The Volunteer Connection September 2015

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Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make our Rubber Duck Regatta so successful! The Freestore Foodbank’s largest fundraising event is not possible without the volunteers who contribute their time, talent, and treasures.

To those who…

  • Answered phones at Duck Central…
  • Sold ducks at Krogers and other venues around town…
  • Maintained the coupons displays for Check-Out Duck campaign with Kroger …
  • Plucked and tagged rubber ducks at the Distribution Center…
  • Provided strategic planning, logistics and execution that led to the successful dropping of the ducks from the Purple People Bridge…
  • Scooped ducks from the river and bathed the duckies before sending them on their way…
  • Motivated their companies, colleagues, and sponsors to support the event…





The Holiday Season is Upon Us: Holiday Food Distribution Schedule

Holiday picWe are ready to reserve spots for our annual Holiday Food Distribution taking place at our Customer Connection Center two and a half days before Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. We schedule up to 100 volunteers per shift to ensure families have a holiday meal. The dates, hours of operation and shift times are below. To reserve spot(s) for yourself or a group, please contact Tawanda Rollins at or 513-482-7557.

Thanksgiving Food Distribution

  • Monday, 11/23 – Tuesday, 11/24 (hours of operation 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Shift times:

  • 1st shift: 7:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 2nd shift: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 3rd shift: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Last shift: 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 11/25 (hours of operation 8 a.m. to noon)

Shift times:

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

Christmas Food Distribution

  • Monday, 12/21 – Tuesday, 12/22 (hours of operation 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Shift times:

  • 1st shift: 7:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 2nd shift: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 3rd shift: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Last shift: 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 12/23 (hours of operation 8 a.m. to noon)

Shift times:

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



Yom Kippur Food Drive: We Need Your Help!

Wise Temple donates food to the Freestore Foodbank every year during Yom Kippur. Volunteers are needed to collect donated items from vehicles at two locations on Wednesday, September 23. Locations and times are below. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Tawanda Rollins at or 513-482-7557.

Locations and Times:

  • 7:30 a.m. to noon Isaac M. Wise Temple (Reform) – 8329 Ridge Road, 45236 (12 volunteers needed)
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wise Temple – Plum Street, 45202 (5 volunteers needed)



Change is Coming: Volunteer Hub

Signing up for volunteer events and activities will be quicker and easier than ever before with a new online volunteer registration system, Volunteer Hub, which will debut this fall. Volunteers will be able to sign up online for activities, receive training, and even check in and out of the events via their smartphone. Team Leaders from all of our corporate groups, faith organizations, and civic groups will be able to sign up their crews utilizing specially designed online webpages just for them. The Freestore Foodbank Volunteer Management team is excited about this new and exciting tool that will help us manage our volunteers and make the onboarding process even better. Look for more details about our new volunteer management program and special training sessions for team leaders coming soon!



Christmas Project: Adopt – A – Family

Are you in need of a company project during the holiday season or are you looking for a new family tradition for your own family? We have a project just for you! Share in the spirit of the holidays. Help other families enjoy the season by purchasing gifts for a Freestore Foodbank family! Recipients of your generosity will be families that participate in our housing, direct rent, and shelter diversion programs.

Donors are needed to purchase gifts and volunteers are needed to wrap the gifts and help during the distribution process two weeks prior to Christmas.

For more information about volunteering for this program contact: email: or call 513-482-7550.

For more information about adopting a family or helping with gift purchases email:



We are looking for people in the following areas:

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


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.



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

Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)

Miami University


Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)

84.51 Working Parents Group
American Insurance
CIY Engage
Fifth Third Bank
Health Care Comes Together
Indian Hill Church
Ken Oleynik’s Baseball Team
St. Ignatius
St. Ursuline Academy
Tri-State Freethinkers
Ulmer & Berne


Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Ave)

Architects Plus
Church of the Redeemer
Cincinnati Kiwanis
Danis Building Construction
Dannon Yogurt
Dunkin Donuts
East Central High School
Fifth Third Bank
General Electric
Great American Annuity Group
Guru Nanak Society
Harlow HRK Sales & Marketing, Inc
Hillman Group
Metro (Comto)
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
Raymond James & Associates
Schulman Associates
Shepherd Color
Standard Retirement Services
The Gathering
Turner Construction
US Bank


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