CAIN has done a great job to effectively serve the community even during the changing times of the pandemic. They are a vital part of the city.
I have been serving with CAIN for two years, first as a volunteer and now as a board member. I am always impressed by the dedication of staff and volunteers to provide the best possible services and meet community needs while building relationships with their neighbors. It has been amazing to see how CAIN has done everything in their power to meet the challenges of COVID 19 and the new expanded needs of guests.
I love volunteering with CAIN and seeing all the great work they do in Northside! Not only do they provide much needed assistance for their neighbors, but they work to build relationships between residents and strengthen the community as a whole.
I am a volunteer with CAIN, serving in both the pantry and on the Board. I believe CAIN offers a very needed service, providing food, personal care products, community meals and rent/utility and shelter assistance to those in need. The staff of CAIN are both compassionate and skilled in serving our guests. Our Board is tremendously committed to the mission and vision of CAIN of “connecting our community to challenge poverty by feeding bodies and souls.”
CAIN is an amazing emergency assistance program that serves individuals and families in the community by providing basic needs ( food, personal hygiene items, household products and diapers). Services are provided by a very small but dedicated staff and huge number of equally dedicated volunteers. One on one assistance is also provided for needs like utility assistance, rent, housing, clothing or whatever family needs come up. A free community meal is offered once per week to engage guests in socializing, provide activities for children and offer additional resources to families. I have volunteered with CAIN over the years and proudly serve on their Board of Directors.
As a volunteer in the CAIN food pantry I have listened to the stories of our neighbors in need of food and personal care items. They are so appreciative of the items they receive during their visit. CAIN has consistently provided these much needed items even when the number of guests seeking food doubled during the pandemic. Staff have worked extra long hours to adapt the pantry to ensure guests are able to shop in a safe manner. CAIN demonstrates a respectful and caring attitude of its guests, volunteers, staff and donors. I highly recommend this non-profit.
As a volunteer I have enjoyed assisting the guests when they come to shop at the Food Pantry. I've also enjoyed getting to know the other volunteers who show care and compassion for everyone. If you want to volunteer for a nonprofit that appreciates its volunteers and strives to continue to improve services for the less fortunate CAIN is the place.
CAIN is a place the provides respect and dignity to numerous members of the Cincinnati community. CAIN allows people to make conscious choices about the food they consume in their home. They provide food education and other professional services such as tax preparation and haircuts. . It's an honor to help CAIN make an impact on those most in need.
Outstanding organization in the heart of Northside. Provides material and spiritual support to people in need. Serving more people than ever during the pandemic, thanks to ingenuity and work ethic of staff and volunteers.
CAIN has been helping residents of the 45223 zip code and surrounding communities for over 25 years with emergency food pantry and other services. CAIN staff and volunteers take a humane, hospitality-centered approach when encountering each guest. Love CAIN! Feeds bodies and souls!
CAIN does a great job assisting Northside residents with food through pantry choices. The organization is efficiently run and also offers additional services such as tax preparation and haircuts (when not restricted by Covid 19) . Bob Meyer
Churches Active in Northside (CAIN) cares about every aspect of the lives of their neighbors. Food pantry, Grace Place, resources and information to improve your life is just the beginning of all CAIN does for the community. Please continue to support this exceptional organization.
I am honored to be associated with CAIN. Valerie Walker
My name is Valerie Walker and I am a proud board member of CAIN (Churches Active in Northside). I discovered CAIN when my church was located in Northside thirteen years ago. The need to not only feed people, but empower them to feed themselves was why I became personally involved. One visit to Phil's Place, the community meal, or the pantry will change your perspective about how necessary this service is to our neighbors, neighborhood and city.
I am a volunteer intake person at CAIN, and have had the pleasure of checking in an immigrant lady from Central America almost every month for the past year. It has been very gratifying to see her progress from an cautious, unsure, person with language difficulties to an always smiling, confident, much improved English-speaking, happy person over the past year. I'm thankful for organizations like CAIN who are there to give people a hand up and make a difference. Bob M.
This past tax season I volunteered at CAIN to help individuals file their taxes. The work this organization does is absolutely amazing! The residents of Northside (which is considered a food desert) are able to come here to get nutritious food, learn about services available to them, as well as get their taxes filed for free. CAIN is such a great part of the Northside community.
I started volunteering at CAIN after graduating from university - and 7 years later, with the past 3 of those serving on CAIN's board, I count myself lucky to have come across this organization and to be able to contribute to their wonderful mission in my own small way.
CAIN is a grassroots, nutrition-based, choice food pantry that treats its guests as equals - each week, CAIN provides a free weekly community meal for anyone and everyone - thousands are served each year, and come together over a fresh nutritious meal. CAIN also operates its pantry three times a week, with an emphasis on healthy fresh produce - and there are always samples of fresh fruits and vegetables for guests to try!
But aside from the programs that have such a positive impact on our community, CAIN is rare in that it also CREATES community - treating everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve, and forging bonds between neighbors. CAIN is a very special place, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it.
CAIN is one of the most loving and effective nonprofits I’ve witnessed in over 25 years as a grant writer and/or foundation officer in Southern Ohio. CAIN welcomes neighbors as family and has always found new ways to help them build stability and health.
Working as a handyman/volunteer with CAIN for about 15yrs has opened my eyes and heart to help another human being. The love and care for others goes to the next level. Food, Fellowship, Fun, For All, is a weekly event. Week after week never missing a beat! Simply Love at it finest! It has been an honor to serve and grow within this community as they do continue to grow. Garden On!❤️
Best neighborhood food pantry I’ve EVER known! I was the Service Coordinator at McAuley High School, and for 20 years, CAIN was one of our girls’ favorite places to volunteer! They do such a great job of engaging all ages of the community! Any project or collection of food and items that our students did for CAIN was above-and-beyond appreciated by CAIN, and that goes a long way with young people getting involved and trying to do good in their communities. Now at Mercy McAuley High School, I continue to keep my students aware of his great treasure in our area. Personally, I have found CAIN so accommodating when I have kitchen items or other donations to donate. I can always trust that what I donate will be put straight to good use. And Mimi, Cathy, Cheryl, or any other volunteer there will be so cheerful and encouraging as I show up. They even helped when my own family was looking to be matched with a family in need for Christmas to help out with presents and much needed items. CAIN really knows how to use their resources well and engage the community in which they live and work. They never turn away a helping hand or a hand in need. I LOVE CAIN!! Gina Keith
CAIN is all about putting the needs of the community first and making sure people feel welcome! As a volunteer and intern, I grew a ton while serving at CAIN!
I've been a volunteer at CAIN for many many years. I am so proud to be part of their mission. They treat their guests with so much respect, concern and love. They are also fabulous stewards of the donations they receive (both in-kind and monetary).
I was a volunteer and helped as a shopper and also doing intake on the computer. The dignity shown to those receiving help is amazing. People are treated as valued and respected customers. The staff is dedicated and caring and always makes time to listen. You can tell they care for each individual.
I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful people at CAIN for two years and I loved every second of being a part of this team! This organization is a beacon of hope to the entire community and has blessed the lives of so many!
I have been a volunteer at CAIN for four years. The staff and other volunteers are pleasant and always ready to assist the guests. CAIN Choice Pantry fills a great need in Northside. I am proud to be associated with an organization with such a sincere mission and wonderful people to carry it out.
I am very proud to be a Rainbow Pantry volunteer at CAIN. The guests are always treated warmly and with respect Helping them to choose canned goods, personal and cleaning items, meat and fresh produce in that atmosphere is very rewarding to the volunteers. As a donor, a volunteer and a former board member, I can state that CAIN is definitely a nonprofit with hospitality, integrity and a huge heart for the residents of Northside.
I'm always amazed by the commitment & devotion of the staff while serving the public during the food pantry hours each week. As a volunteer to pick up donations each week, I truly enjoy doing my part.
I feel very fortunate to have found the CAIN pantry as a place to volunteer. It is a very welcoming place that is dedicated to helping people in need and treating them with respect and dignity. And I've been very blessed to be able to get to know and work with all the people here, both our guests and my fellow volunteers.
I've been coming to CAIN for 5 yrs. The program supplements putting food on my family's table! Without my coming to CAIN, it would really be hard to feed my family.
I've been coming to CAIN for over 10 yrs and in coming here, I've been helped tremendously with services, i.e., medical, food assistance and rental assistance. Another good thing about CAIN is that they help feed & clothe people in need and also offer church services. People are friendly, nice & professional.
I know CAIN has been a blessing to me and my 5 children as a single parent. They even gave us 2 months' rent on 2 occasions. They help us with food and supplies & needed household items.
My experience at CAIN has been amazing as a volunteer! I felt immediately welcomed by all staff and saw how the "attitude" of giving and support was threaded throughout the organization. I truly enjoy being a shopper and helping customers through the experience. I also enjoy the flexible volunteer hours which allow me to volunteer outside of work. I'm thankful for CAIN and I want to see it continue to thrive. It is truly making an impact in the community!!
I've been a client of CAIN for over 15 yrs. CAIN has helped my entire immensely with food, food that we normally would not be able to buy, like fresh produce, and we totally enjoy it now. Plus quality meat! They even help with medications. And they helped me get back into college with book expenses. My granddaughter looks forward to my coming to CAIN for the neat little treats! They rarely say No to any request. One thing I enjoy it their allowing me to volunteer myself and thus, lets me Give Back to their Mission. I believe all clients should volunteer!
I retired after 42 yrs of teaching and still volunteer teach and also enjoy volunteering here at CAIN to Make a Difference. I attend the North Presbyterian Church who introduced me to CAIN and enjoy the experience of intake. They get to know us and we, them. It's been enlightening and fun to meet other people. We are part of a team to make a difference.
I've been coming for 11 yrs. I adopted a baby and my children were grown & out. CAIN helped get a baby bed and clothing from the Love Share program nearby. My baby has grown up with CAIN.
I've been coming since 2008 to CAIN and it's been a great experience! When I get my SSI disability, this is good place to come and get supplies.
I like CAIN because they are very nice and help anyone who needs help. I've been coming here about 4 yrs.
I've been coming to CAIN for 4 yrs. I am a grandmother with custody of 3 grandkids and it has provided food & other supplies to help. The people here are very caring & so nice.
I am a volunteer for CAIN and have been active in CAIN for almost two years. CAIN has enriched my life in so many ways. I have found that I get as much from our guests as I give to them. Being involved in the CAIN CAFE, I get to help them find nutritious options in their daily eating.
CAIN goes beyond giving food because of how we treat guests. We work to treat all guests with dignity. It's not just food. It is emotional, spiritual, financial support. I had a guest tell me that she woke up depressed, but she came to CAIN because it made her feel better. We pay attention. We are a community.
I have been coming here for years. I see people from the neighborhood -great people! They have really helped a lot. I am thankful for the help.
Today is my first day. It has been good so far. I am here to use the food pantry. It is a great place with nice people.
this is a good place for people that are struggling with things in life this place gives the community opportunity with not just food support in every day life
it was great experience. People were very nice - genuinely! The food was great and had plenty. The environment was friendly. That makes a huge difference. I loved it!
I"ve been to Cain many times and always found the people very kind and receptive. The products were well needed and I am thankful that they are here to help.
As a volunteer at CAIN I have seen the positive impact the Rainbow Choice Food Pantry has on the community of Northside. The Angel Shop at Christmas provided toys and household cleaning items for many families and individuals. The guests could choose the items their children most desired in an organized, well supplied shop. The guests were greeted by pleasant , friendly volunteers. It was a blessed event for all.
A great place to volunteer! Guests appreciate you're being there and employees welcome your help. Love being here every week.
I highly recommend CAIN to all the Northside residents for the compassion and the experience each individual receives each time they come to receive either food to take home or the sit down dinner.
CAIN does a wonderful job caring for its neighbors in need. An ecumenical effort to serve the community for many years.
I have seen first hand how effectively CAIN extends Grace in remarkable, tangible ways to everyone who walks thru the door. Guest needs and experience alway drive services that are creatively delivered to make sure this consistently happens. Volunteers and guests find common ground in the midst of difficult circumstance to celebrate each other in the Northside community. Not an easy thing to do...in our increasingly complex many times inequitable world.
I have been involved with CAIN as a volunteer for over a year thanks to a "call for help" at my church. From the beginning I was impressed with the dedication to its mission of providing food and assistance to people in need and with the structure and organization the pantry program. Guests are treated like guests and given the opportunity to make their own food choices. There is also a great program to offer meal suggestions and provide samples using ingredients available in the pantry or at a local farmers market. I have also been impressed with how CAIN's awesome staff works to connect guests with other resources; a holistic approach that leverages the work of multiple organizations and benefit programs. A great organization that is "walking the walk".
I'm the Community-Owner board representative for a cooperatively owned neighborhood grocery store getting ready to open in the neighborhood. We are working VERY closely with CAIN to ensure that the benefits of cooperative ownership of the grocery store reach the disadvantaged populations that CAIN serves. And now, before we open, we are working with CAIN and the Northside Farmer's Market to help get fresh and healthy food to the transportation challenged individuals in the neighborhood.
CAIN does amazing work in MANY areas and we are lucky to partner with them in the areas we can help.
This local charity is SUCH an asset to my community. They regularly bring awareness of need without guilt (for givers or receivers). I think this encourages donations and helps receivers avoid stigmatization. They also make it easy to give and have come up with some amazing ideas. For example they hand out flyers at the community council once a month that lists items needed for that month's "drive". (November's title was "Everything but the turkey" and asked for a reusable bag filled with 1 can of beans or peas, 1 can of greens, 1 can of cranberry sauce, 1 box of instant potatoes, 1 box of biscuit or muffin mix, 1 can of gravy, 1 roll of paper towels and 1 box of stuffing) (May-"Spring Cleaning" was a reusable bag with 1 laundry detergent, 1 dish soap, paper towels, dish cloths, kitchen towel, 1 box baking soda, vinegar --they printed instructions on how to use it as floor and window cleaner) This tells me exactly what they want/need and when to drop it off by. They've also partnered with the farmer's market and have a booth for people (market attendees and vendors) to donate fresh produce from the market. After the market they immediately hand it out to neighborhood families waiting back at their building. Also, frequently on farmers market days and neighborhood festival days (4th of July parade) they sell hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie dogs, veggie burgers and sodas at their location. At these donors and receivers interact without prejudices. No one really knows who is there for which purpose. It's really nice.
CAIN plays an important role serving the community, especially those in need. I see them every week t the farmers market, collecting produce donations and providing fresh food to clients at the pantry. Thanks for all you do.
CAIN helps people through their services. They smile, talk to people, and give good advice. CAIN helped me with food, my energy bill, furniture, and with my needs.
Being around good people in a good environment has a positive effect in my life.
CAIN helps out. The people here are good, friendly people. When I came here, CAIN gave me food, and gave me a microwave at Christmas-time.
If you need help and you live in Northside, you should come to CAIN because they will help you in any way they can.
CAIN has helped us so much. I have six kids and I'm a single mom. My kids' dad died last year, so it's just me and the kids. CAIN has helped by giving us plenty of food. It's way different than other pantries.
CAIN cares. It's not just a service; they care. They are friends of whoever they help. They learn about you, ask questions, and talk to you.
When I come to CAIN, I feel like I'm going to my mom's house to shop in her fridge. CAIN made a huge difference in my life. Even though I come here once a month, it lasts. I don't have to worry about feeding my kids.
Come to CAIN!
CAIN is a great place. I would refer a friend or family member. It's a great environment for kids and family. They go the extreme to meet all your family's needs.
CAIN helped me with food when I didn't have it. They also help me with furniture vouchers, clothing, and gas and electric bills.
At CAIN, I feel at home. I feel welcomed with open arms.
CAIN is a good resource for help and food. CAIN helped feed me and my son. People at CAIN are really kind and helpful.
The staff and people here are very nice. Everyone is warm and wonderful. The cook -- kiss her and bless her hands! I learned how to cook zucchini and squash at CAIN. I never thought that I would like it, but when I tasted the ingredients at CAIN, I had to go home and make it. Now I know how to cook it. So CAIN taught me a healthy, quick dish!
If this place wasn't here, it would be horrible. Since we don't have a grocery store, CAIN provides the services that the community needs. And it's free, so it really helps out a lot. The products are always fresh. CAIN meets our needs from hygiene to food -- everything. And we leave here with a warm stomach, so if someone comes here hungry, they won't leave hungry.
CAIN always keeps their guests as the main focus and volunteers and staff treat guests with compassion, respect and affection.
CAIN treats each guest with dignity and affection and the focus on healthy food helps to improve the lives of the guests CAIN serves.
CAIN is a wonderful service for people that live in Northside in Cincinnati, which is a food desert. As manager of the Northside Farmers Market, we partner with CAIN on many of our efforts to increase food access in our area. They have been instrumental in making sure our vendors do not have waste food or their efforts by allowing them to donate unsold food for distribution at the food pantry the next morning. CAIN continues to support the farmers market with special projects, such as cooking on a budget. We have collaboratively developed a recipe brochure with five recipes that feeds a family of 4 for $50, all with items found at the market. Additionally, we offer cooking classes to learn how to make the recipes. CAIN is truly a wonderful organization that helps a lot of people.
They are helping in the neighborhood in a large variety of ways and have continued to change their role at the needs change.
As a board member of Northside Farmers Market and a resident of Northside, I've seen the great work CAIN has done in the realm of food access. I am thankful to be a member of a community that serves it's citizens as diligently as the folks at CAIN.
I'm on the board of the Northside Farmers' Market. We have a longstanding relationship with CAIN that has helped us implement a program of accepting SNAP benefits and offering Produce Perks to our lower income customers. Our neighborhood is currently a food desert, and our partnership with CAIN has helped us offer good quality food, creative recipes, and cooking training to people of ALL income levels.
My daughters and I worked to help stock CAIN's shelves for their Christmas Angel event. This allows struggling families to come and "shop" for gifts for the holidays. CAIN does an amazing job of rallying people and businesses to provide a solid assortment of gifts for their guests to choose from. Our efforts involved sorting and shelving books. I remember what a pleasure it was to me to get a book at Christmas. It's wonderful to be able to help that happen for other families. CAIN strives, more than any other charity with which I've had contact, to treat the people who come through their door with respect and care. They empower their guests to wisely navigate difficult circumstances.
I have lived from one end of the country to the other and volunteered in many places. CAIN is, by far, my favorite. From its humble beginnings, it is absolutely amazing how it has grown under the quiet guidance of Mimi Chamberlain. I am honored to have been a part of this organization for a period of my life.
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.
A year ago I started volunteering at CAIN's food pantry. Every Tuesday I look forward to being with the other volunteers who are becoming my friends and assisting shoppers with their grocery needs. Everyone is treated with grace and smiles. The volunteers are happy to help and the guests are grateful for the opportunity to fill their pantry and feed their families. CAIN is a great place with great plans for the future!
CAIN food pantry has been "practicing" service to people in need in Northside for over 25 years. Though the needs of residents have remained similar over that time, the range of goods and services that CAIN provides has expanded enormously to include free tax preparation, free haircuts, demos and tasting of recipes made from available produce, enormous choices among healthy foods and hygiene products, links and access to assistance with rent, utilities, medicaid, EBT cards, job training within greater Cincinnati, and a Christmas gift selection opportunity for about 400 families. CAIN also provides a "voice" in community decisions, for those experiencing poverty, through its participation in the Farmer Market, Apple Street Market, Community Council, Business Association and the monthly articles in Northsider newspaper. CAIN has earned enormous support from residents contributing monthly and annually, financially and in volunteer hours. CAIN is a food pantry and a crisis ministry center, welcoming guests with respect and ever-expanding, forward thinking services.
CAIN's support by United Way is an acknowledgement of the numerous ways CAIN supports guests through and out of poverty.
Sometimes I consider volunteering somewhere else, but when I count all the ways CAIN is a gift of love and empowerment to hundreds of children and adults, no other opportunity to serve compares.
For over 15 years I have volunteered at CAIN and have been a Board member for 4 years. Of NorthChurch mission partners, CAIN is the largest recipient of our funding. CAIN serves an absolutely crucial role in our community, providing a measure of food security, and also as a place of trust for guests to unburden themselves through prayer and compassionate listening. A spirit of creativity and hope flows from our Executive Director and staff through to volunteers and cycles back to us from the appreciation and acknowledgement of the guests. Love is alive at CAIN!
I am a volunteer on Monday Nights at the food pantry. I really like how friendly the staff and other volunteers are, not only with the other volunteers but the clients as well. CAIN does an amazing job with pushing nutrition into the food pantry experience as well, which is rare for food pantries.
I'am so grateful for Cain worker's they are awesome people . I'am always greeted with a smile , they make me feel welcome and are very helpful in my pantry choices. They care about you and never look down on you for coming there when you need help.
CAIN is an extraordinary place. Community members that come to get food at the pantry are treated individually, like guests, with dignity and respect. Time is taken to understand each guest's situation and see what other services and/or referrals can be offered. Everyone at CAIN cares!
Working at CAIN for the last year has been a blessing to me because I'm able to reach out with the love of Christ within a well-run structure that is ever evolving and improving. The pantry provides healthy food, and goes out of its way to provide lots of fresh produce. The volunteers and staff go the second mile to listen and to learn from our guests. Some of our guests have told me that they came for the joyful interaction they experience as well as for the food. And I believe the volunteers feel the same way about our guests. CAIN is really a community in Christ.