Join the CAIN scene in 2015!

Start the new year in service to your neighbors and neighborhood!

A summer day on the CAIN dock to invite you to join the CAIN volunteer team in 2015! Photo: CAIN
A summer day on the CAIN dock to invite you to join the CAIN volunteer team in 2015! Photo: CAIN

A summer day on the CAIN dock to invite you to join the CAIN volunteer team in 2015! Photo: CAIN

Becoming a CAIN Volunteer is a great way to start this New Year. Read on to find a volunteer service opportunity that matches your talents and interests and warms your heart!

Like people?  Welcome guests to the pantry as a Welcome Desk volunteer. Greet guests and offer snacks, friendship and encouragement as a Hospitality Volunteer. Confirm guest needs and provide additional resources as an Intake and Service Facilitator. Assist guests with their pantry selections as a Choice Pantry Shopper. Pantry hours:  Mon. 6:30-8:30pm; Tues. 10am-1pm; Thurs 10am-1pm.  Weekly or monthly commitment needed.

Want to make sure there is food for our guests?  Many of the items our guests need are provided through the generosity of local businesses and individuals.  Use your vehicle to make local pick-ups of pantry items or food drive donation items as a Food and Donation Transporter. Help to display pantry items and manage inventory as a Pantry Stocker or Back Pantry Manager.  

Enjoy cooking? Use pantry items to prepare nutritious food samples for guests as a Pantry Food Sampling Coordinator. Offering yummy samples to CAIN guests gives them the opportunity to try new taste combinations then take home the food and the recipe to make a delicious dish for their family. CAIN’s Rainbow Choice Pantry reflects the USDA’s My Plate initiative to offer and promote a variety of nutritious food choices.

Really great at leading and organizing? The Choice Pantry relies on volunteers to serve our guests! Coordinate Volunteer Shoppers and pantry time activities as a Shift Leader. Staff the Wednesday evening Northside Farmers Market booth as a CAIN Ambassador. Welcome guests and assist local church volunteers on Monday evening for the weekly Phil’s Place dinner as a CAIN Liaison. As a CAIN Board Committee member, participate in monthly evening meetings with others committed to CAIN’s “behind the scenes” critical work that propels CAIN’s mission forward.

Have a heart open to work with women and children who have experienced homelessness? Assist guests at Grace Place in the development of life skills and develop relationships as a listening companion supporting guests and helping with household duties as a Hospitality Volunteer. Four hour shifts available each weekday at CAIN’s College Hill location.

Like to throw parties? As a Party with a Purpose Host you can plan a party to benefit CAIN. Help local organizations arrange food and personal products drives as a Donation Organizer. Many CAIN guests receive SNAP benefits (food stamps). Federal policy prohibits the purchase of personal care and household items with SNAP funds. Local drives are critical to meet the needs of CAIN guests.

Love detailed work? Assist guests in completing forms to apply for a variety of programs covering food, healthcare, household energy and student aid as well as tax filing as an Ohio Benefit Bank Counselor (training provided). Contribute needed services such as mailings and information management as an Administrative Assistant. Advance CAIN’s growth as a Social Media Promoter. 

Enjoy making a big splash? Lead or participate in special summer events: Freestore Foodbank Memorial Day Hunger Walk and the Northside July 4th Parade

Ready to take the next step? Volunteer Applications available on CAIN website or contact Judy Radina at  513-591-2246, ext. 4 or 
CAIN – Churches Active In Northside
4230 Hamilton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45223
(513) 591-2246 

By Judy Radina

Judy serves CAIN as the Coordinator of Volunteers. In her leisure time Judy enjoys serving as a Healing Touch hospital volunteer and going on “Adventure Days” with her granddaughter.


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CAIN is a neighborhood ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources, and compassion in a way that respects human dignity and builds a more vibrant community.

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