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  

CAIN doesn't just serve as an emergency mission, it's a part of the community, providing neighborhood dinners, having a presence at the farmer's market, and engaging all members of the community from volunteer appreciation parties to offering maps during the neighborhood garage sale. They go above and beyond in all aspects of their outreach and are a testament to how a neighborhood nonprofit should operate.

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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  

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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

As a former volunteer at CAIN and being involved with a local church through St. Vincent de Paul, I know that without CAIN many people in the neighborhood would go hungry. Their Choice Pantry provides many neighbors with needed food, personal items, soap, and even school supplies. All the staff here are friendly and helpful, many go out of their way to find "special" items for some clients.

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

get them more money so they can expand and provide more. Christmas is the saddest as they have to limit how many children they can assist due to lack of funding.

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This is a much needed service for this area of Cincinnati. As much as several churches donate financially to assist keeping this pantry open, the slow economy has decreased the donations the churchs receive causing a reduction in what C.A.I.N. can offer needy families. All the staff here are caring and many times go out of their way to assist someone in need.

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

our church's ministry project to assist those in need with household items such as a bed or table.

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

The caring people who work and volunteer here, and the clients who are so grateful for the help.

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

all great people just trying to help their fellow man.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go on forever helping needy families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although I have moved away from the state (live in San Diego) I still visit C.A.I.N. when I make a trip back home. They are always so gracious and welcoming to me even though they are usually very, very busy with clients. It reminds me of how gracious and welcoming they are to EVERYONE that steps across their threshold. C.A.I.N. has been in operation form many years yet their enthusiasm and respect for those in need is just as new and encompassing as they were in the early days. What a wonderful operation they run. I am glad to say I was a part of the C.A.I.N. family.....and still feel I am.

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Rating: 5 stars  

C.A.I.N. was the first volunteer program that I embarked upon as an adult. I was enticed to come there by a wonderful neighbor and fellow volunteer (who is still quite active with C.A.I.N.). The level of devotion and enthusiasm was nothing short of marvelous. I watched them grow from borrowed space in a church basement into the wonderful program they now present. I am still amazed at all of the opportunities they afford the working poor with such limited funds. C.A.I.N. makes me smile.

Was your donation impactful?

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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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

After working with C.A.I.N. for several wonderful years while I lived in Cincinnati, I moved my family to San Diego, California. Mimi Chamberlain, the director, has kept me in the loop and a part of the C.A.I.N. family like I had never left. Their email messages and brilliant web campaigns to garner the support and supplies they need to care for their needy is always interesting, intriguing and gets me thinking of what I can do to help from so far away! On an extended visit to Cincinnati to spend time with family, I was welcomed back into the fold and quickly was back in action as a volunteer. It takes a very special kind of group to emit that kind of warmth and family-like feeling while facing all of the obstacles that they face each year. And ALWAYS with a quiet, graceful smile! I brag about C.A.I.N. to all of my fellow volunteers out here on the left coast. It is quite a program! Cyndi Craig

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization serving local needs through community involvement. Always collecting food, clothing, and seasonal items to help local families. Active and vibrant non-profit.

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

I see this organization making positive changes in my community.

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

No changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Churches Active in Northside (CAIN) provides emergency assistance to Northside neighbors in need and also provides much- needed programming for children and youth. I choose to live in Northside because it is economically diverse, and I see how some members of our community struggle financially. The people at CAIN are very good at connecting people in need with available resources, and I feel tremendous confidence when I recommend their services to neighbors. And-- just as important--CAIN promotes a sense of community and unity for all Northside residents, bringing us together for fund-raising events like the annual neighborhood-wide yard sale and soliciting our involvement as volunteers and donors. In these ways, CAIN unites us as a neighborhood.

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

I have experienced CAIN's effectiveness when I recommended its services to a neighbor in need. She was nervous and ashamed to ask for help, and I offered to go with her to CAIN. Everyone we encountered was respectful and helpful and this put my neighbor at ease, and she received information and assistance that improved her situation.

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

find resources to increase the amount of programming for youth, especially in leadership development.

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Rating: 5 stars  

i attended the "training" session for this year's Angel Shop. I've always wanted to volunteer in our Northside community (we just moved here), and thought CAIN would be a great place to start since it's right across the street. I was surprised by the turnout. They have so many supporters...it was inspiring! Everyone I met was so friendly and approachable and they seemed to be very organized. I look forward to my volunteer time with them in December!

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

Living across the street I have witnessed quite a few events and collaborations that CAIN has been involved in, but this is my first experience joining them. We also gave to their "everything but the Turkey" drive. Very nice program!

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

I'm not sure. Haven't completed my volunteer work yet.

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

It just blows we away of all the good CAIN has done for Northside. We at North Side Bank love working with CAIN and help in all the drives and whatnots. I really think CAIN is one of the best organizations out there!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

turn North Side into a more beautiful, safe home for families!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

This is a fabulous organization that helps so many people in the community. And it is a very selfless organization that honestly just wants to help. I have worked with many of the people in the organization and they are always very plesant to work with, and I know that they help so so many people.

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

Mimi is fantastic. And she always has good ideas for the future.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

solve poverty in the area. Quite likely they could.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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