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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are helping in the neighborhood in a large variety of ways and have continued to change their role at the needs change.

2 cyndiscraig

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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2 Alexander K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAIN is dedicated to improving the lives of people in my community and they do an amazing job of carrying out their mission. CAIN is action oriented and maintains an impressive pace in their actions. People are being served daily and it's being done in a professional yet personal way that inspires those around them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAIN serves the Northside community with compassion and holistic care through relationships, and practical service which meets people's immediate needs. Volunteers and staff honor all people's dignity in the way they have designed and implemented their pantry, tax filing, community meals and garden, and shelter programs. Those involved with CAIN are an inspired community with generous hearts; creative, progressive, and open-minded toward CAIN's expanding vision and mission to serve Northside and beyond. I am proud and thankful to know and participate with CAIN!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From my experience the mission of CAIN is vitally important for the people of the community. And the mission is being accomplished. More to be done of course. The director, board & staff are top quality in my view. Hope is continually raised in the community through the work of CAIN

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Jennifer B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.