Volunteer Connection – February 2018

Mediaon February 12th, 2018Comments Off on Volunteer Connection – February 2018

The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others!

As we see all of the hearts and flowers decorating the community this February, the Volunteer Engagement Team would like to thank those who share their hearts each time they volunteer to make an  impact in our community.  The Freestore Foodbank couldn’t provide the services we do without your support!  Together, we can solve hunger!


All volunteers are welcome to join our team as TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER! Individuals may self-register and groups may request special dates by visiting our website: freestorefoodbank.volunteerhub.com.  Email our Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Carolyn Frank at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7550 for further assistance.

An Opportunity to share Professional Skills
Volunteers are needed to teach special professional skill based seminars in both our workforce development programs:  Cincinnati COOKS! and LIFT the TriState.  During both of the 10-week courses, students learn the mechanics of either a commercial kitchen or a working warehouse, as well as professional and life skills to ensure success in the industry and in their personal lives. Volunteer teachers are needed to present curriculum on resume writing, interviewing, conflict resolution, great work habits and much more.  If you are interested in teaching and sharing your professional knowledge contact Brandon Thomas, Volunteer Engagement Specialist directly at bthomas@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7547.

Mayerson Distribution Center

Mayerson Distribution Center
Located at 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Warehouse Shifts: Shifts are held Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Projects include food sorting/scanning, assembling food boxes such as senior boxes (additional groceries given to our older adult customers ages 55+) and packing Power Packs for area school children.  Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer. Student 13-18 must have parental consent and students 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Both individuals and groups are welcome at the Distribution Center.

  • Individuals may self-register on the website.
  • Groups of 10-25 people can schedule to volunteer by completing a request form on the website.

Student Nights at the Warehouse:
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 donations from canned food drives, assembling Power Packs, and/or a variety of simple projects during the volunteer session.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and in need of community service hours for high school, college, grants, or civic group requirement.

The Giving Fields

The Giving Fields
Located at 101 Anderson Lane, Melbourne, KY 41059

The Giving Fields is our community farm located in Melbourne, Kentucky – approximately five minutes from Northern Kentucky University. We plant, maintain and harvest fresh produce for our partner food pantries and soup kitchens in Northern Kentucky. Registration will open at the beginning of January for the 2018 growing season. This is a great volunteer opportunity for people of all ages. Families with children five years of age and older, high school and college students, as well as individuals and groups are welcome. The farm is slated to reopen in late March or early April – weather permitting.

Food Room

Food Room
Located at 112 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Individuals or groups of 10 or less can schedule a time to volunteer in the Food Room, Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. Volunteers are required to commit to at least two or more hours at a time. Projects include food sorting, restocking shelves with groceries, 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) to volunteer at this site. Please email Brandon Thomas at bthomas@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7547 to schedule.

Other Ways to Help

Donations of canned goods are needed all year-round! If you would like to organize a canned food drive, please fill out the online form available here.

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 in January 2018!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

All Saints School
Bobbie B. Fairfax School
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati Kiwanis
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
Cincom Systems Inc.
Danis
Dater High School
Fairfield High School
General Electric
GFP Kiwanis
Hamilton County
Indian Hill Global Network
Iota Sigma Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
Ken Anderson Alliance
Lambda Chi
LBYC Crew
Madeira Middle School
Margaret B. Rost School
Mercy Health Group
Miami University
Office Furniture Source
Ohio Valley Institute of Food Technologies
PayCor
Riley Family
Schindler Elevator
St. Antoninus Parish and School
St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
St. Xavier School
Target
The Asset Advisory Group
The Children’s Home
The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
The Gathering
The Matrix Companies
Toyota Boshoku America
Tri-State Freethinkers
Unaffiliated Users
University of Cincinnati
User Group Registration User Group Name
Western Southern Financial
Wyoming Presbyterian Church
Xavier University