checkout counters the duration of the campaign. These placards give Kroger shoppers a chance to conveniently purchase ducks for the Rubber Duck Regatta event scheduled for September 6 at Serpentine Wall before the Western & Southern/WEBN fireworks show.

Duck Sales (noon – 2:30 p.m.) Saturdays and Sundays beginning on August 3 at select Kroger stores throughout Ohio and Kentucky. Volunteers will help register ducks for the Rubber Duck Regatta race using duck forms which contain a unique sequence of numbers on each that correspond with the ducks dumped in the Ohio River on September 6.  Volunteers will work closely with a Freestore Foodbank employee or longtime volunteer. Sales materials will be provided; such as an instruction sheet, duck forms, t-shirts, duck necklaces, posters, writing instruments, etc.

Duck Central (10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Monday through Friday beginning on August 10 at our 1141 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202 location. Volunteers will answer phone calls related to duck sales and complete duck forms for credit card purchases. Shift times are 10 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.; noon. – 3 p.m.

Also, we need help on Saturday, September 5 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.); same shift times as above and Sunday, September 6 (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) shift times are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and noon – 4 p.m.

Duck Plucking/Tagging (9:00 a.m. – noon or 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) beginning August 25 through September 4 at our Mayerson Distribution Center located at 1250 Tennessee Ave; Cincinnati, OH 45229. Groups of 10-30 members can schedule to help prepare the ducks for the big race by taking off old racing numbers (plucking) and inserting our racing numbers (tagging) on the bottom of rubber ducks. These ducks will be dumped in the Ohio River from the Purple People Bridge on September 6 at 3:00 p.m.

We have ongoing volunteer opportunities and a variety of activities to choose from that will make a huge difference in someone’s life. Click the link to view the Volunteer Opportunities at



We are looking for people in the following areas:

  • Back on Track Assistants
  • Clerical Assistants
  • Data Entry Volunteers
  • Receptionist/Greeters (Liberty Street & Central location)
  • Distribution Center Volunteer Team Leaders
  • Cincinnati Cooks! Reader


Get InvolvedDonations 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 June 2015. We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.


Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)

A Group of Friends
Fifth Third Bank
Jesuit Spiritual Center


Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)

84.51 (Formerly Dunnhumby)
CIY Engage
Delta Airlines
Fifth Third Bank
Hyatt Regency
Indian Hill Church
Kindred Hearts
Lakeside Christian Church
Mayerson Foundation
Mentor Baptist Church
Our Lady of the Rosary
Tri-State Freethinkers
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Vineyard Youth Group


Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Ave)

Cast-Fab Technologies
Cincinnati Arts Association
Cincinnati Women’s Club
College of Mt. St. Joseph
Dinsmore and Shohl LLP
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third Bank
Flagel, Huber, Flagel
Tri-State Freethinkers
General Electric
Great American Annuity Group
Ilsco Corporation
Indian Hill Church
Ingage Partners
Jesuit Spiritual Center
Jewish Hospital
Kisker and Associates
Mayerson Foundation
Morgan Stanley
Presbyterian Church of Westwood
Shepherd Color