The Volunteer Connection October 2015

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Wrapping Up A Fantastic Season At The Giving Fields

givingfieldsThanks to our outstanding volunteers!
As the Giving Fields enters the final days of the 2015 season, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the volunteers who have helped make this growing season a success. Over 120 different community groups and dozens of individuals came out to the farm to prepare, plant, harvest, prune, and weed. With the help of over 1,800 volunteers, we were able to complete numerous special projects and maintain the farm throughout the entire growing season. We were able to harvest over 30,000 pounds of food and supported our Northern Kentucky community partners with fresh, delicious, healthy options for our hungry neighbors. Thank you to all of the volunteers who made it happen and thank you to Molly Jordan, our terrific Farm Manager, for leading our team!

The holidays are a time to be thankful and for giving back. We have several opportunities for you to donate your time this Thanksgiving and Christmas season:

Double Your Dollar$ Day

Double Your Dollar$ Day
On Thursday, November 5 we will kick-off the holiday season with our Fourth Annual Double Your Dollar$ Day campaign. Every dollar donated to the Freestore Foodbank that day will be matched, thanks to gifts from our partners to help feed twice as many Tri-State children and families. Volunteers are needed to help answer phones and complete payment forms at our phone bank located at our Mayerson Distribution Center in Bond Hill.

Shift times are in two-and-a- half hour increments:

  • 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m. to 6:30pm

Local 12 News will provide coverage throughout the day. We hope that you can join us!

Annual Coat Drive

coatsAnnual Coat Drive
Do you want to give back to the community but can’t get away from the office? Have you cleaned out your closet but don’t know what to do with your warm weather gear from last winter? Please consider hosting a coat drive for our annual Coat Day distribution scheduled for Wednesday, November 11 at our Customer Connection Center. We are now accepting new and gently used coats of all sizes and other warm weather gear such as gloves, hats, scarves, etc. at the Customer Connection Center’s Front Bay until Friday, November 6. We are also looking for volunteers to help sort and steam coats on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning October 17. Weekday opportunities are also available the week of November 2 from 9:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can also assist with coat distribution on Wednesday, November 11.

All of the above opportunities will take place at the Customer Connection Center located at 112 East Liberty Street in Over-the-Rhine.

For more information about volunteering for this event, please contact Tawanda Rollins at or call 513-482-7557.

For more information about coat donations, please contact Chloe Amitin at or 513-357-4626.

Rumble in the Jungle & Monday Night Football

Freestore Foodbank Bengals Food DriveThe 29th Annual Bengals Canned Food Drive
Catch the Bengals in action against the Houston Texans after giving a few hours of your time helping us to collect food and monetary donations at Paul Brown Stadium. The Freestore Foodbank and the Cincinnati Bengals are teaming up again for the 29th Annual Meijer Canned Food Drive on Monday, November 16. A limited number of game tickets are available for volunteers to attend the game following their shift. We will start collecting canned goods at 5:30 p.m. and continue through the first quarter. Last year, food and monetary donations made through this event helped us to provide more than 57,000 meals to hungry children and families in the community.

Pre-reservations only for this opportunity. This is an outdoor event. Volunteers should dress accordingly for weather and comfort; must be able to stand for long periods of time.


Are you in need of a company project this holiday season or looking for a new tradition for your own family? We have a great opportunity for you.

Donate Gifts to a Family
Give the gift of hope through our ‘Adopt-a-Family’ program. Help to purchase holiday gifts for a family that we serve. Thanks to your generous support, this annual program helps more than 200 of our neighbors each holiday season. The families that benefit take part in our housing, direct rent, and shelter diversion programs.

The week of December 7, we are seeking volunteers to help with donor gift drop-offs, gift wrapping and logistical assistance at our Customer Connection Center located at 112 East Liberty Street. Volunteers are also needed to help with distributing gifts to participating families at our Customer Connection Center on December 12.

For more information about adopting a family or helping with gift purchases, please email: or call 513-482-4521.

For more information about volunteering please email or call 513-482-7550.

Check-Out Hunger

Check-Out Hunger: Adopt your own Kroger store this season!
The Check-Out Hunger campaign at neighborhood Kroger stores will take place November 7- January 3. It is a simple way to give back while grocery shopping. Customers simply pull a donation amount from the placards (coupon holders) at the cash registers and U-Scans as they check-out. The cashier will scan the coupon and the donation amount is added to the grocery bill. 60 neighborhood Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana host the Check-Out Hunger campaign.

There is sure to be a store near you. Volunteers “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 a 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.

Holiday Food Box Distribution

Holiday-Ops-300x225Give Back in a Major Way
Holiday Food Box Distribution (Holiday Operations)
We believe that every family deserves to share a holiday meal together. Each year, the Freestore Foodbank provides boxes of food to local families to ensure they have a meal for the Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each household receives a box containing: either a chicken or turkey (depending on family size), canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned cranberry or pumpkin, stuffing or rice, macaroni and cheese, and brownie mix or another dessert.

Boxes of food for a holiday meal will be available at our Customer Connection Center the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We need up to 100 volunteers per shift to make this holiday giving tradition possible. This is an indoor and outdoor opportunity and various tasks are assigned for each shift following check-in and a brief orientation. Some of the tasks include: packaging meats, front counter check out, crowd directors, forms assistants, data entry, and carts and carry-out. Individuals, families, and groups can sign up to volunteer at this event.

Dates and Shift Times are: 

Thanksgiving Holiday Food Distribution:

Monday, November 23 – Tuesday, November 24
(hours of operation 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

  • 1st shift: 7:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 2nd shift: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 3rd shift: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Last shift: 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25
(hours of operation 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

  • 1st shift: 7:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 2nd shift: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • All day shift: 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Christmas Food Distribution:

Monday, December 21 – Tuesday, December 22
(hours of operation 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

  • 1st shift: 7:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 2nd shift: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 3rd shift: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Last shift: 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 23
(hours of operation 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

  • 1st shift: 7:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 2nd shift: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • All day shift: 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information about volunteering for the upcoming holiday events listed, unless otherwise noted, please contact Tawanda Rollins at or call 513-482-7557.

We are looking for help in the following areas:

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


hostfooddriveDonations of canned goods 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 September 2015. We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.


Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)

NKU Education Abroad
Ohio Valley Beer
Wonderful Sales


Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)

AAA – Allied Group
Anderson High School
Belterra Park Casino
Bishop Brossert School
Cincinnati Business Courier
Design Topic
Great American Insurance
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Guardian Angels
Junior League – Cincinnati
Lakeside Christian Church
Perfetti Van Melle
Prince of Peace
Schwan’s Global Supply Chain, Inc.
Tri-State Freethinkers


Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Ave)

Advantage Sales and Marketing
Catalina Marketing
Church of the Redeemer
Dr. Pepper/Snapple
Fifth Third Bank
General Electric
Greenhills/Forest Park Kiwanis
Graydon Head
Great American Annuity Group
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Guardian Angels
Knights of Columbus
Lambda Chi Alpha
Linder Diversity and Inclusion
Messer Construction
North America Planning Service Center
PNC Bank
Prince of Peace
Southern Baptist Church
St. Margaret of York Knights
The Motorists Insurance Group
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
US Bank
Western and Southern
Westfield Insurance
White Oak Christian Church
Wise Temple


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