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285 S Professor St.,
Oberlin, OH 44074
Open Weekdays
9am-12pm & 1pm-5pm
(440) 774-6579
Oberlin Community Services is a responsive community organization that provides direct assistance, referrals, outreach services and educational support to Oberlin, New Russia Township, and southern Lorain County residents who seek help meeting basic needs.


  • OCS November Networking Luncheon

    The OCS November Networking Luncheon will take place on Wednesday November 16th from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM. Community partners will gather over lunch to discuss projects and share information. This month’s topic will be food rescue and food waste; OCS will be presenting a comprehensive Oberlin-wide food rescue program we’re attempting to organize. Also, we need a lot of help setting up for the luncheon, so if any volunteers are available on Wednesday morning from 9:00-11:30 AM we’d appreciate the support!


    Registration is happening NOV. 1-15 for the Holiday Helping Hands gifts for kids program!

    Want to become a sponsor? Give us a call or send us an email before Nov. 15.

    Have children under the age of 18, live in Oberlin and want some help providing holiday gifts for your family? Sign up at OCS during regular business hours (9-noon and 1-5 Monday through Friday). Please bring ID, proof of Oberlin residency, and sizes and gift ideas for the children.

  • Oberlin Holiday Food Distributions

    OCS is offering two special holiday food distributions for Oberlin residents.

    November 18, we will give out Thanksgiving baskets and

    December 21 we will offer a holiday choice pantry.

    You must pre-register by November 15!

    Please bring your ID and proof of Oberlin residency to OCS during regular business hours (9-noon and 1-5, Monday through Friday).

  • Social Justice Service and Engagement Winter Term Fellowship

    Do you want to fight poverty and food insecurity over winter term? OCS is offering a full credit community engagement WT experience. Fellows will take part in direct service, intensive hands-on study, as well as reading and discussion. Contact Hannah Rosenberg ( for application information.

  • Next Volunteer Training on November 16th

    OCS now hosts a monthly volunteer training on the third Wednesday of every month from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Volunteers are required to attend training once every six months.  Food will be provided! This hour will serve as a time to discuss best practices, get on the same page about OCS policies, and appreciate the work we all do to keep OCS running.

  • Fall 2016 Adult Education Classes

    This Fall 2016, OCS will be hosting two adult education classes: weekly GED classes and WE3 (Women Empowered, Educated and Employed).

    GED classes will help you prepare to take the GED and improve your skills for a new job, college or training.  For more information, please email the OCS American Counts Tutor, Christine Anderson ( or call OCS.

    WE3 is a career exploration course designed for women to explore non-traditional, in-demand jobs in the energy, utilities, construction and manufacturing industries. This year, classes will take place at OCS every Tuesday and Thursday starting September 13th, 2016. For more information, email Cherilyn Holloway ( or call OCS at 440-774-6579.

  • Our next Saturday food distribution is December 10th

    No need to show up before 9am! At our Saturday distributions, each person who is here at 9:15am will receive a randomly drawn ticket to get their place in line. After that, we will use the usual ticket system. As always, we expect the shortest wait to be after 11 am. Please bring your own bags and some form of ID.

  • Check Out POWER

    POWER (Providing Oberlin with Energy Responsibly) wants everyone to know about audits available through Columbia Gas! The audit will find any issues in your house that may be causing you to lose heat, so get it done before it gets cold! Columbia Gas and POWER also can help you find out how you can qualify to get those needed updates done to your house at low or no cost to you. Call 1-877-644-6674 to schedule your audit, or check out their website: ! POWER also can help you find out how to get a free or discounted audit!