Churches Active in Northside

Rating: 4.99 stars   119 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services, Religion, Economic Development

Location: 4230 Hamilton Ave Cincinnati OH 45223 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: In 2011, CAIN provided over 1359 unduplicated households of 2011 adults and 1573 children with emergency assistance. We provided food and hygiene items to over 4200 households. Over 2800 – nearly 65% - received special assistance like diapers, bus tokens, rent or utility help, fans, air conditioners, birthday gifts, birth certificates, state ids and prescriptions and vegetable container gardens. Over 900 households were referred for furniture, baby items, or other services.
Geographic areas served: 45223 zipcode of Cincinnati, OH
Programs: CAIN's Rainbow Choice Food Pantry provides low-income individuals and families with basic necessities like food; emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities; household and hygiene items; diapers; transportation assistance and referrals for furniture and baby items. CAIN meets with each person individually to assess situation and offer support, encouragement and guidance.
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Rating: 5 stars  

No one compares to CAIN when it comes to true love and ministry. They treat their guests and their volunteers as family, and call us to work together in love and respect. No one is unimportant or a "little person" at CAIN. You can always get a big hug from Priscilla, a joke from Darrell, or a smile from Lynne. CAIN ROCKS!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer at CAIN because whatever your job you take time to talk to the people coming for help and make them feel welcome and respected.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former volunteer at CAIN, I can attest to the critically important work they do. Not only do they provide food to those in need, but also assistance in how to get utility bills paid, or where to find housing, and maybe just as importantly, a sympathetic ear to listen. These people are vital to this community, and Cincinnati in general.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at CAIN every Tuesday for three years. Each time I step through their doors, I am gratified to realize that such a place exists...where volunteers, both young and old, from all walks of life, are willing to give of their time or lend an ear to others who have fallen on hard times. There's a satisfaction and joy in knowing that in some small way we do make a difference. It's the right thing to do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer at CAIN every week and have seen firsthand what this organization means to folks in need. Some we see every month, some just come once or twice and we don't see them again. But the important thing is that CAIN is there for them and they can count on a place to go for not only food and household provisions, but an ear to listen and understanding hearts ready to do whatever is needed to make their lives a little easier.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

After interning here all summer, I've really learned a lot about the inner workings of a nonprofit. The way volunteers and guests are treated is unmatched in my experience with food pantries. The respect given to guests who might be bearing shame or guilt by using this resource is refreshing and inspiring. As a whole, the leadership at CAIN is full of respect, compassion and a deep love for the Northside community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CAIN makes an amazing difference in the lives of many people, not just guests who come there for services, but volunteers from churches, school groups, and the neighborhood. CAIN is an outstanding example and advocate for the Beloved Community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I've watched CAIN grow in it's impact on the people it serves, the churches who provide the backbone of support for CAIN and the community over the past 15 years. CAIN's success has come from the can-do, God-trusting, people-loving character of its leadership.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way it has served the local church and nurtured partnership among churches.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching it grow almost every year and respond faithfully and creatively to every new challenge and need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

putting real hands and feet to the love of Christ.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend personally volunteering.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

breaking through the barrier from simply providing emergency assistance to empowering people to improve their life situations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about CAIN when I attended a church in Northside. I have been a volunteer and a donor there. I admire their contribution to the community by helping those in need. I support their mission and feel that CAIN is a vital outreach. As quoted in scripture, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms', CAIN's mercy and love towards the people that they service exemplifies God's beauty by touching one hand and one life at a time. Praises to the leadership, the staff and the volunteers that continue to make it happen at CAIN.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I believe the organization is doing a great job, and I do not know of any changes needed at this time.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CAIN, above all, respects and honors the guests who need their services. Everyone is treated with dignity and friendliness and every effort is made to meet the needs of the people who ask for assistance. "Lucy" came into the food pantry quietly, shyly and obviously embarrassed that she "had to ask for help". By the time she left she was showing pictures of her 2 grandkids and smiling. The mission of CAIN embraces the concept of loving our neighbor and that is demonstrated everyday at CAIN.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Clients are treated with great respect and every effort is made to help with needs - not only the "basics" but individual needs that we all take for granted - a pair of warm slippers, an umbrella or a knit hat for winter.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer and a donor, and always my experience at CAIN has been wonderful! Volunteering opportunities are well organized and everyone has fun. As a donor, I get frequent, but informative and creative, email updates. I always know what's going on at CAIN, and feel like they are making a real difference to many, many people.

Thant's my review! Go CAIN!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CAIN has been an important part of my life since 2005. The staff are incredibly understanding, supportive and dedicated, but equally important are the hardworking volunteers. CAIN is an organization that welcomes anyone who needs a little extra help with open arms. One of the biggest testaments to how wonderful CAIN is the amount of volunteers who benefited from the support of CAIN.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide even more produce and a larger selection of personal hygiene products, but that is more of a general wish for a better economy and more generous donors.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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