We offer many opportunities for community members to get involved – spending as little as just a few hours now and then during the week on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to helping us on a regular basis.
YOU decide how you’d like to help and YOU decide how much time you’re able to give. We are grateful to all of our volunteers whether they help a little or a lot because TOGETHER we make it happen. See below for information on the various ways you can help.
In the kitchen
Do you have a group that would like to sponsor one of our meals? Contact us to see what weekend or weekday opportunities are available at the Over-The-Rhine Kitchen or the Walnut Hills Kitchen. Weekend responsibilities include:
- Obtaining & preparing the food for the meal which includes bringing your own utensils for cooking. Providing tableware (plates, napkins, cups and plastic dinnerware) and proper set up and clean up of the facility afterward. Number of guests served depends on the location.
- A meal includes a meat or casserole, starch, vegetable and/or salad, dessert and beverage.
- Hours of operation depend on the day and designated meal time.
- Our kitchens are fully function and equipped with a double oven, a ten-burner stove, and all the necessary pots and pans required for large scale cooking. A 100-cup coffee pot and two 5-gallon cold containers (for water and beverage) are on-site.
- We provide all dishwashing soap, trash bags, food handling gloves and floor cleaning detergent and equipment.
Note: A blessing of “thanks” may be expressed prior to serving the food; however, preaching or any other type of activity is not permitted.
Please feel free to arrange a visit to our kitchens to help with a meal before you decide to commit to the weekend service.
In the pantry
We also have volunteer opportunities in our Walnut Hills Pantry
on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Groceries are distributed to individuals and families from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Bagging groceries for distribution
Stocking the pantry shelves
Distributing the grocery bags to the guests on Tuesday and Thursday.
Note: This can be a great family event and a team building experience.
Other ways to help out
- Organize a food drive
- Donate supplies (see our wish list)
- Assemble and bring in holiday gift bags to distribute to our guests
- Host a personal care items drive
- Pick up donations in our cargo van (Requires a valid driver’s license)
- Make a monetary donation