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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Free Summer Splashzone passes 

SIGN UP AT OCS MAY 1-MAY 30  9 am-noon and 1pm-5pm

To qualify:  children must be Oberlin residents ages 2-17 and be eligible for free or reduced lunches. Read More>

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Womens Empowerment Series

Want to learn something new?  Want to connect with other women?  Oberlin Community Services is hosting a new series utilizing active learning.  Read More>

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OCS is looking to hire a Summer Tutors! For more information please click the link below.

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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-12:30 pm. Next distribution is May 12.

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

Emergency assistance

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


Pantry hours-update

OCS will be closing early Friday May 25th at 2:30pm. We will be reopening on Tuesday May 29th at 9:15am.

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Free summer tutoring  

Planning your child's summer? Don't forget to sign them up for Summer Tutoring at OCS.  For information contact Brittany Lovett at brittany@oberlincommunityservices.org or stop in for an application.  


Interested in volunteering?  

OCS is able to operate due to our great volunteers. We're always interested in adding more to our roster. Read More>



Networking luncheons

Another successful networking luncheon, this time with South Lorain County LINC (Local Initiative to Network Compassion) is a collaboration of police, fire, ems, churches, school administrations, non-profit organizations and individuals committed to serve people looking to overcome their addiction and the families of those addicts.  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.