The Volunteer Connection November 2015

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Volunteering with the Freestore Foodbank is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

Introducing Volunteer Hub
In order to serve our volunteers and the organization better, we are excited to announce we have just launched our new volunteer registration system, Volunteer Hub, which will make registering for events even easier than ever before!  Pre-registration is vital for helping us plan appropriate activities for the number of confirmed participants while meeting the needs of the organization, too.  When volunteers use our new system, they will gain important information about the activity, complete sign ups online before arrival, complete waivers and other policies needed to volunteer and then have a quick and easy check-in process on the day of your service.

We are giving our new system a test run for volunteers signing up for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Distributions. We anticipate having the system fully operable for all volunteer assignments in January 2016. The steps to signing up are relatively easy as indicated in the instructions below.

If you are planning to volunteer during the holiday season, please visit the website to sign up now! Spaces are limited. Click here to register now.

‘Tis the Season of Giving Back: Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Food Box Distribution

Holidays VOLUNTEERThanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Food Box Distribution
Help us spread holiday cheer to over 15,000 families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. As many as 100 volunteers are needed per shift to support our work of providing holiday meals at our Customer Connection Center the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Each day, four shifts of volunteers are assigned to a variety of tasks at the end of a brief orientation, on a free-will basis. We cannot guarantee that groups will stay together. Tasks include: assisting customers complete a USDA form, bagging meats or produce, crowd control, front line supply or carts/customer assistance. All Holiday Food Distribution volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds without medical restriction.

Minimum Age Requirement:  Volunteers must be 10 years of age or older.  This is a safety issue and is not negotiable. Volunteers who are 10-15-years-old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to serve. Adults may supervise up to two minors at a time. Volunteers, 16-17-years-old, may serve without adult accompaniment.

Click here for sign-up and more information.
Holiday Operations run regardless of weather conditions.

Adopt-a-Family: Gift Wrapping and Distribution

Holiday OpsAdopt -a-Family: Gift Wrapping and Distribution
Want to bring good cheer to some of the families that we serve at our Customer Connection Center? We are looking for approximately 10 volunteers to help us wrap and distribute gifts to the families participating in our Adopt-a-Family program.

Shifts include:

  • 2- 3 Volunteers per shift are needed each day, Monday, December 7 to Wednesday, Dec 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  to 4:00 p.m.
  • 2-3 Volunteers per shift are needed Thursday, December 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • 5 Volunteers per shift are needed on Saturday, December 12 from 9:a.m. to 12 p.m. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Help Check-Out Hunger

Check-Out Hunger - CopyHelp Check-Out Hunger
Kroger and the Freestore Foodbank are teaming up again to Check-Out Hunger this holiday season. Customers pull a donation amount from the displays at cash registers and U-Scans and the donation is added to their grocery bill. 60 neighborhood Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana will host the Check-Out Hunger campaign between November 7 and January 3, 2016.

Volunteers are needed to “adopt” a store and assist with ensuring placards and tear coupons are available to customers throughout the campaign. Volunteers are asked to visit their adopted store once or twice a week and replenish and/or replace placards and coupons as needed. 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. Click here to adopt a store for the campaign. There are eight service hours given for this opportunity.

Update Regarding our Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Update Regarding our Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Distribution Center, Giving Fields, and Liberty Street Market
Thank you to all of our exceptional volunteers for volunteering with us throughout the year! You make our work in the community possible. Our volunteer shifts are now full for the rest of 2015 at both the Distribution Center located on Tennessee Avenue and the Liberty Street Market located on Liberty Street. We will resume taking requests for 2016 on December 1 for all three sites (Liberty Street Market, Distribution Center and Giving Fields). We are looking forward to having you with us in the New Year!

We are looking for help in the following areas:

  • Back on Track Assistants
  • Data Entry Volunteers
  • Receptionist/Greeters
  • Distribution Center Volunteer Team Leaders

hostfooddriveCanned good donations are always needed! If you would like to organize a canned food drive, please contact Bob Barnes at 513-482-4517.

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


Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)

Clark Montessori
Fifth Third
LaSalle High School


Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)

American Insurance
Cincinnati Business Courier
Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Fifth Third Bank
Health Care Friends
Legacy Financial
Prince of Peace (Lutheran Church)
St. Vivian School


Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Ave)

Alpha Kappa Alpha
Children’s Hospital
Church of the Redeemer
Cincinnati Kiwanis
City of Cincinnati
Duke Energy
Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Fifth Third Bank
General Electric
Green Hills/Forest Park Kiwanis
Great American Annuity Group
Kappa Psi Beta Phi
Lambda Chi Alpha
Mercy Health
Messer Construction
Miami University
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
Phi Psi Omega
PNC Bank
St. Xavier High School
The Gathering
Tri-State Freethinkers
University of Cincinnati
UC Track & Field
Western and Southern
WhiteWave Foods
Withrow University High School
Woodward Career Technical High School


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