Our Mission

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.



  • Garden with us!

    You’ll find us in the garden Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-5pm if the weather is nice, and Thursdays from 6:30-8. Kids are welcome, as are newcomers, amateurs, professionals– any and everyone!

  • Food Distribution on Saturday, April 11th

    Our next Saturday Food Distribution is Saturday, April 11th, starting at 10:30. We will be featuring some garden demos and sign-ups for our summer Sprouts programs, so you are welcome to bring your kids– they will be busy! We will have the depot open with hot drinks and snacks. If you’re feeling energetic and might like to volunteer, we will definitely want a lot of people to help folks out to the car with groceries (arrive around 10:30 for this) and to help us clean up after (arrive around 1:00).

  • Tax Counseling and Budget Coaching

    OCS will provide Tax Counseling through the Ohio Benefit Bank in the spring. If you’d like to be a tax counselor, please call the office. Anyone with basic math skills and comfort with technology who likes to work with people will be an excellent tax counselor! We are also looking for volunteer budget coaches.

  • GED Tutoring at OCS

    We will be offering GED tutoring and self-directed study resources at OCS starting in evenings in September. Tutors will be available for questions, and practice materials will be available for those preferring to work on their own. Please call (440) 774-6579 or email ocservices@oberlin.net if you are interested in participating or tutoring.