We are a responsive community organization that provides direct assistance, referrals, outreach services and educational support to community members who seek help meeting basic needs.


Located in Ohio, we serve Oberlin, New Russia Township and southern Lorain County.


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OCS is looking to hire a Volunteer Outreach Associate! For more information please click the link below.

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 Beginning in February 2018, our choice pantry will be open until 6PM every Tuesday for extended pantry hours. Running Tuesday February 6 though Tuesday March 27.

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A Message from Margie

Welcome to the Oberlin Community Services website! I hope you find it helpful. If you haven’t been able to find the information you were looking for, please give us a call or drop by; we’d be happy to help. 

I have had the pleasure of being part of OCS for a long time, and I am deeply committed to our mission. I am thrilled, therefore, to have the opportunity to further that mission through my new role as Executive Director.  

As I reflect on where we have been and where we are, I am deeply grateful for everyone who has been a part of our journey thus far: volunteers, clients, donors, staff and more. I am reminded that each good act, no matter how small, can make a positive difference in many people’s lives. Thank you. Moving forward, I hope more of you will join us. It is my deepest desire that OCS be a place where all feel welcome and valued, where all people feel nourished in some way. I want OCS to continue to build and bolster the greater Oberlin Community through our services; and community is built one person at a time. So, whether you just come to say hello, or to receive services, whether you donate your good ideas, your time, your energy, or make a financial contribution, I hope you will be a part of OCS  as we work together to nourish, strengthen and grow this very special place.

Give to OCS

Your dollars provide direct assistance for food and emergency services in our community. Any amount makes a difference.

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Volunteers needed!

We appreciate our dedicated volunteers. Find out how you can get involved on our Volunteering page.

Saturday distribution schedule

Saturday distributions are held the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 am-1:00 pm. Next distribution is December 9th.

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Emergency assistance

Need help? See our available Client Services to provide emergency assistance.


Our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was great. Volunteers joined us for a Mardi Gras Themed Luncheon. 

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Join us this Saturday for our monthly distribution. If your interested in volunteering please contact Rosa our Volunteer coordinator: rosa@oberlincommunityservices.org 

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OCS board names Margie flood new executive director

The Board of Directors at Oberlin Community Services (OCS) is happy to announce Margie Flood as its new Executive Director, effective November 17th.  "Margie brings extensive experience to this role and our board voted unanimously to name her our new Executive Director,” said Board President Leo Braido.

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Networking luncheons

Another successful networking luncheon, this time with our community collaboratives. Thrive Lorain County, WE3, UCAN, OberlinKids presented. For more information on our Networking Luncheons, please call us at 774-6579.

Visit our Garden

Our free-choice community garden is a place for all community members to share ideas, to learn, to volunteer and to share the harvest. Learn more about the People's Garden.


volunteer training schedule

Volunteer training classes are held every third Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:30 pm at OCS. Volunteers must attend a session at least once every six months. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Rosa Gadsden at rosa@oberlincommunityservices.org.

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Tutoring & Adult learning

We offer a variety of Tutoring programs for children of all ages. We also offer GED classes for Adult Learning.