Founded in 1955 and currently celebrating sixty years of service, Oberlin Community Services (OCS) is a responsive community organization that provides direct assistance, referrals, and other services to Oberlin and southern Lorain County residents and groups who need help meeting basic needs. Our staff is small but remarkably dedicated and efficient. By the measure of clients served — more than 1800 households in 2016 –we are the largest “safety-net” agency in our service area.
Our service region includes the City of Oberlin and ten nearby townships, villages and cities: Brighton, Camden, Carlisle, Huntington, Lagrange, New Russia, Penfield, Pittsfield, Rochester, and Wellington. According to the 2010 data, 28.4% of lifelong Oberlinians live below the poverty line. In Wellington, our next largest service area, 15.6% of people live below the poverty line. Sixty percent of the children in the Oberlin public schools (which serve several townships as well as the City of Oberlin) are eligible for free or reduced lunches.