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.


Volunteers needed!

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

Summer Youth food program

Youth in the community can pick up free lunches at OCS from  1:00-4:00 pm Monday through Friday throughout the summer. Learn more about our Summer Food Service Program.

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.


Back-2-school Block party!

Come hang out with us at OCS for the block party on August 18th! Join us from 2-4pm to share food, festivities and receive your school supplies!

To donate items, please drop off at locations around town including Ben Franklin, First Church, IGA and others.

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 >

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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