Volunteer Connection – July 2018

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Mayerson Distribution Center
Located at 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.
Come spend time with us at our Mayerson Distribution Center to assemble food boxes for  children in our rural communities. During the school year, students receive food through their free and reduce breakfast and lunch programs.  With school closed for the summer, these food boxes will ensure they have nutritious meals during the summer months. We need at least 30 people each shift in July! This August, we will return to packing Power Packs for the school year.

Special Warehouse Activity:
Duck Plucking and Tagging!
Shifts are scheduled August 21st through 31st

Tuesday through Saturdays: 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
Over 200,000 little rubber ducks will land at the Mayerson Distribution Center in preparation for the Rubber Duck Regatta and we need help your help to get them dressed for the big event! Shifts of 50 people are needed to help remove and place new stickers on each duck before they are loaded into the semi-truck that will take them to the river on Sunday, September 2nd for the big splash.  Join us for this unique and fun volunteer experience as you play a vital role in our biggest fundraiser of the year!

Regular 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.  Both individuals and groups are welcome at the Distribution Center. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer. Student 13-18 years old must have parental consent and students 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.


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 NKU. We plant, maintain and harvest fresh produce for our partner food pantries and soup kitchens in Northern Kentucky. 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.

Farm Shifts:  Shifts are held Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Projects include planting, weeding, simple landscaping and once the crops are in…harvesting.  Many hands make the work light.  Come get dirty with us and feed our neighbors in Northern Kentucky.


Food Room
Located at 112 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
The Food Room is the Freestore Foodbank’s very own choice pantry at the Customer Connection Center.  On a daily basis the Customer Connection Center may serve up to 300 people and provide food and connections to other services which helps individuals and families.

Food Room Shifts:  Individuals or groups of 10 or less can schedule a time to volunteer in the Food Room, Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays and Friday from 8am-4pm.  On the third and fourth Saturdays of the month we have one shift from 9:30 pm to 2:30 pm and we are in need of up to 50 volunteers!  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.


Special Events
Located at various locations throughout the Cincinnati Area.

Check Out Duck:  Mid-July through early September
At select Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
We are gearing up for “Duck Season” at the Freestore Foodbank in preparation of the 24th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta!  We are seeking volunteers to help maintain duck placards (coupon holders) with tear off coupons at local Kroger checkout counters and UScan stations for the campaign starting this month. This fundraiser is a convenient way for people to buy ducks as they pay for their groceries. Last year, this campaign yielded close to $200,000 in duck sales with the help of our partners at Kroger and our dedicated volunteers. There are still stores available to adopt for the Check Out Duck campaign. Volunteers will begin picking up their supply bags on Wednesday, July 18th at our Central Parkway location and maintain their adopted store from July 18 – Friday, August 31. We are giving 8 community service hours to volunteers that assist us with this campaign during its 7 week run. To see the list of stores still available, click: Check Out Duck Volunteer

Quacky the Mascot:  Mid July through early September
At various locations throughout the community
Rubber Duck Regatta has a mascot? You bet we do! Quacky!  Quacky is a giant lovable duck that sports sunglasses and is liable to pop up anywhere and everywhere around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky! We are rounding up volunteers who are interested in playing Quacky at the height of Duck Season in August! Some appearances are short like 30 minutes and some appearances can be as long as a couple of hours. Quacky’s appearances can happen during a work day, weekend or evening. If you’re interested in honing in on your inner Quacky call Tawanda at 513-482-7557.

Cincinnati Cooks!Cincinnati Cooks! Soft/Life Skills Instructors
Located at 1141 Central Parkway
Cincinnati Cooks! is looking for a few new facilitators to lead their soft/life skill classes. These classes are held on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 1 pm to 3 pm at our office Topics of interest are: Interviewing 101, Resume Building/Writing, Customer Service, Diet/Nutrition, Effective Communication/Listening, Time Management, Conflict Resolution, and Anger/Stress Management.  We’re also looking for volunteers to help with writing curriculum for these topics!

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market
At various locations throughout the community
Want to help bring healthy nutritious produce into the community?  Volunteer on a regular basis with the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market!  We are also in need volunteers once a month for the HHMM Clean Up Crew as well.

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.

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

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Advanced Testing Laboratory
Ameriprise Financial
Bank of America
Bunge Friends
Chase Bank
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati Woman’s Club
Cincom Systems Inc.
Citi
Citizens Bank
Davis/Rebello Team
Duke Energy
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third
Fort Washington Investment Advisors
FOX Sports Ohio
Fund Evaluation Group
General Cable
General Electric
Give Back for Dawn’s 50th
Hillman Group
Kellogg Company
Ken Anderson Alliance
Kenwood Baptist Church
Kroger
Marcus & Millichap
Mercy Health Group
Morgan Stanley
MUC Holdings
New Richmond Schools
Nielsen
Passion Community Church
PNC Bank
Redeemer Church
Sam’s Club
Schimberg Financial Group
St. Christopher Church
St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
St. Rita School for the Deaf
The Gathering
Toyota Boshoku America
Tri – State Thinkers
Turner Construction
Ultimate Software
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Vadlamani Family
Western Southern Financial
YouthBuild NKY

Food Room (Customer Connection Center - Liberty Street)

Abbvie
Anchor Point Technology
Franciscans for the Poor
Fifth Third
General Electric
Indian Hills High School
St. Xavier High School

Giving Fields

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Ameriprise Financial
ASI Signage
BDO USA Accounting
Emerge Technologies
Empire Marketing Strategies
Fifth Third
Florence United Methodist Church
General Electric
Girl Scouts
Hillman Group
Katz Teller
Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler Accounting Firm
Kroger
Procter and Gamble
Salesforce
The Presbyterian Church of Hamilton
The Dance Girls
Webster United Methodist Church