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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.


  • Our next produce distribution is October 27th

    This distribution will take place from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM outside the Depot. You can drive through in your car and receive a pre-packed bag, or you can walk through with a cart and select your own items. Either way, there will be plenty!

    Please bring photo ID with you!

  • 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 October 19th

    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 November 12th

    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!

  • Monthly Food Distribution Dates for 2016!

    Our monthly Saturday food distributions will be 10:30 -1:00 on the following dates:
    October 8
    November 12
    December 10th

    Our monthly Thursday free produce distributions will be 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on the following dates
    September 29
    October 27

    Both distributions are open to all Lorain County residents. Please bring your own bags and a photo ID.