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Causes: Christianity, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services, Religion

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 2015, CAIN provided critical necessities to 1,176 households – over 23% of all the 12,147 people who live in the 45223 area. Our Choice Pantry provided food and hygiene items over 4,600 times. Households visited an average of 4.43 times a year to choose food, including fresh produce; household, hygiene and baby items. There were a total of 5,204 visits which touched 13,378 people. Seven women were housed at Grace Place shelter. Phil’s Place volunteers and staff organized free meals on 51 Mondays serving an average of 80 people weekly. Through it all, we prayed with hundreds of guests, dried thousands of tears, and served countless cups of coffee.

Target demographics: low-income and under-resourced households at or below 200% of the poverty level

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 families each month with food, shelter and/or other essentials.

Geographic areas served: 45223 zipcode of Cincinnati, OH

Programs: Rainbow Choice Food Pantry; Phil's Place weekly community meal and Grace Place Shelter for women and children.

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a recent summer intern, CAIN provided me with a more rewarding experience than I could have imagined. CAIN not only helps the Northside community by providing groceries and hygiene supplies to those in need, but also establishes a welcoming atmosphere that becomes a sanctuary for volunteers and guests alike. I, like many others, found a home within the CAIN community that allowed me to broaden my perspectives, meet new people of all backgrounds, and contribute to the betterment of the surrounding community. CAIN is such a vital nonprofit organization because it provides the necessities that struggling families need, yet goes above and beyond through developing an entire support system in which volunteers and staff members truly listen to the families and do their best to provide all the help they can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The CAIN pantry is a vital local resource. Without CAIN, many local families would struggle to feed their children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One word that describes CAIN is "Hope", because that is what the organization tries to provide to people in the Northside community in Cincinnati, OH. CAIN puts forth their best effort to create a loving atmosphere where people feel at home. It is a not only a second home to guests but to volunteers. CAIN doesn't stop at providing free groceries and hygiene items to families, but they strive to educate on healthy eating habits which is beneficial in the long-run. Thank You CAIN!

Pat K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I and my 13-year-old son Joe have been volunteering at the CAIN Food Pantry for the past two years. For both of us, it has been an amazing experience. While the pantry is only about 2 miles from our comfortable home, Joe has discovered first-hand that many people in his world--even people who live close to us--are not living comfortable lives; they are hurting and struggling to survive. The unique and beautiful gift that CAIN brings is creating an environment in which the dignity and value of each person who walks through the door is cherished and celebrated. Guests are treated with warmth and genuine love, and are offered a kind listening ear---nourishment that is just as important (or more so) than the food we share.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping prepare and serve one of the Friday meals each month is such an immediate and gratifying way to reach out to people in need right in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cain helps Northside residents lead better lives. Volunteers are trained and treat each client with love and respect. Monies are used in a very efficient and thrifty manner.Every time3 I am volunteering at CAIN I am impressed by the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always love volunteering at CAIN. I feel like I am really needed and the clients are so appreciative. Everyone is treatedwith dignity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN is a place that embodies love - there is an atmosphere of love and respect with guests, volunteers, staff. People go the extra mile for each other and inspire others to do the same. Folks get help in a tough time, hope for tomorrow and are helped to get into better situations for the long term. One person's family was helped in a time of need years ago. This family comes back and serves. I first volunteered as a personal shopper during the "Angel Shop" held open over the holidays. It was very humbling to be thanked over and over and feel the gratitude a parent felt at being able to do for their family - to leave with food for balanced meals and gifts for children and more. Everyone who has volunteered with me comes back. This is a very special place and run with many best practices.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You come here to work, and you just love everyone. There's nobody here that you don't like. They put me in on the Enquirer Wish List last year, and I got a new tub! You can tell that everyone loves it here. I never had so many friends until I got here. I've been with CAIN since it started, and I'll be here until the end-- or my end. Being here gets you closer to God. I know I am. I've learned a lot being here; I learn something every time I'm here. I worked over at the Senior Center before I came here, and many of them came here, too. When you go to the store and you see people who come to CAIN, they always say hello. They give me a lot of credit, but MiMi is really a driving force behind CAIN. Everyone else is, too. They put all of their hearts into CAIN, and it shows. People ask, "How is it up there?" And I say that you go through it just like a grocery store, and they like that. If I ever won the money or the lottery (if I played the lottery), I'd give it all to CAIN. People ask why, and I say because God is the one who gave it to me! I love this place. It's just like home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Darla and I have been volunteering at CAIN for the last 4 years. It is a warm and welcoming environment where people are treated with respect and love. They leave with dignity and hope and feeling loved. I love volunteering there, I bring my children with me. I feel like CAIN is changing the world if not for only one person at a time. The experience at CAIN for me has been lifechanging. The staff are some of the most wonderful and caring people I have ever met. I appreciate the opportunity to serve along side each and everyone of them.......especially the one we call Amazing Grace!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAIN does many things well but their Angel Shop during the Holidays is truly special. They provide their guests with the opportunity to do a little giving of their own. Families can sign up through this program and go through the pantry picking out gifts they think their children and family members would enjoy. There is no better experience than giving a loved one a gift. I had a guest express to me that we keep the Christmas Spirit alive in their household. Everything CAIN does is such a huge help to the Northside Community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student from Miami University, and I have been a volunteer at CAIN for quite awhile. Every person that works at CAIN is so joyful, friendly, kind, loving, enthusiastic, and personable. You can absolutely see that they are doing God's work. They had tasks for us that we were able to accomplish well, and really allowed us to feel like we were making a positive impact. I love volunteering at CAIN! Thank you CAIN for being so wonderful! You are really making a big difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy seeing that we are able to help people out with finances, food, and bills. I love seeing smiles on their faces, and I love to be a blessing to the people, showing them that we love and support them. I love ministering to people about God. We have a prayer box set up so that if they have a request, they can submit it there. Hilda prays over them, and we can put them on a prayer list. I thank God that I am able to continue doing His work at CAIN and continue being a blessing to the people that come in. I love working with all of the volunteer workers. I think they're very supporting; they show their love and kindness to us workers and the people that come into CAIN. --Ron

Claire23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at CAIN for a service learning project for school two years ago, and I loved the organization so much that I kept coming back after my project was over! The staff and other volunteers at CAIN are so warm and welcoming that everyone who comes into the pantry receives a great experience. Many people with whom I have "shopped" rave about the items offered and the treatment that they receive. They love having warm soup or other snacks to eat while they wait to go through the pantry, and once they go through the pantry, being able to choose what items they take home is very important because they take home food that they will actually use. For the last two years, I have been back to help with the Secret Angel Christmas Shop during the first couple weeks of December, and it is quickly becoming my favorite Christmas tradition. Families or individuals sign up to go through the pantry, which is converted to contain Christmas gifts. They go through and pick out household items like blankets and pots and pans, toys, and cleaning supplies. Many have told me that these are the only Christmas gifts that they will receive, and it helps me to get in the Christmas spirit knowing that I am helping these people so much through CAIN. CAIN is by far my favorite place that I have done service at, and I will continue to come back and help out as long as they will have me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went with a college group called the TOMS club to drop off shoes that we had collected to donate them to families in need. In addition to sorting through the shoes, we made up emergency food bags for families that would not be able to get food during the holidays and sort through donated items that would be available to the families that CAIN serves for the holiday season. I was busy the entire time I was there and felt like I was actually making a difference. Everyone there was so nice and so appreciative of my work. I would love to go back and help again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All of the staff is wonderful and so friendly!! They provide an excellent service to the community and are great with assisting all their volunteers. They gave us plenty to do, kept us on task, and were extremely helpful! I really felt like I was able to help out!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen CAIN help people for many years. They do much good work in the Northside community. I like how people get to come and shop for the food their family will eat. Years ago the food pantry was different and the people had no choice in what they took home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am only able to help during the summer because I go to college but ever since i can remember i have been helping my mom volunteer there when i have a chance. I may not work on the inside but i knnow full well how much of an aid it is to the community how they help with everyday needs and have a project for christmas where they let clients go through like any other time and choose from items to give their families as gifts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here with my school and it was one of the best charitable organizations I have been too. The people were really nice, and I liked the grocery-style food pantry. I think it made the people who came in very happy, and I loved to see how much of an impact the organization made on the community. It was a great experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's nice to see people come in and to help them. The volunteers here are very polite and helpful to people. I have seen many people come in who are truly needy and may be out of jobs, and they are very appreciative.