The Volunteer Connection September 2017

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Thank You Volunteers



Hundreds of volunteers supported the Rubber Duck Regatta throughout August – on the day of the event and on the days following the race. Without their dedication and support, our largest fundraiser would not have been successful. The Freestore Foodbank is greatly appreciative of the work and commitment put forth by our amazing volunteers!


Thank You Duck Pluckers and Taggers!
For two weeks, volunteers gathered at the Mayerson Distribution Center to prepare 175,000 ducks for the big day. Ducks arrived from all corners of the nation to be a part of the big splash into the Ohio River. With the help of our volunteers, all ducks were inspected, had previous dressings removed, and bright shiny new tags placed on them before being loaded into the truck to head to the event. We could not have made the event successful without our dedicated crew!

Thank You Mighty Duck Games Volunteers!
The Mighty Duck Games were held on Friday, August 18th on Fountain Square. Volunteers helped with event setup, breakdown, games support, duck sales and even a few helped Quacky “come to life”. We wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without YOU…many thanks!

Check Out Duck Volunteers – We Salute YOU!!
Volunteers helped support the 6-week campaign by maintaining a great group of Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. They visited their store(s) at least once per week with some even visiting more than once to ensure customers were able to utilize the duck coupons to purchase ducks. The campaign would not be a success without your continued support!

A Weekend at Kroger – Duck Sales Volunteers
Volunteers helped sell ducks at the Anderson, Harper’s Point, Oakley, Delhi, Hyde Park, Newport, Western Hills, Mt. Orab, and Lawrenceburg Kroger stores each weekend in August. Donors had an opportunity to pick up some “duck swag” with their duck purchases in addition to complete their weekly shopping at Kroger’s. What a fun way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon! Thank you Kroger Weekend Duck Sales Volunteers!!

Duck Central Volunteers – Duck Sale Calls
“Hello? Do You Want to Buy A Duck?” Did you register your duck by calling the duck line? If you did, you were probably assisted by one of our many esteemed volunteers. Volunteers helped out throughout the month of August taking duck sale calls from you and many others. Thank you Duck Central Volunteers for answering those phones and helping us to secure those ducks were in the race!!

What is the Rubber Duck Regatta without Quacky?!
Quacky sends a huge and hearty THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who braved the extremely warm costume to make children and adults giggle and laugh during Quacky’s many appearances. Quacky couldn’t have “quacked” without YOU!

The Finale – Rubber Duck Regatta Volunteers
We made it!! On Sunday, September 3rd at Serpentine Wall and Newport on the Levee, volunteers flanked the river at both venues selling ducks! Volunteers assisted with dropping the ducks from the Purple People bridge and after the big race they helped scoop the ducks from the Ohio River and load them into our trucks. Way to go Rubber Duck Regatta Volunteers!!

Wash, Rinse, Load, Ship – Duck Washing Volunteer
For the past few years, Xavier University’s Men’s Swim Team has unloaded, washed, rinsed, and repackaged over 175,000 racing ducks on Labor Day morning at our Mayerson Distribution Center. They come with enthusiasm and a competitive nature to beat their previous completion time. They have a system they use and we pretty much step back and let them do their thing. Thank You XU Swim Team for sending the ducks out in style!


A Company Project – Adopt –A – Family for the Christmas Holiday

Are you in need of a company project during the holiday season or just looking for a new family tradition for your family? We have a great project just for you!

Become a Family’s Donor
Share in the spirit of the holidays by helping other families enjoy the season. Become a donor and purchase gifts for one of our Freestore Foodbank families that participate in our Housing, Direct Rent, and Shelter Diversion programs. Adopt – A – Family is an annual program that helps over 200 customers during the holidays. Your generosity will provide a great sense of value and worth to these families and clearly demonstrate in a meaningful way that others really care about them.  For more information about adopting a family or helping with gift purchases, please email: or call 513-720-6099.

The Holidays are Coming Soon:  Be on the lookout in our next Volunteer Connection October issue for our Holiday Roundup of Upcoming Events!


Check out the volunteer registration and information page on the Freestore Foodbank website to learn more about our ongoing activities and to sign up.  There are always opportunities a the Mayerson Distribution Center, Customer Connection Center’s Liberty Street Market, and Giving Fields.


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 contact
Bob Barnes at 513-482-4517.

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 August 2017!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)
  • 84.51
  • ASAP Event Advertising
  • Bank of America
  • Bottom Line Systems
  • Catalina Marketing
  • Celanese
  • Christian Young Professionals
  • Cincinnati Sikhs
  • Cincinnati State
  • East Central High School
  • Fifth Third
  • General Electric
  • Girl Scouts
  • Henkel Corporation
  • Kerry Automotive
  • Kroger
  • Medical Solutions
  • Ohio National Corp
  • Pappas Restaurants
  • Pepsi Beverage Co.
  • PNC Bank
  • Procter and Gamble
  • School Outfitters
  • SFM Insurance
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Smithfield
  • St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
  • Team RWB Cincinnati
  • The Gathering
  • Tri-State Freethinkers
  • US Bank
  • Vantiv
  • Von Lehman
  • Western Southern Financial
Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)
  • 84.51
  • Architects Plus
  • Boca Restaurant Group
  • Bottom Line Systems
  • Celanese
  • Crossroads Church Service Saturdays
  • Data Intensity
  • Fifth Third
  • Four EG
  • Gap
  • General Cable
  • Girl Scouts
  • Nestle
  • Pep Promotions
  • St. Vivian School
  • The Gap
  • Tri-State Freethinkers
  • Turner Construction
  • US Bank
  • Vantiv


Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)
  • Angel Walker, Friends and Family Group
  • Cintas
  • Fifth Third
  • Millennium Hotel