News & Events at OCS

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Join us at the empty bowls concert!

This wonderful event is a highlight of the holiday season. All proceeds benefit OCS. December 12th at First Church at 7pm.


Saturday food distribution

Saturday, December 9th is our next Saturday food distribution! Anyone in Lorain county is welcome to come pick up food (just bring a photo ID!). If you'd like to pick up food, our doors will be open from 10:30 AM -1:00 PM.

If you'd like to volunteer for the distribution, please contact Rosa Gadsden at

You're welcome to both pick up food and to volunteer on Saturday, but if you'd like to do both, please arrive before 9AM.

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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


check out OUR New adaptive trikes!

Special thanks to our partners at Lorain County General Health District and SWERVE bike shop in Oberlin!

Oberlin gets state recognition in pursuit of health

The city’s pursuit of the state’s Healthy Community Award is having a positive effect on residents in and around Oberlin.

Last year, Oberlin was one of about a dozen municipalities in the state to receive the award from the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Creating Healthy Communities. 

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OCS Board names Margie Flood new executive director

The Board of Directors at Oberlin Community Services (OCS) is pleased to announce Margie Flood as its new Executive Director, effective November 17th. OCS is an organization that provides direct assistance, referrals, outreach services and educational support to residents of Oberlin, New Russia Township and southern Lorain County. "Margie brings extensive experience to this role and our board voted unanimously to name her our new Executive Director,” said Board President Leo Braido.

Since 2010, Margie has led and implemented programming and managed operations at OCS while administering to client needs on a daily basis. She brings deep knowledge of the organization and a passion for serving the community. "I grew up in Oberlin, have extensive roots here and have always deeply valued the diversity and unique nature of the town. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as Executive Director. The staff is fantastic, as are the volunteers and clients—I enjoy everyone who walks through these doors. It is a remarkable place.”

OCS has experienced tremendous growth in the last few years. A top priority of the new Executive Director will be to strengthen programs in order to ensure long-term sustainability. “I want to solidify the impressive legacy that has been established and to elevate our capacity to address the needs of the communities we serve in ways that are inclusive, equitable and sustainable.”

Wasting no time, she and OCS staff have begun goal setting and visioning. “We are asking, ‘What needs to be improved? What needs to continue as-is?’ I welcome input from everyone in the community: we are a responsive community organization, after all. I feel strongly that where people choose to put their time, money and effort depends on where they feel valued and where they see value. I want to ensure that everyone involved has a positive experience by fostering a culture of inspiration and a sense of belonging."

A committed community volunteer, Margie serves on the boards of the Bill Long Foundation and Genesis House, and enjoys sharing her love of music by performing at area retirement communities. An accomplished violinist, she has performed with symphonies in Wisconsin and Ohio. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University and pursued graduate studies in Environmental education through Antioch College. Margie lives in Oberlin with her husband, Rick and daughter, Clara Margaret.

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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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OHS interact

Presenting the OCS story to Oberlin High School Interact students. Along the way, recruiting some new volunteers!



In honor of former board member and community volunteer Jacqui Willis, OCS was able to provide school supplies for students at our annual Back2School event. Many thanks to community members and organizations for their support!

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