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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We are fortunate to have a new staff member, Brittany Lovett. As an Americorps VISTA member, she is our new Events and Grants Coordinator. Welcome, Brittany and thank you to Americorps!

"AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities."

Learn more about Americorps >

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. Dates for 2017 include:

September 9
October 14
November 11
December 9

Please bring your own bags and a photo ID. More >

Emergency assistance

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


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.

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Community Foundation of Lorain county names cynthia H. Andrews new leader

Oberlin Community Services is delighted to share the news: The Community Foundation of Lorain County Board of Directors has named Cynthia H. Andrews as its incoming president and CEO. 

Read the article in the Morning Journal >

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Oberlin Bike share

Your move! OCS now has a FREE bike rental program. Check out a bike at @Oberlin Community Services any time between 9am-12pm & 1pm-5pm, Monday-Friday! Please bring an ID. #CreatingHealthyCommunities#LiveHealthyOberlin #YourMoveOH #YourMoveOberlin

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.

Meet our "wise" women

WISE (Women in Sustainable Employment) provides women job training and career coaching opportunities to assist them in finding sustainable employment. More >

See the flyer about the WISE Pathways Program Explorations Course, held September 12th-October 14th at OCS.

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.

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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