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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.


  • Oberlin gets state recognition in pursuit of health

    The city’s pursuit of the state’s Healthy Community Award is having a positive effect on residents in and around Oberlin.

    Last year, Oberlin was one of about a dozen municipalities in the state to receive the award from the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Creating Healthy Communities. On Monday, city officials were presented with a banner proclaiming the achievement.

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  • Spring has sprung in the OCS garden!

  • Consider a 30-Day Vegetable Challenge!

    The 30-Day Vegetable Challenge is gaining momentum and it may be time for you to consider implementing it in your life. This challenge is completed by reducing or eliminating meat from the diet. The meat is then replaced with servings of fruits and veggies. However, making meals healthier does not mean that they will be lacking in flavor. There are recipes floating around for veggie pizzas, burgers, and stir fries that will make your mouth water.
    Eating more veggies will quickly impact your health. Vegetables are typically low calorie foods with a high amount of vitamins and minerals. They contain fiber which can help to regulate your digestive system. Also, by improving your diet, your risk of developing other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer decreases significantly.
    If trying the vegetarian challenge is something that interests you, check out the resources listed here.
  • SNAP-Ed Cooking Matters Series of Classes

    Join us for FREE cooking courses and learn to prepare delicious, new recipes and get your family excited about healthy eating! Learn tricks to buy healthy food on a budget and take home free groceries after each lesson. A free cooking guide with over sixty recipes is included. Learn more here: Cooking Matters. 

  • Be a part of Oberlin Ecolympics 2017!

    Participate in Oberlin Ecolympics 2017 happening April 14 – May 5!

    Oberlin Ecolympics is an annual conservation competition and community event series. The College co-ops and dorms will compete to reduce electricity and water use from April 14 – April 28, while the City schools will compete April 21 to May 5. During this time, there will be a variety of fun and informative events for the community. All are welcome!

    If you use Facebook you can find 25 events here: Some events will have raffle prizes including gift cards to local businesses! Events as well as the current leader boards can be found at We hope to see you!

  • Volunteer Training

    OCS now hosts a monthly volunteer training on the third Thursday of each 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.

  • Spring 2017 Adult Education Classes

    Spring GED classes got underway Wednesday, January 4, 9:30 am-12:30pm. These classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at The Depot (across from McDonald’s in Oberlin.
    GED classes will help you prepare to take the GED test 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 course is offered two or three times each year. Please call OCS for more information.

  • Our next Saturday food distribution is May 13, 10:30am-1:00pm

    No need to show up before 9 am! At our Saturday distributions, each person who is here at 9:15 am 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.

    If you are interested in volunteering for the Saturday distribution, please contact us at Oberlin Community Services at 440-774-6579 or email us at Volunteer shifts are from 8:30 am to 12 pm, or 11 am to 2:30 pm.