The Volunteer Connection December 2015

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volunteer_mainMeet Our New Volunteer Engagement Specialist!

Tony Chowing is the newest member of the Human Resources and Volunteer Management Department. As the new Volunteer Engagement Specialist, he is the person behind the emails and the voice you will hear when you call to sign up for opportunities.

Tony will play a key role for team leaders who want to sign up their groups at the Distribution Center and the Giving Fields. He brings years of experience in communication, education and training and will provide team leaders and volunteers with instructions on the new registration system.

In his spare time, Tony enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, reading mysteries, and eating chocolate!

Tony is excited to be a part of our team and looks forward to meeting many of our volunteers. Please feel free to contact him directly at or call (513)482-7550.

Thank you,

Stephanie Togneri
Director of Volunteer Engagement


Thanksgiving Blessings Make Holiday Operations Happen!

When we counted our blessing on Thanksgiving, we included all of the volunteers who made our Thanksgiving Holiday Food Distribution possible. Approximately 1,100 volunteers contributed over 3,000 hours of their time in making this event a huge success. Thanks to the exceptional support of our awesome volunteers and staff we were able to provide Thanksgiving meals to over 9,000 families. Each volunteer is a true blessing to our agency and community!

Many of the volunteers had such a great time that they have already signed up for our Christmas Food Distribution. There are still slots available on Monday, December 21, Tuesday, December 22, and Wednesday, December 23. Click here to register.


20141121_143256Christmas Food Distribution
Our Christmas Food Distribution
takes place at the Customer Connection Center the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday prior to Christmas Eve. Up to 100 volunteers are needed per shift to complete various tasks which allow us to provide holiday meals to more than 6,000 households. Click here to sign up as a volunteer for the Christmas Food Distribution.

Scope of WorkVolunteers make our Holiday Food Distributions possible! Volunteers are assigned at the end of orientation, on a free-will basis and we cannot guarantee that groups will be able to stay together. Volunteer tasks are not assigned in advance.

Tasks include: crowd direction, assisting customers complete a USDA form, bagging meats or produce, front line supply, or carts/customer assistance.

Operations will run regardless of weather conditions. All volunteers for Holiday Operations should be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds without medical restriction.

Minimum AgeAll volunteers for Holiday Operations must be at least 10 years of age. 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. Volunteers 16-17 years old may serve without accompaniment. All minors must complete a paper application/waiver with signed parental consent and should be registered with Volunteer Services in advance of the event, just as adults are.

Honoring the MLK Day of Service with Power Pack-a-ThonMLK National Day of Service
Volunteers are needed to help assemble 1,000 Power Packs on Fountain Square from noon until 3 p.m. Up to 40 volunteers are needed. Click here to register.

volunteer_slider06Annual Meeting & Distinguished Speaker Series
Volunteers are needed for Event Set-Up on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 11:30a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Day of Event Support on Thursday, January 28, 2016 beginning at 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Various tasks will be assigned including but not limited to the following: Parking Attendants, Coat Check and Event Break Down.

Location: 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.
Click here to sign up.

volunteer_slider04Student Nights
Are you a high school or college student and need community services hours for school or a specific project? Here’s your chance to earn three hours of credit while helping your community.

Students assist with sorting canned food drive donations, assembling Power Packs and completing a variety of simple projects during this time set aside especially for students. This event is specific for students 16 years of age and up who are in need of service hours.

Location: Mayerson Distribution Center; 1250 Tennessee Ave; 45229.
To Sign Up:


Mayerson Distribution Center
Groups of 10-30 can schedule to volunteer at the Distribution Center Tuesday through Saturday by clicking here. Shift times include 9 am-noon or 1 pm-4 pm. Projects include food sorting, packaging of food boxes such as senior boxes and Power Packs and special event projects such as Holiday Ops Food Boxes, Duck Tagging/Plucking. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age with parental consent and accompanied by an adult.

Location: 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Liberty Street MarketLiberty Street Market
Individuals or groups of ten or less can schedule a time to volunteer; the hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. Volunteers are required to commit to at least two or more hours at this location during the hours of operation. Projects include food sorting, restocking shelves with groceries and assisting customers with their groceries outside of the building and loading groceries in their vehicle in front of the building. Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old (with parental consent). Please contact April Moorman at 513-357-4643 or email to schedule.

Location: Customer Connection Center, 112 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

givingfields4Giving Fields
Be on the lookout for more information to schedule individual and group opportunities at the Giving Fields! The Giving Fields is our community farm located at 101 Anderson Ave in Melbourne, KY. We plant, maintain and harvest fresh produce for our member agencies in Northern Kentucky which provide emergency food to the families in their network. A great opportunity for families, volunteers can be as young as 5 years of age. Registration will open in January.


Donations of canned goods are needed all year around, not just at the holidays! If you would like to organize a canned food drive, please click here and fill out the contact form.

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Freestore Foodbank team? Please click here for our current employment opportunities.


Thank you to the following groups for your support this November!

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Ave)

Alpha Phi Omega
Ameriprise Financial
BlueMark Capital, LLC
Charles Schwab &Co. Inc
Children’s Hospital
Coca Cola
Duke Energy
Ethicon Endo – Surgery
Fifth Third Bank
FourEG/Keystone Bain Bar & Grill
Gamble Montessori
General Electric
General Mills
Kappa Psi Beta Phi
LaSalle High School
STEER Mentoring Program
Tri-State Freethinkers
Western and Southern

Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)

Great American Insurance
University of Cincinnati

Thanksgiving Holiday Operations

AAA Allied
Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati Leadership Class #39
Clark Montessori
Cushman & Wakefield
EA Cincinnati
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third
First Financial Bank
General Electric
Hamilton County Planning & Development
Health Collab
Hormel Foods
IGS Energy
Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCC)
Mike Albert
News America
Nordstrom – Kenwood
Ohio Association of Foodbanks
Oswald Companies
Proctor and Gamble
ProLink Staffing
Roger Bacon High School
S & F Holland
Schulman IRG
School for Creative and Performing Arts
The Standard
Thomas More College of Nursing
Turpin High School Latin Club
UC – Calhoun Hall Government
UC – Sigma Tau Gamma
US Bank
United States Coast Guard
United Way Greater Cincinnati Young Professionals

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