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  

Hospitality toward each guest, volunteer and visitor guides most every aspect of the pantry and ministry of CAIN. Guests wait in a pleasant, temperature-controlled room, with a separate room for their children to play in, supervised by an adult. Often a snack is served, sometimes highlighting a new product offered in the pantry, or demonstrating how a produce item can be prepared. In an individual "intake" meeting, guests privately discuss their situation, special family needs and can be connected to other service agencies in the city and county for which they are eligible. With the assistance of a trained volunteer, each guest shops through the pantry, choosing items that appeal to them or meet special dietary restrictions (like sugar-free). Volunteers procure and distribute over 700 pounds of fresh, healthy produce weekly...a rarity among food pantries.
CAIN has earned unanimous respect within our neighborhood. This spring, I went door to door, fundraising for CAIN through the Hunger Walk. Almost every person I spoke with contributed. The few who did not, acknowledged the importance of CAIN in our diverse neighborhood, and encouraged me to ask them again in the future. What had seemed a daunting task became instead a powerful affirmation of the staff, volunteers and member churches. This was the first year we had set a goal for fundraising from within Northside. The response was so positive, we raised 900 % more than any previous year. It is an honor to be associated with such a tremendous community asset!

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I have been a volunteer with CAIN over 15 years, contributing to the Christmas Secret Angels, or working in the food pantry, and recently serving on the Board of Directors. As a community "member-at-large" I have requested donations at Community Council meetings and consistently received with very generous donations and people volunteering. CAIN is immensely respected in our neighborhood, as an organization that contributes to the well-being of the entire neighborhood, not only the guests who utilize the pantry. CAIN is known as the organization in our diverse community where neighbors can directly assist and impact the wellfare of people living right here. The accomplishment this year, of CAIN organizing the use of EBT cards at the Northside Farmer's Market, supports the market overall and the farmers who bring produce to sell locally. These same vendors generously donate produce at the end of the market time, to CAIN, for the following morning at the pantry. Annually CAIN organizes a very popular neighborhood-wide garage sale, providing a map guiding shoppers to all homes/locations participating. CAIN's active presence in Northside directly connects neighbors with neighbors who might otherwise remain strangers , due to cultural or socioeconomic differences. CAIN builds community!

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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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 have been associated with CAIN for several years as a board member. CAIN is an amazing organization that does many great things for the Northside community. The staff and volunteers do an extraordinary job making every guest feel both welcome and appreciated. It is truly an honor to be able to serve with such a great group of people.

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

Definitely

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been my joy and blessing to be a part of the CAIN corp of Volunteers for the last twelve years. I have done a variety of things, including chairing the board for eight years, pantry volunteer, shopper, errand person, general support for staff and other volunteers, chaplain and many, many more. I have always been impressed by their dedication to helping all members of the community who are in need and work very hard to keep all decisions based on guest (we don't call them clients) needs. I am also impressed with the very impressive ratio of staff to volunteers. There are only three, part-time professionals, and yet they recruit, coordinate, schedule and supervise an incredible group of volunteers that often minister to over 400 families in a month.

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

Definitely

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?

2011

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9 people found this review helpful

I have served on CAINs Board and Fundraising Committee for two years as a Community Member. We have served so many "guests" that the impact is immeasurable. Especially this year, with the current economy, it is so essential to be able to provide nutrition, household essentials and especially an ear to listen and shoulder to lean on. There have been numerous examples of our "guests" getting back on their feet and returning to volunteer for CAIN to provide the same service and outreach that was provided to them. CAIN is truly a blessin to many.

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

truly empathic. They give so much more than is necessary. Our clients are treated as our guests and they feel the difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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