“Won’t you be my neighbor?” No one can forget the kind and thoughtful words of Mr. Rogers who greeted each day by first welcoming you into his home and then, asking you to be his neighbor. It was always a “wonderful day in the neighborhood.” You have wonderful neighbors too and some of them volunteer for the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS).
It is the mission of NEEDS to provide emergency assistance to the neediest families in the Northeast Cincinnati community. NEEDS is a community of 25 churches and civic organizations whose mission is to do God’s work through caring for their neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance. NEEDS is an all-volunteer cooperative located in the Kenwood Baptist Church and NEEDS does not receive government support. The NEEDS board oversees an active foodbank, as well as provides neighbors-in-need with housing and utility payment assistance. During the year NEEDS supports local schools through school supply and clothing item drives. NEEDS serves more than 2,500 people in northeastern Hamilton County.
It doesn’t take much to volunteer for NEEDS. There are volunteers who organize canned food drives, volunteers who pack school supplies, volunteers who aide families during holiday seasons, and of course, volunteers who stock, sort, and help serve at the food pantry. The NEEDS volunteer comes from your neighborhood, your office, your children’s schools, your civic club and your place of worship. Any one who wishes to help is welcome, there is a lot to do – all you need to do is offer your best skills or ask how your skills can be put to use.
Now, take a look at the NEEDS volunteers to see if they are your neighbors. If they are, ask them how you can help serve your community by being a volunteer for the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service. If you don’t recognize a neighbor or friend in our photo, consider volunteering yourself by calling (513) 891-0850. You may even want to start your own neighborhood or civic club canned food drive. There is no better way to have a “wonderful day” than helping in your neighborhood.
The NEEDS food pantry is located at the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, 45236 and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 am – 1 pm. Donations of canned goods and other items are always accepted at the NEEDS food pantry. Monetary gifts can be mailed to: NEEDS, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. For pick-up of donated items or to ask questions please call (513) 891-0850 (NEEDS) or checkout NEEDS website: http://www.cincyneeds.org/